Preceptor Certificate of Mastery

Professional Development


The role of the preceptor is a significant component of a successful transition to practice programs. Preceptors who demonstrate confidence and expertise in clinical and teaching competencies should be acknowledged for their specific preceptor practice and role. The Preceptor Certificate of Mastery from the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) recognizes excellence in the preceptor role, which builds confidence in preceptors, thus, creating more competent and satisfied preceptees, leading to enhanced patient care and better healthcare outcomes. #preceptorproud

The Preceptor Certificate of Mastery recognizes:

  • strong communication skills
  • the value of the preceptor to the organization and NPD department
  • high-level expertise in clinical care
  • enthusiasm for teaching new nurses
  • facilitation of a constructive learning experience
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How to Apply

The Preceptor Certificate of Mastery is awarded to qualified individuals who demonstrate expertise and excellence in precepting by receiving a passing score on all rubrics aligned with the seven identified roles of the preceptor. Portfolios are reviewed by a panel of appraisers made up of nursing professional development (NPD) specialists. Candidates will be notified of their status within 6-8 weeks of portfolio submission.

  1. Review the Preceptor Certificate of Mastery Handbook.
  2. Before receiving access to the Preceptor Certificate of Mastery (COM) portfolio materials, the pre-approval documents listed below must be submitted and approved. Please complete the pre-approval form to submit your documents.
  3. Upon acceptance of the pre-approval documents, you will receive an invoice that must be paid before receiving the materials to submit your portfolio. ANPD Members and Non-Members: $99
  4. Six months after the pre-approval documents have been accepted, you will have to submit your portfolio. After your payment is complete, you will receive a link to submit your portfolio.

Pre-Approval Submission Form


Pre-Approval Documents

  • Photocopies of RN and/or APRN license(s) or a photocopy of the on-line verification of current licensure from the state board of nursing. If non-RN, submit proof that applicant is supervised by an RN as a member of the patient care nursing team.

  • A transcript showing degree conferred (an unofficial transcript is acceptable).

  • Verification of certification, if held. A physical or e-copy is acceptable. ANPD reserves the right to request an official letter of verification from the certifying body. The applicant is responsible for any charges related to procuring the letter.

  • Education Record

  • Letter of Recommendation/Support

  • Precepting Experience Log

  • Verification of Precepting Hours

  • Verification of Preceptor Training

  • Verification of Coursework Requirements

ANPD Position

Precepting is not recognized as a nursing specialty. However, precepting shares commonalities with nursing professional development that should be examined through rigorous research. Serving as a preceptor is often an entry into the specialty practice of nursing professional development—an ANA recognized specialty in which certification is available. ANPD recognizes the value of preceptors and supports their practice through research and recognition. Read the full ANPD position statement.