New Subspecialty Certification

NCC is pleased to debut two new subspecialty exams for those wishing to demonstrate their expertise in the Care of the Extremely Low Birth Weight Neonate (C-ELBW) and Neonatal Neuro-Intensive Care (C-NNIC).  All testing and standard-setting has been completed for C-ELBW and scores for those who tested have been sent.  This certification is now open for registration along with all of NCCs certifications. The C-NNIC exam is still in phase III and scores for phase II are currently not available. The current pandemic has prevented testing for this exam and as of this time, NCC does not have enough scores to evaluate the exam statistics.  Once testing begins again the exam results will be sent. 

Registration for Phase II has ended

 The Second examination phase registration period ended on December 31, 2019, at 11:59 pm CST. The  90-day testing window began in March of 2020.  Please note the testing window is delayed.  Scores are anticipated to be available by June of 2020.  Those who participate in the Second Examination Phase will be eligible for NCCs Second Chance Free promotion.  See details below.

Phase III: Open registration will begin January 1, 2020 for both exams

NCC is now offering open registration with 90-day testing windows which will begin in March of 2020 or later based on the date of registration. There will be no "second chance free" promotion and scoring and test results may be delayed until the standard setting is completed.  


Whenever a new exam is offered, all questions used have no statistical history by virtue of the fact the exam has never been given before.  In order to gather the vital statistical information on the item and total examination performance to make valid psychometric judgments on pass/fail determinations, statistics from actual test takers must be ascertained. A pass/fail status cannot be reported upon the completion of your examination until the overall exam performance data is collected and analyzed from all test takers who test during your same testing window. 

Since the test questions and exam have no psychometric (statistical) history, results from all test-takers in the Introductory testing phase and the Secondary exam phase will be analyzed for psychometric soundness and performance prior to scoring.  Any question that does not meet the appropriate psychometric standards will be deleted from scoring and will not count toward or detract from an individual’s score.  This gives those who take the first test the advantage of the “benefit of the doubt” in determining pass/fail status.

All information is held until all candidates who registered during phase II have tested. After statistical analysis and review are completed, results will be mailed to all those who took the test during this time. Current, with the pandemic, testing is halted and results will be further delayed  You will be sent updates on the expected release dates for the pass/fail results. The exam results will be held until there are enough candidates who have tested to statistically analyze the examination to ensure both difficulties of the form and pass/fail are in line with the first form of the exam.

Those who registered for the new exams by 12/31/2019 before 11:59 pm CST,  will be allowed to take the test a second time for FREE if they are unsuccessful on their first attempt and still meet eligibility requirements. Details can be found below.


Phase I and II registration and the SECOND CHANCE Promotion ended on December 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM CST. For those who registered during the Second Chance Free promotion time frame, if you are unsuccessful in achieving certification on your first examination attempt, you can apply to retake the same NCC  subspecialty certification examination for a second attempt at certification for free.   You have one year from the date you failed the exam to register. You will be able to reapply by logging in, meeting eligibility and registering again after March 1, 2020.  Please note, there is a  90-day waiting period from the first examination attempt before you can register for your second attempt.

  • Offer applies to certification registrations submitted and approved between September 1-December 31, 2019
  • Applies to NCC new subspecialty certifications (C-ELBW and C-NNIC)
  • Candidates must wait 90 days from the date they took the exam for all computer tests or from the day they received their official results for all paper/pencil exams to register again.
  • Candidates must submit another application, and re-establish eligibility to register.
  • Candidates who wish to claim this offer must submit their 2nd chance application within one year of the day the first exam was taken. After that time, the offer will no longer be valid. 
  • The promotion is not transferable to other certifications or to other persons.
  • The exam can only be taken twice in a calendar year.
  • If an applicant files earlier than 90-days from the failed test date, the application will be denied.
  • If you are asked for payment you should abandon the registration and contact NCC to verify eligibility.  Those eligible for the second chance free promotion should not be asked for payment. You must be logged in to the NCC website when you register.  Candidates who register again and pay a registration fee will not receive a refund. Please see information on the amount of refund with withdrawals.

TESTING OVERVIEW for Phase II: Introductory

Once determined eligible for NNIC you will receive an eligibility notification by email and in your account with instructions on how to make your computer test appointment.  The 90-day testing window began March 1, 2020 for everyone in Phase II or Phase III. 

The examinations will be delivered via computer at one of the over 250 AMP/PSI Assessment Centers located throughout the United States. Exams will be administered by appointment only Monday through Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. AMP Assessment Centers are typically located in H&R Block offices. See the AMP/PSI website,, for more information. Subspecialty exams (ELBW and NNIC) are 2 hours long. Please review the NCC Guide to Testing Methods.

The examination fee is $210 which includes a nonrefundable $50 application fee submission cost. Individuals can send in registration applications at any time

  • The examination fee must be paid when submitting the application.
  • There is a $30 reprocessing fee for applications submitted with missing incomplete or incorrect information.
  • After an exam is purchased, there is a 6-hour window to cancel the order.  The order can be canceled by logging into the account and clicking on "Cancel Application" found under the new certification. Only you can cancel the application and you must meet the 6-hour window. 
  • After 6 hours, an on-line Exam Withdrawal Request is required for a partial refund.
  • All applications must be submitted online at the NCC website.
  • All applications are reviewed for eligibility
  • It can take up to two weeks to determine eligibility
  • Once the application is approved, you will be emailed an eligibility letter that will indicate a 60-day eligibility window in which to schedule and take your examination. You have 60 days to set up a test appointment with our testing vendor and take the exam. The sooner you sign up to take the exam during the introductory examination phase, the sooner the tests can be reviewed and scored.
  • Payment can be made by credit card or check routing.
  • Please review the examination registration catalogs. The examination registration catalog lists additional fees that may apply. 

Certified-Neonatal Neuro-Intensive Care (C-NNIC)
ELIGIBILITY: Subspecialty Exam leading to C-NNIC Certification
Complete details can be found at EXAM REGISTRATION CATALOG and CANDIDATE GUIDE

  • Current licensure in the U.S. or Canada as a physician, registered nurse, advanced practice registered nurse, or respiratory therapist. The license number, licensing state or province and expiration date will need to be recorded. You will need to upload verification of current licensure.
  • No practice experience is required but it is recommended that you have a minimum of one year of experience.
  • See details in the registration catalog.

CREDENTIAL: All those who successfully complete the Neonatal Neuro-Intensive Care certification examination will be entitled to use the credential C-NNIC.  To learn more about this exam and to register click here.


NNIC RegistrationELBW Registration