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NBRC
The Continuing Competency Program​​​​​
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The NBRC's Continuing Competency Program has been designed to enhance and/or contribute to the continuing competence of credentialed respiratory therapists and pulmonary function technologists and demonstrate concern for patient safety. Credentials awarded by the NBRC on or after July 1, 2002 are valid for a period of five years and are subject to the Continuing Competency Program requirements. Individuals participating in the Continuing Competency Program are required to provide evidence they are continuing to meet current standards of practice and have successfully renewed their national credentials issued by the NBRC. Through implementation of the Continuing Competency Program, the NBRC further demonstrates its compliance with the accreditation standards of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

For more information regarding the Continuing Competency Program, please reference the Continuing Competency Program brochure. To access your account and enter your CEUs, click the Credentialed Practitioners tab on the left hand side of this page, or click here.​

    • ​Why does my credential have an expiration date?

    ​The NBRC's Continuing Competency Program has been designed to enhance and/or contribute to the continuing competence of credentialed respiratory therapists and pulmonary function technologists and demonstrate concern for patient safety. Individuals participating in the Continuing Competency Program are required to provide evidence they are continuing to meet current standards of practice and have successfully renewed their national credentials issued by the NBRC. Individuals may confirm they meet active status requirements and renew their active status through our website, www.nbrc.org. Through implementation of the Continuing Competency Program, the NBRC further demonstrates its compliance with the accreditation standards of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).​

    • ​What CE courses will the NBRC accept toward compliance with the Continuing Competency Program (CCP)?

    ​The NBRC will accept any course that is accepted by your state licensing board for purposes of respiratory care licensure. If your state licensing board has no requirements, the NBRC will accept any course approved by the AARC.​

    • How do I submit the CEU information to the NBRC?

    ​Continuing education (CE) information must be submitted online. Please do not submit paper documents. Once you have logged in to www.nbrc.org from the 'Credentialed Practitioners' page and then the 'Credentialed Practitioners' link, select the 'Continuing Competency Program (CCP)' link. You will be asked to confirm that your credentialing information is correct, then enter information for each CE course completed. While you will be able to enter your CE course records at any time, you can only 'Recertify Now' during the last six months before your expiration date.​

    • What happens if my credential expires?​
    ​If you are within 6 months of credential expiration, you have the option of entering your CEUs online and paying a $250 reinstatement fee. Please note: this is a completely online process and CEUs must have been earned during the 5-year credential term. If the grace period option is not utilized, you have two years following expiration to apply for testing and to reinstate your credential. You will be required to pay the new application fee and a $150 expired credential fee. If you successfully complete the examination, your credential will be reinstated without having to meet the then-current admission requirements. However, if two years lapse and you have not successfully passed the examination, you are required to apply as a new applicant and meet all admission policies in effect at that time. Please note: if you have more than one expired credential, you must apply for and pass all examinations to reinstate all expired credentials.​​
    • What kind of CEUs do I need for my credential?​​
    The only credentials that must meet the Continuing Competency Program (CCP) requirements are those earned as of July 1, 2002. Depending upon how many credentials you hold, there are several combinations of subjects you may need to submit. The grid shown below should provide specific information for all credential combinations.
    Credential(s) Held that have an expiration date Composition of CEUs Required
    CRT only 30 hours general respiratory care subjects
    RRT (including CRT) 30 hours general respiratory care subjects
    CPFT only 30 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
    RPFT (including CPFT) 30 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
    CRT-NPS or RRT-NPS 15 hours general respiratory care subjects and 15 hours neonatal/pediatric subjects
    CRT-SDS or RRT-SDS 15 hours general respiratory care subjects and 15 hours sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention subjects
    ​RRT-ACCS ​15 hours general respiratory care subjects and 15 hours adult critical care subjects
    CRT or RRT and CPFT or RPFT 15 hours general respiratory care subjects and 15 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
    CRT-NPS or RRT-NPS and CPFT or RPFT 10 hours general respiratory care subjects, 10 hours neonatal/pediatric subjects, and 10 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
    CRT-SDS or RRT-SDS and CPFT or RPFT 10 hours general respiratory care subjects, 10 hours sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention subjects, and 10 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
    ​RRT-ACCS and CPFT or RPFT ​10 hours general respiratory care subjects, 10 hours adult critical care subjects, and 10 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
    CRT-NPS or RRT-NPS and CRT-SDS or RRT-SDS 10 hours general respiratory care subjects, 10 hours neonatal/pediatric subjects, and 10 hours sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention subjects
    ​RRT-NPS and RRT-ACCS ​10 hours general respiratory care subjects, 10 hours neonatal/pediatric subjects, and 10 hours adult critical care subjects
    RRT-SDS and RRT-ACCS

    ​10 hours general respiratory care subjects, 10 hours sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention subjects, and 10 hours adult critical care subjects

    ​RRT-NPS and RRT-ACCS and CPFT or RPFT ​​15 hours general respiratory care subjects, 5 hours neonatal/pediatric subjects, 5 hours adult critical care, and 5 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
    ​RRT-SDS and RRT-ACCS and CPFT or RPFT ​15 hours general respiratory care subjects, 5 hours of sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention subjects, 5 hours adult critical care, and 5 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
    CRT-NPS or RRT-NPS and CRT-SDS or RRT-SDS and CPFT or RPFT 15 hours general respiratory care subjects, 5 hours neonatal/pediatric subjects, 5 hours of sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention subjects, and 5 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
    ​RRT-NPS and RRT-SDS and RRT-ACCS

    15 hours of general respiratory care subjects, 5 hours of neonatal/pediatric subjects, 5 hours sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention subjects, and 5 hours adult critical care subjects

    ​RRT-NPS and RRT-SDS and RRT-ACCS and CPFT or RPFT 10 hours general respiratory care subjects, 5 hours neonatal/pediatric subjects, 5 hours of sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention subjects, 5 hours adult critical care subjects, and 5 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
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