Are you searching for certification in a specific field or industry? ICE sets standards for accreditation of certification programs, but it does not offer certification programs directly. However, there are several resources available through ICE and through other agencies to assist you with finding a program that meets your needs:
- You may search the Directory of NCCA Accredited Programs, which will allow you to search for programs using specific keywords, names of certifying organizations or associations, acronyms, or by industry.
- For access to a comprehensive database through Department of Labor, you may also find programs, including ones accredited by NCCA, through a comprehensive database called Certification Finder.
- The Army and Navy both offer Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL). These programs give you the opportunity to find civilian credentials related to your rating, or military occupational specialty. You can learn what it takes to get the credentials and learn about programs that will help pay credentialing fees. Check out the Army COOL website at : https://www.cool.army.mil/ or Navy COOL website at: https://www.cool.navy.mil/ to learn more.
New Jersey Board of Nursing
If you are a registered nurse in the state of New Jersey and you need to renew your license, you must complete 30 hours of approved continuing education courses. Although the New Jersey Board of Nursing has referred nurses to the ICE website for a list of approved courses, ICE itself does not review or approve any type of educational courses for continuing education. It is our understanding that if you complete a course that has been approved by one of the nursing organizations that has a certification program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, ICE’s accrediting body, credits received should count towards your required 30 hours. The following nursing organizations have NCCA accredited certification programs:
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Certification Corporation
American Board for Occupational Health Nurses
American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Certification
Competency & Credentialing Institute (formerly Certification Board Perioperative Nursing)
Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists
National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses
National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties
National Commission for Health Education Credentialing
Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation
Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, Inc.
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board
Please visit the above organizations’ websites to find a list of their approved CE providers. Completing courses from these approved providers should count towards your required 30 hours. However, please understand that ICE/NCCA does not have the final authority to determine what will or will not count towards renewing your license, and, therefore does not guarantee that courses you complete will be approved by the NJ Board of Nursing for your license renewal.