PMHS Recertification

Understand requirements, deadlines, and tools to stay on track

When do I recertify? How do I recertify? What is the cost?


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PMHS Recertification

Recertification for 2021 starts November 1, 2020 and ends January 31, 2021. You pick the day to recertify during these dates. You can recertify with a late fee between February 1 - 28, 2020.

Recertification for 2020 ended February 28, 2020. Contact for questions about your Recert. 

Download your PDF guide to learn more about Recert, required activities, and how the process works.

PMHS Recert is due every 3 years. You recertify as a PMHS between November 1 and January 31 prior to your wallet card expiration date. You can recertify with a late fee February 1 to 28. Any preloaded CE and related activity displays in your ReCErt Tracker.

Planning to retire? Learn about retiring your credential.

Did your certification lapse? Learn about reinstatement.

Basic Requirements

For full details on your renewal requirements below, see your PMHS Recert Guide.

  1. Maintain any advanced practice certification (NP or CNS) that was required per PMHS exam eligibility criteria.
  2. Maintain current, active, unencumbered US or Canadian advanced practice nursing licensure.
  3. Complete an equivalent of 45 contact hours of pediatric behavioral/mental health (BMH), of which 15 contact hours must be pediatric psychopharmacology.


2020 Recert

Recertification for 2020 begins November 1, 2019 and ends January 31, 2020. A late fee is added between February 1 and February 28, 2020. 


Need Psychopharmacology?

Explore applicable PNCB Pediatric Updates. Our online modules offer 7.5 accredited contact hours each. Other CE sources for consideration are listed here, some with pediatric psychopharmacology. 



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Faces of Certification

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Tonya Brooks, CPNP-PC Sniffles & Giggles Waxahachie, TX
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