Wondering if you should renew your NHA certification? Already know why it's important, but a little lost on how? We got your back! You can keep your certification current in these quick steps.
Because the healthcare field is constantly evolving, your NHA certification expires every two years. But don't worry about needing to take the test again! Instead, you will need to complete some steps to indicate you're staying up to date with the changes in the industry and renew your certification.
Some reasons to renew include:
- You want to continue or pursue a career in allied health
- Your employer requires it
- You worked hard to earn your credentials and don't want to lose them
- You want to improve your chances of getting a promotion
- Continued access to exclusive NHA benefits and offers
The good news: Renewing your NHA certification can be beneficial to your personal and professional development. The better news: It's a simple process.
“I have applied everything I learned through my certification to my job and more. I am able to meet the needs of all my patients to the best of my ability and through this I have gained knowledge and experience that has helped me to be ahead.” - Brittany W., CPCT/A
Just follow these steps to renew your NHA certification online anytime, anywhere—all by logging into your account.
1. Log in at nhanow.com
To begin, log into your account, at nhanow.com, using the email address you used to originally create your NHA account. If you have an NHA certification then you definitely already have an account, so there's no need to create a new one.
Forget your password? No sweat—you can quickly reset your password here.
Once you're in your account online your ready for the next step. The one exception is if you have the Pharmacy Technician Certificaiton–then your steps are a little different. Pharmacy technicians should go here to learn more.
2. Check your status
Once you've logged in, click the "Renew Certifications" link on the left navigation.
You'll be taken to a screen where you'll see all your certifications and the amount of Continuing Education (CE) credits you have left before you can renew.
3. Choose CE courses
From here you'll click on a the button "Complete More CE" to see a list of available CE topics that can help you stay current and further your education.
Note: Your state may have specific CE requirements that affect which courses they accept. Double check the rules or regulations of the licensing or regulatory agency of your state before completing your CE.
Choose the topics that are most interesting to you. We're always adding new content that is actually relevant to your everyday.
4. Complete the courses
Once you've selected a course that interests you, review its materials and take the online exam that follows.
Don't worry, these exams aren't nearly as long or as comprehensive as your initial certification exam! You can see that you've passed the course by checking your progress bar.
You're well on your way. Woo! Now it's just about clicking the right buttons.
5. Track your progress
You can track your progress and see how many credits you've completed by clicking the "My CE History" link. Each course is worth 1-2 credits — they add up fast!
How many credits do I need?
You'll need just 10 credits to renew if your certification hasn't expired If your certification has expired less than a year ago, you can renew but you'll need to complete 15 total CE credits and additional fees will apply.
Have credits from other sources? You can also add credits you've earned outside of NHA's library of CE. Just click "Add External CE Items" from the My CE Portfolio page. You'll be prompted to upload documentation of the credits you've completed.
If you have trouble with the upload just email your documents along with your full name, email associated with your account, and a phone number where you can be reached, to firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: At NHA, 1 credit is equal to 2 hours. So, if you completed a 6 hour class that would equal 3 of your 10 CE credits. You don't need to worry about that if you are using the NHA CE library.
If you hold multiple NHA certifications—and they haven't expired—you'll only need 10 credits total (or 15 if you are reinstating an expiring certification), not 10 per certification. Great, right? (Learn why allied health workers are earning multiple credentials here.)
6. Pay your recertification fee
Click on "Renew and Pay" to go through a simple checkout process, pay your recertification fee, and make things official.
How much does it cost to recertify?
As little as $169 one time every two years–no extra membership fees or annual costs.
That's about $7 a month to keep your credential current. To put it another way, that's less than most people will spend on Netflix in two years. Plus, you only pay the recertification in full for your first certification. Additional credentials are renewed at a deep discount.
And if you're reinstating an expired certification, there's an additional $99 fee. (Another reason not to let your certification expire!)
This step is not to be skipped. Do a happy dance, brag to your friends and colleagues and share on social media using #nhacertified — you did it!
Along with your new certificate and wallet card (that will be mailed to you), you'll also continue to enjoy these great benefits from NHA:
- Unlimited access to continuing education content with no additional fees
- Active/Current certification holders are searchable by their credential/can be verified by employers
- Ability to add your certification to your LinkedIn page
- Ability to receive occasional discounts on NHA renewal fees
- Exclusive emailed offers with free professional development tools and resources
- Support team available by phone, email, chat, and social media
- Opportunities to participate in national healthcare industry studies and task forces
And of course, you've earned all the benefits that come from investing in yourself and your career ... which are truly the greatest of all.