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Becoming certified with NCCT shows employers (and the public) that you have met defined standards for career entry. Individuals who earn certifications are equipped to bring something more than just a resume or an application to the job search.

Since ongoing professional development is part of the recertification process, NCCT certificants who maintain active status will have documented completion of approved continuing education activities annually!

Each certifier determines their own certification requirements. While NCCT credentials are valid for five years from the certification date, valid credentials can be maintained in an active or inactive status. To learn more about active and inactive status, please refer to the Guide to the Recertification Process.

NCCT believes continuous learning is important in healthcare, and the annual completion of continuing education activities best harmonize with this belief.

A scaled score of 70 is required to pass all NCCT certification examinations.

Examination items are written by subject-matter experts (SMEs) who are currently certified and working in the profession. SME experience ranges from those who are early in their career to those who are seasoned veterans. We look for diverse perspectives so that our items reflect practice across the country.

If you are interested in working with NCCT as a SME in various capacities, please submit your resume to smeresumes@ncctinc.com.

Every examination form consists of items that are scored (count towards your total score and determine whether you pass or fail) and unscored (testing out to get more data). We at NCCT want to be confident that an item is assessing what it is supposed to, so we have candidates respond to the item before it contributes to your total score. Candidates don’t know the difference between a scored and unscored item when they are taking the exam.

Although the items on the practice and certification examinations are assessing the same concepts, they are not the exact same items. This is because the practice examination’s purpose is to help candidates learn and prepare for the certification examination, while the certification examination’s purpose is to assess your knowledge and competencies. Furthermore, candidates could memorize the items on the practice examination and give themselves an unfair advantage.

A scaled score is a representation of the total number of correct answers a candidate has provided that has been converted onto a standardized scale. It allows for direct and fair comparisons regarding examination scores. To learn more about scaled scores, click here to read NCCT’s explanation.

Yes and no. Many candidates first receive their NCCT certification through a specialized class in school. Once a candidate has taken and passed their certification examination, they have entered a lifelong relationship with NCCT. In order to maintain your certification, a certificant must commit themselves to participating in ongoing learning opportunities. Click here to learn more about continuing education (CE) opportunities and access NCCT’s CE library.

Remote testing or remote proctoring refers to the administration of an examination through a method that allows the candidate and proctor to be in different locations. If you can’t make it to a testing center or one isn’t located nearby, you can take a certification examination from the comfort of your own home.

To schedule a remote testing session, please contact NCCT at 800-875-4404.

NCCT is proud to have its programs accredited through NCCA for many years. Having certification programs that are accredited means we are held to a higher standard. We work tirelessly to review examinations with subject-matter experts every year to ensure they are fair and accurate assessments of your knowledge. Being accredited shows you, the certificant, that NCCT is in compliance with those higher standards.


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