ACTivate Your Commitment to Adolescent Care

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Empower Adolescents Through Your Expert Knowledge

Now more than ever, adolescence is a critical time in a child’s development. ACTivate, the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board’s (PNCB) new competency building certificate program, is an engaging, expert-designed program that provides deep, meaningful learning to help you increase your confidence and competence as a resource for adolescents. ACTivate consists of two separate programs – Core Concepts in Adolescence and Essential Knowledge in Adolescent Health & Well-Being – that deepen your knowledge of areas that affect adolescents on a daily basis, such as growth and development, social and global factors, behavioral and mental health, sexual health and more. 

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Two Pathways to Elevate your Adolescent Care Skills

ACTivate consists of online, self-paced courses that strengthen the adolescent-specific knowledge and communication skills you may already possess. Specialized support from adults in their world helps adolescents thrive and become healthier, more resilient adults in the future.


Start your journey in ACTivating your commitment to adolescent well-being by growing your foundational knowledge of CORE CONCEPTS IN ADOLESCENCE. Through in-depth courses, engaging video, virtual reality, and actual insights from teens and global experts, you will learn how adolescents grow and develop as well as the social and global challenges they face. A special focus on effective communication with this age group will boost your comfort level and expertise supporting this unique age group.


  • Foundational Concepts in Typical Adolescent Growth & Development
  • Social Factors that Impact Health & Well-Being
  • Effective Communication with Adolescents
  • Global Voices: Experts Discuss Issues in Adolescent Health


Building off of core concepts in adolescent care, ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE IN ADOLESCENT HEALTH & WELL-BEING delivers next-level content to expand your expertise to help youth lead healthier lives. This program is open to all members of the health care team and anyone engaged in supporting this age group.

This program is open to all.


  • Seven Building Blocks for Adolescent Wellness
  • Behavioral & Mental Health
  • Sexual Health
  • Safety, Risk & Injury Prevention


Your Journey to Adolescent Care Excellence

Both of these pathways offer meaningful ways to differentiate yourself professionally. Here is what to expect after you apply for one of our ACTivate certificate programs:


Within 90 days of enrollment, complete the four courses and open-book assessments


Upon completion you’ll receive

  • A certificate of completion
  • Contact hours of continuing nursing education

Within 90 days of earning your certificate, sign up for your microcredential exam. Within seven days of signing up, complete your closed-book online exam in one sitting. Upon passing, you’ll receive a microcredential pass email that includes:

  • Access to digital badge
  • Tips on how to market your achievement
  • How to renew your microcredential (after 2 years)

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Wherever and However You Support Adolescents - We Can Help 

ACTivate offers a unique microcredential or certificate opportunity to develop or expand your expertise to help youth lead healthier lives! Whether you are a health care team member or interact with adolescents in communities or schools, ACTivate can take your level of comfort and expertise to the next level wherever and however you support adolescents. Some of these settings could include:   


Family Practice

Behavioral & Mental Health

Women’s Health

Emergency Care

Schools, Clubs & Sports

Social Work & Community Services

Public Safety

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Frequently Asked Questions

PNCB’s ACTivate keeps the focus on the adolescent age range and transforms high-quality content through state-of-the-art technology.  You will experience in-depth educational courses at your own pace to accommodate your busy schedule.  After earning the certificates of completion, you can choose to advance further to test for the corresponding, renewable microcredentials and digital badges.  ACTivate represents a fresh way to show employers, colleagues, and others that you are committed to helping adolescents thrive and that you have gained knowledge to support that commitment. Explore all benefits.

Certificate programs offer bite-sized learning at your own pace. You’ll grow your knowledge about a specific topic by accessing education, then pass assessments to confirm what you learned. 

A microcredential is earned by passing an assessment, in which you demonstrate knowledge in a specific skill or specific area of practice.  The focus is targeted and narrow in scope.

With board certification, candidates meet eligibility criteria and bring knowledge to an examination. Upon passing the test for a rigorous body of knowledge, a credential is earned and corresponding letters can be added behind your name.  

