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National Healthcare Disaster Certification

Credential Awarded: NHDP-BC

The ANCC National Healthcare Disaster Professional board certification examination is a competency based interprofessional entry level examination that provides a valid and reliable assessment of the knowledge, skills and competencies of healthcare professionals relevant to all phases of the disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery cycles. The goal is to promote successful outcomes for the public, disaster responders, and healthcare professionals involved in a disaster.

Once you complete eligibility requirements to take the certification examination and successfully pass the exam, you are awarded a credential. This certification credential is valid for five years. You can continue to use this credential by maintaining your official authority to practice as described in the eligibility criteria and in meeting the renewal requirements in place at the time of your certification renewal.

  • APPLY
    • Eligibility & Instructions
    • Fees & Discounts
  • Maintain
    • Account Setup
    • Track Professional Development
  • Renew
    • Coming soon

Apply for Certification

Initial Certification Application

You may apply for this computer-based test year round and test during a 90-day window at a time and location convenient to you. The exam allows 3.5 hours to answer 175 questions (150 scored plus 25 pretest questions that are not scored). For exam prep resources, see the STUDY AIDS & CE left sidebar of this page. If you do not pass a certification exam, learn about retesting.

Step 1: Confirm Eligibility and Pricing

Apply from Outside the U.S.

Learn about additional requirements for candidates outside the U.S.

I. Have minimum of 3 years of disaster experience in the last 10 years in one or more of the professions listed below:

  • Registered Nurse, with a current, active RN license within a state or territory of the United States

  • Physician, with a current, active medicine (MD) or osteopathic medicine (OD) license in a state or territory of the United States

  • APRN, with a current, active RN and/or APRN license to practice as an APRN within a state or territory of the United States

  • Physician Assistant, with a current, active PA license within a state or territory of the United States

  • Pharmacist, with a current, active pharmacist license within a state or territory of the United States

  • Paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician, with a current, active state or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician certification

  • Respiratory Therapist, with a current, active national registration

  • Behavioral Health Professional, with a current, active license to practice in one of the following graduate-level behavioral health professions:
    • Counseling
    • Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Psychiatry
    • Psychology
    • Social Work


  • Emergency Management Professional, with organizational documentation of employment as an Emergency Management Professional in a healthcare setting

  • Public Health Professional, with organizational documentation of employment as a Public Health Professional

(Note: Attestation of meeting eligibility requirements is required at the time of application.  Submission of evidence is required, only if audited.)

Audit: If your record is audited, you will be required to submit a copy of the current license, certification, registration or organizational documentation on official letterhead, and a letter from an employer/volunteer organization validating required disaster experience.

II. Have documentation of one of the following, within the last 24 months:

  • Participation in a disaster that required activation of an emergency operations plan

    OR

  • Completed one of the following disaster exercises:
    1. Full-scale
    2. Functional
    3. Table-top

(Note: Attestation of meeting eligibility requirements is required at the time of application.  Submission of evidence is required, only if audited.)

Audit: If your record is audited, and you participated in a disaster that required activation of an emergency operations plan or you completed a disaster exercise (full-scale, functional or table-top), you will be required to submit a completed Disaster Exercise/Activation Documentation Form, showing the organization or audience involved in or observing this exercise, the date(s) the disaster or exercise occurred, and a signature from the provider/observing/supervising organization. Please maintain copies of this information for the entire five-year certification cycle.

III. Hold a Certificate of Completion in all of the following FEMA Emergency Management Courses:

  • IS-100.b: Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS 100;
  • IS-200.b: ICS for Single Resource and Initial Action Incidents;
  • IS-700.a: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction; and
  • IS-800.b: National Response Framework, An Introduction

(Note: Attestation of meeting eligibility requirements is required at the time of application.  Submission of evidence is required, only if audited.)

Audit: If your record is audited, you will be required to submit copies of the FEMA Certificates of Completion showing the date(s) of completion, title of the course and number of CEUs received. Please maintain copies of these certificates for the entire five-year certification cycle.

Pricing & Discounts

Initial Certification
Special Introductory Price $290
American Nurses Association members $270
  • Prices above include $140 non-refundable administrative fee. Additional fees for special services may apply. See application for details.
  • Discounts may be claimed for up to 5 business days after ANCC receives your application. Discount claims received after this time will not be honored and refunds will not be issued.

Step 2: Apply

Questions?

Maintain Certification

To maintain certification, complete professional development requirements between the start and end dates of your certification, and provide this information on your renewal application.

Calendar Your Renewal Date

Certifications are renewed every 5 years. You may submit a renewal application up to 1 year prior to your expiration. You may be ineligible to practice beyond your expiration date.

Create an ANCC Account

Track professional development, mail preferences and purchases in one place. Online applications are also stored in your account. Visit Access My Account

Update Contact Information

If you move, change names or acquire a new phone or email, please update contact details in your account. Or email Customer Care or call 1.800.284.2378.

Display Your Credentials

Learn common questions and answers about displaying your credentials in the proper order.
Download How to Display Your Credentials .

Track Professional Development with ANCC

Online renewal is simpler when you store professional development activities in your ANCC account immediately upon completion. At renewal, you can transfer stored information to the renewal application, saving time. Note: To renew online, you must store professional development activities before starting the online renewal application.

  1. After each activity, gather proof of professional development.
  2. Click Track Professional Development to the right.
  3. Enter and save professional development activities.
  4. From account summary, top right column, under Professional Development find links to enter continuing education (contact hours), academic credits, presentations, publications/research, preceptorship and professional service.
  5. Log out.

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