An American Nurses Credentialing Center certification lasts five years. During the fifth year, nurses can renew their certifications for five more years. Some nurses must renew their certifications before the expiration date in order to continue practicing.
ANCC certifications require five-year renewals to ensure that nurses continue to learn about their professions and remain capable members of their fields. Nurses demonstrate knowledge and capability by providing records of participation in educational courses, research, mentoring programs and practice in their specialties. Nurses should submit renewals as early as possible in the final year of their certifications to avoid expiration. The ANCC accepts renewals by mail or online at NurseCredentialing.org.