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). Don’t wait, be the first to earn your C-ELBW or C-NNIC certification.
These new exams will be introduced in three phases (time frames).
The introductory phase will include a registration period from September 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019, followed by a 60-day testing period, starting in November for both new subspecialty certifications. The exams that are administered during this period will be scored after the 60 days and after standard setting. Scores are anticipated to be available by March of 2020.
Those who participate in the Introductory phase will be eligible for NCCs Second Chance Free promotion. See details below.
After the introductory phase is completed, NCC will offer a second introductory registration and subsequent testing for a second form of the exam. The Second examination phase will include a registration period from November 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, followed by a 90-day testing window beginning 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.
After the introductory and second examination phase is completed, NCC will offer 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 once the test and scoring delay period has ended.
WHY AN INTRODUCTORY TESTING PHASE?
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 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.
IT IS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE TO BE FIRST
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.
SCORING OF RESULTS
All information is held until all candidates who registered during the Introductory period have tested. After statistical analysis and review are completed, results will be mailed to all those who took the test during this introductory phase. These are expected to occur no later than March 1, 2020. Pass/Fail Results will also be posted to your online accounts. You will be sent updates on the expected release dates for the pass/fail results. Those in the Secondary examination phase will not be able to test until March 1 of 2020. The exam results will be held until there are enough candidates who have tested to statistically analyze the examination to insure both difficulty of the form and pass/fail are in line with the first form of the exam.
SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PROMOTION
NCC is providing a “Second Chance Free” opportunity for those who register during the Introductory phase or the Secondary examination phase of testing. There is no cost for this registration and those who participated in the Introductory period or Secondary examination phase, who did not pass, will be allowed to take the test a second time for FREE if they still meet eligibility requirements. Details can be found below.
SECOND CHANCE FREE PROMOTION DETAILS
From September 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019, during the introductory phase or the secondary examination phase for the two new subspecialties (ELBW or NNIC), NCC will offer a second chance free promotion. 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.
This offer won’t last long, so register now. (OPENS SEPTEMBER 1, 2019)
TESTING OVERVIEW for Phase I: Introductory
Registration for the introductory registration phase will open September 1st and close October 31, 2019. Registration is online. Once determined eligible you will receive an eligibility notification by email and in your account with instructions on how to make your computer test appointment. The 60-day testing window will begin in October 1, 2019. Registration for the Second Examination Phase will open October 1, 2019 and close December 31, 2019. Once determined eligible 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 will begin March 1, 2020.
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, www.goamp.com, 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
ELIGIBILITY AND CREDENTIAL DESIGNATION
CREDENTIAL: All those who successfully complete the Care of the Extremely Low Birth Weight Neonatal certification examination will be entitled to use the credential C-ELBW. To learn more about this exam and to register click here.
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.
*OTHER THAN THE UNIQUE CHANGES TO EXAMINATION OUTLINED ABOVE, ALL OTHER NCC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES RELATED TO REGISTRATION AND TESTING APPLY.