The Candidate Center is your hub for information related to the certification process. Here you can find instructions and policy documents and other information that is specific to first time, returning and Maintenance of Certification candidates. Please read the information carefully as you view the documents that are relevant to you. We encourage you to check back often as you continue your journey.
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FIRST-TIME AND RETURNING
The resources on this page include certificate-specific standards, component instructions, and important policy and procedure documents.
MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION
The National Board provides resources that can guide you through the Maintenance of
Certification process. We also provide answers to some
Frequently Asked Questions.
The National Board has implemented an electronic portfolio submission system, ePortfolio, which simplifies and enhances the way candidates compile and submit materials for evaluation.
Get answers to our most asked questions by
visiting our FAQs.
ASSESSMENT CENTER TESTING
The National Board has engaged Pearson VUE to
deliver the online assessment of National Board
Certification at locations across the United States.
National Board Certification is a standards-based
assessment. Your score reflects the degree to which assessors were able to locate clear, consistent, and convincing evidence that you have met the National Board Standards specific to your certificate area.