Microcredentials and certificate programs are a fast-growing method to demonstrate knowledge and mastery of a specific topic and field.  Our programs are immersive, effective confidence-builders that ultimately make a difference for adolescents.  Enrolling in ACTivate shows your employer that you are committed to delivering the best support to adolescents you encounter in your role.  As part of your plan to enhance your knowledge and skills, download and personalize this justification letter to seek your employer’s financial backing.


No, there are no eligibility requirements to enroll in ACTivate. Whether you are a health care team member or interact with adolescents in communities or schools, if your work supports the care and well-being of adolescents, ACTivate may be the right learning opportunity for you. 

ACTivate offers education that will help everyone who interacts with adolescents to develop or expand their expertise to help youth lead healthier lives! No matter how you interact with adolescents, ACTivate can take your level of comfort and expertise to the next level wherever and however you support adolescents.

Absolutely! Not only will you receive the same educational experience that your future peers do, the certificates, microcredentials, and digital badges will help your resume and employment applications shine. 

Yes! The first certificate program, Core Concepts in Adolescence, is education that will help everyone who interacts with adolescents. Sports coaches, teachers, school counselors, club leaders, juvenile justice team members, and many others will benefit from this education.

Yes! We welcome all international advocates for adolescent health and well-being to participate! The course is offered in English.


Costs are per program within ACTivate, each purchased separately. Core Concepts in Adolescence is the first program. Essential Knowledge in Adolescent Health & Well-Being is the second program. 

  • $250 for the bundled course purchase per program
  • $50 for a 7-day course extension
  • $100 for each microcredential assessment
  • $100 for a retest of the microcredential assessment

We offer bulk discounts for group enrollment. For information about available group rates, packages, and discounts, please contact:

There is no additional fee for the digital badge.  It is included in the cost of the microcredential assessment.


The ACTivate Certificate programs do not award credentials. A certificate and microcredential including a digital badge may be earned.

The timed microcredential assessment is 90 minutes.

Once you apply, you will have 90 days to complete the certificate program.

One 7-day extension can be purchased during the 90-day period and will be added to the end of the period.  Extensions cannot be purchased after the 90-day period has ended.

After you successfully finish a program, you receive nursing contact hours and a certificate of completion. The contact hours are accredited by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). If your field is outside of nursing, please check with your certification or licensing body to see if these credits are accepted for your field. 

After you successfully finish a certificate program, you may use the continuing education credits for your PNCB recertification by self-reporting these CEs in your ReCErt Tracker. 

What is an ACTIvate Program? A program contains courses or learning components that are grouped together to form a certificate program.

What is a course? A course is a component of a certificate program.

What is a self-check question? Questions included throughout the course to encourage learning and are not graded.

Do the courses include quizzes? Yes, quizzes are knowledge checks at the end of each course. A 70% or higher passing score must be obtained for each course in order to move on to the next course.

What is an eHandbook? References and helpful links, tailored to the course content. It includes content of the slides.

What is an eWorkbook? Offers questions for self-reflection, it is not included in all courses and completion of the resource is not a requirement for certificate program completion.

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  • Brenda Cassidy, RN, DNP, CPNP-PC
  • Anne Derouin, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS, CNE, FAANP
  • Amanda Dietz, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHS
  • Jean Fletcher, MSN, CPNP-PC, PMHS
  • Mary Gallagher, DNP, MPH, CPNP-PC
  • Charity Gates, MSN, APRN, CPN, CPNP-PC
  • Jennifer R. Goodwin, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC
  • Alexis Myers, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, PMHS
  • Kayla Percy, MSN, MPH, CPNP-PC
  • Angela Bono Reed, RN, MS, CPNP-PC, AE-C
  • Bianca Salvetti, DNP, CNS, CPNP-PC  
  • Lynne Sekarski MSN, RN, CPN  
  • Kathleen P.  Wilson PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, FAANP, FNAP,  DipACLM 

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