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Certification through Portfolio Application FAQs

Please note: These FAQs are intended only to provide helpful information related to frequently asked questions related to the board certification through portfolio process. Reading and following the information provided in these FAQs does not imply eligibility for board certification or successful performance on any certification through portfolio.

 

Do I just cut and paste my CV?

How do I fill out the online application’s accomplishments area?

How do I fill out the clinical exemplar narrative? What is a clinical exemplar narrative?

What is a PCO?

How long does it take to receive my results?

Why do I have to resend another set of transcripts? You should have one already on file from my previous certification with ANCC.

If I am eligible for the certification, doesn’t that mean that I meet board certification requirements and therefore should be granted certification?

What resources are available to assist me with the certification through portfolio process?

Do I have to resubmit another portfolio when it is time to renew my certification?

 

Do I just cut and paste my CV?
The online portfolio application has a section titled CV. Make sure you read the instructions on that section of the application. There are going to be numerous areas to fill in that integrate parts of your personal CV, such as presentations, employment, education, and more.

Important note: The online portfolio application has a section titled CV. Make sure you read the instructions on that section of the application.

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How do I fill out the online application’s accomplishments area?
The accomplishment area must include a description of any activities or accomplishments relevant to the certification specialty that are not included in other sections of the CV or the Professional Development Record described in Step 3. Do not cut and Paste your CV in this area. Only activities that have been accomplished should be included. In-progress activities or in-press publications will not be accepted. Jot down all of your accomplishments in your most recent position. Complete this process for each position listed on your online CV. It is important for you to spend the time reflecting on your practice. You may consider asking colleagues what they see as your accomplishments. Refer to the Certification through Portfolio Application Requirements for additional information. Copy and paste function is allowed to transfer your info from a Word document into this text box.

Note: Please do not include any personal information on this section to secure applicant's confidentiality.

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How do I fill out the clinical exemplar narrative? What is a clinical exemplar narrative?
Applicants should provide specific examples of their practice to show evidence and critical thinking skills of meeting the criteria elements listed under each domain of the Portfolio Content Outline (PCO) - Please provide a fully developed exemplar narrative, to completely reflect professional practice and career accomplishments that are relevant to the clinical specialty for board certification. Relate a case summary or clinical vignette of a patient or a patient population in the specialty. Present evidence of the criteria as noted in the domains described in the PCO. The applicant's narrative should be no more than 8000 characters (approximately 1250 words). Please pay close attention to the weights in each domain and be sure to address all criteria outlined in the PCO. It is important to write to the criteria in your specialty PCO and provide evidence that exemplifies your specialty practice. The purpose of the clinical exemplar narrative is not for you to write about your hopes, dreams, and ideals for your practice or for you to provide reasons to be granted a national certification credential. Copy and paste function is allowed to transfer your info from a Word document into this text box.

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What is a PCO?
The PCO, or Portfolio Content Outline, provides the road map for you to use to complete your online portfolio application. This document provides the detailed information that will be evaluated.

Hint: The PCO is a critical document to have by your side throughout the application process.

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How long does it take to receive my results?
From the time your portfolio application has been deemed eligible, there’s an average time of 3-4 weeks for score results to be released.

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Why do I have to resend another set of transcripts? You should have one already on file from my previous certification with ANCC.
ANCC is required to keep a separate file of documents for each certification.

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If I am eligible for the certification, doesn’t that mean that I meet board certification requirements and therefore should be granted certification?
Board certification is conferred after you meet all eligibility requirements and achieve a passing score based on the appraisers’ evaluation of evidence presented in your portfolio application.

The minimum passing score is 350.

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What resources are available to assist me with the certification through portfolio process?
Please refer to the ANCC website—from your specialty page, obtain the Portfolio Content Outline, Application Requirements for Certification through Portfolio handbook, and Certification through Portfolio general handbook.

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Do I have to resubmit another portfolio when it is time to renew my certification?
No. Once you receive your ANCC board certification, you must renew using the certification renewal criteria in place at the time you submit your certification renewal application.

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Questions?
Email ANCCPortfolio@ana.org.