Re-certification Requirements

Each certification granted by the Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Certification Board (DNPCB) is valid for a three-year period. Expiration of certification shall occur uniformly on December 31. All certificants are subject to audit to ensure that the majority of their practice is focused in dermatology. Fifty percent of current work must be in dermatology. Candidates for re-certification must meet eligibility requirements for certification:

  1. Hold a current and unrestricted license as a registered nurse in the US, Canada, or a country approved by C-NET.
  2. Have a minimum of three years of recent experience as a nurse practitioner in dermatology.
  3. Maintain national certification as a nurse practitioner.

Re-certification candidates must also pay re-certification fees, and must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Successful completion of the certification examination prior to certification expiration. OR
  2. Submission of completed application for re-certification through continuing education prior to certification expiration.

The 2024 Recertification Application will be available on August 1; the deadline is October 31, 2024.

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CE Broker

CE Broker is the official CE tracking system of the Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Certification Board. Certificants have been emailed with a unique identification number to register for free with CE Broker. If you did not receive the email please contact

CE Broker's support center is based in Jacksonville, FL and staffed with experts who will be thoroughly trained on the rules and regulations for the DNPCB. Open 8AM- 8PM ET, Monday through Friday, you can reach them by phone at 877-434-6323, or via email and live chat. For additional information and helpful guides, please visit:

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