Benefits of CPN Certification

Why get CPN certified?

Become a Certified Pediatric Nurse, like these nurses from Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters!

Benefits of CPN Certification

Certification helps you stand out on the floor, when seeking a promotion, and if job hunting.

Being certified sends a message that you have specialty knowledge beyond RN licensure. Board certification may benefit nurses with increased compensation, enhanced career mobility, and recognition of validated expertise by employers, colleagues, and patients and their families. Download CPN resources. See and share the PowerPoint. 

New research initiatives are working to show evidence of how certification is linked to better patient care.

PNCB's Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) credential is the gold standard for the pediatric specialty. Our high quality exams and outstanding customer service set us apart. CPNs like you serve on our board of directors and committees.

We focus solely on pediatrics and support the profession beyond certification services through:

Nurses should select the exam that will best attest to their knowledge and skills as expert pediatric nurses, and we truly believe that our certification is overwhelmingly sought because of the value and validation it offers to pediatric nurses. If you have questions about any PNCB program, please contact us at so we can help!


By the Numbers

  • 83% of health care leaders stated that they prefer to hire a Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) over a pediatric nurse without the CPN credential in a PNCB 2020 survey.
  • 97% of nurses say certification provides personal satisfaction.
  • 90% of nurse managers prefer hiring certified nurses over non-certified nurses if all other factors are equal.
  • 88% of nurses agree that certification enhances confidence in clinical abilities.
  • In a 2017 Medscape compensation study, certified RNs typically earn $7,000 or 9% more than those without certification.
  • 31,000+ nurses hold the CPN credential.


Specific Benefits for CPNs

Excelsior College Credit

CPN certification is worth 3 baccalaureate nursing degree credits at Excelsior College, a leader in distance education. To receive Excelsior degree credit, please save and complete our CPN Verification Form.

Board of Nursing Renewal

CPN certification is increasingly being accepted for all or partial CE/CC requirements when renewing your RN license. Contact your board of nursing for details.

Discounts & More

Visit your CPN Corner for a full list of discounts, award programs, and free materials.

Faces of Certification

PNCB-certified nursing professionals work in a variety of roles and settings throughout the US and beyond. Share your photo today!

Tyneisha Orr, CPNP-PC Swope Health Central Pediatrics Kansas City, MO
Amairani Jimenez, CPN Tripler Army Medical Center Honolulu, Hawaii
Gia Nguyen, CPNP-AC St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Arlington, VA
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