Certification Preparation

Professional Development

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The ANCC nursing professional development board certification exam is a competency-based exam that assesses entry-level clinical knowledge and skills of registered nurses in the nursing professional development specialty. ANPD has resources to help you earn your Board Certification (NPD-BC) credential.

Certification Preparation Courses

ANPD offers three ways to complete a certification preparation course as you study for your NPD-BC exam.

  1. Live and in-person
  2. Live and online
  3. Self-paced and online

Each course is designed and taught by experts in the nursing professional development specialty.  Whether you choose to attend one of our live offerings or prefer the self-paced online option, ANPD’s Certification Preparation Courses are designed to increase your nursing professional development knowledge and increase your exam readiness.  

Live Certification Preparation Courses

These hands-on, multi-day courses are intended to increase your understanding of nursing professional development and help you prepare for the NPD certification exam offered by ANCC. The curriculum covers the major domains of practice found in the board certification exam:

  • Educational Process Standards
  • Leadership
  • Ethical, Legal and Regulatory Standards
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Research
  • Technology
  • Program/Project Management and Process Improvement

You’ll also have an opportunity to take a practice exam, with a test provided before and after the course to test your knowledge.

There are two options for live certification prep. Click each to learn more.

Virtual Certification Prep Course

From the comfort of your home or office!

These live classes are delivered virtually and are facilitated by NPD experts. Be immersed in interactive education and engaging discussions with colleagues. This is the only certification preparation course that offers the opportunity to connect live with expert instructors in the convenience of a virtual format.

The course is offered in two schedules: one afternoon class per week for four consecutive weeks or daily afternoon classes for four consecutive days. Choose which one best fits your schedule and needs from our current offerings.

Please note that registration closes one week prior to the course start date. 


In-Person Joint-Provided Course

We come to you!

This two full-day course provides the same content and expertise as the virtual option with an opportunity to meet face-to-face with colleagues. These courses are joint-provided with a local institution or ANPD affiliate to bring the expert-led course right to you. If you don’t see a course near you listed, connect with your institution or ANPD affiliate to bring one to your facility.

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Online Certification Preparation Course

Go at your own pace!

For those preferring to prepare for the exam independently and on their own schedule, ANPD’s online certification preparation is the solution. This 29-module, learner-paced course is designed to prepare NPD practitioners for the NPD certification examination administered by the ANCC.

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More Tools

NPD Certification Prep Study Guide

This textbook has engaging activities to prepare you for exam success.

Members: $159
Non-Members: $209

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NPD Certification Preparation Practice Exams

Get an idea of the types of questions that you may see on the ANCC NPD certification exam.

Members: $60/exam | $135 for all 3
Non-Members: $85/exam | $185 for all 3

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NPD Certification Preparation Flashcards

These virtual flashcards make studying easy while you're on the go! 

Members: $99
Non-Members: $149

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NPD Sound Bites for Cert Prep

Prepare for the exam while you walk the dog or do the dishes. The NPD Sound Bites for Cert Prep podcast features NPD experts discussing best practices and application of the material learned throughout the Nursing Professional Development Certification Online Preparation Course.

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