Posted 04/26/2013 Notice: (Certification Testing - CASTLE) The number to contact the NAPNES Testing Service has CHANGED from that in your authorization letter. The correct number for the CASTLE Help Desk is: 919-572-6880.
Posted 04/29/2012 Alert: (NAPNES Websites) Complaints have been received about a web site "napnes.COM". The official NAPNES web site is "napnes.ORG". This other website is not a part of the NAPNES web site domains operated by the National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service, Inc. - NAPNES.
LP/VN LTC Certification
Long-Term Care certification is comprehensive in that it covers the entire life-span, from cradle to grave, for people that are chronically ill. So whether your patients and clients are babies, seniors, or in between, this is an excellent certification to have in your portfolio. This certification replaced the NAPNES Gerontology Certification program. It is more comprehensive because while it certainly covers nursing care in geriatrics, it has a much broader appeal for excellence in nursing care for all age groups with chronic illnesses. The LPN, CLTC, designation confirms to employers that you engage in national skill-building.
For fastest service we recommend that you pay online and then download the application form and mail it along with supporting documentation to NAPNES.
Allied Health Professional
New in 2010, NAPNES approved the Certificate in Long-Term Care for unlicensed assistive personnel - the Allied Health Professional - Certificate in Long-Term Care (AHP CLTC).
AHPs register directly at www.nursingcerts.com.
Three years in the planning, the certificate exam for the basic entry level for care of the chronically ill is now approved by NAPNES. The preparation for this exam provides the foundation to pass the exam, develop the skills, the knowledge, and professionalism.
New in 2011, NAPNES approved the IV Therapy Certification Course for LP/VNS. Information about this new course is also on this page. The NAPNES approved online study course is available at www.nursingcerts.com.
Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be found below.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: NAPNES' Certification Board has made several rule changes that become effective January 1, 2007. Please click here for more information.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How much does certification cost?
If you are applying for the LP/VNcertification the first time, there are two primary costs involved. The first is a $100.00 registration fee paid to NAPNES at the time you apply. You will also be paying a testing fee to Castle Worldwide when you log-in to take the certification exam. The current fee for the Castle testing is $60.00 for the first try and $50.00 for each additional attempt.
Recertification costs $150.00. There are no testing fees unless you recertify by examination. Recertification costs more because we must verify your continuing education and employment.
There can be other fees that are dependent on the candidate and not NAPNES. For example, you can order study materials at an additional cost. There are also fees if you do not take the exam within 60 days of application or if a check you send to NAPNES bounces. If you apply for renewal late, there are late filing penalties as well. NAPNES will not issue membership cards or certification cards if any fees are unpaid or outstanding.
If you are applying for the AHP CLTC exam, the registration fee paid via PayPal at NAPNES is $35. The study course fees are separate from the registration fee. Study course and exam fees are available at www.nursingcerts.com.
How long will my certification be valid?
Certification is for a period of three (3) years from the date it is issued. NAPNES makes reasonable attempts to notify certified nurses that their credential is expiring, however, it is the nurses responsibility to maintain certification.
How long does the process take?
Much of the time required will depend on you. Basically it takes NAPNES four to six weeks to process an application. You can reduce this time by using online payments, faxing or emailing applications, etc. DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. The process requires time as we conduct verifications on every application.
Does certification include membership in NAPNES?
No. Membership in NAPNES has no bearing on certification. NAPNES members do get discounts on membership study materials for example. If you want to be a member of NAPNES, this is a separate process and you must apply for and pay member dues.
Will I get a raise if I'm certified?
While many employers do pay an additional hourly rate to nurses who have a national certification, we cannot promise your employer does. You will need to check with your employer.
What about the test?
When you take the certification exam you will be asked 150 multiple choice questions. The test is time limited. You can take the test from any computer that is connected to the Internet. We strongly recommend that you have a place that will be quite and where you will be uninterrupted during the testing process. A score of 80% is required to pass the exam.