ANPD Preceptor Certificate of Mastery


The role of the preceptor is a major component of 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, which leads 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

How to Apply

The Preceptor Certificate of Mastery will be 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 will be 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.

Step 1: Review the Preceptor Certificate of Mastery Handbook.

Step 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. 


Step 3: Upon acceptance of pre-approval documents, you will receive an invoice that must be paid before receiving the materials to submit your portfolio. 

Step 4: You will have 6 months after the pre-approval documents have been accepted to submit your portfolio. A link will be sent out to submit portfolio after payment is complete. 

ANPD Members and Non-Members: $99

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.