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ANCC Content Expert Opportunities

Play a leadership role in one of the largest and most prestigious national credentialing bodies worldwide! ANCC invites you to volunteer and give back to our professional community in ways that optimize your impact and respect your busy schedule. Participate on a Content Expert Panel, serve as an item writer for test content, or participate on the standard setting panels to establish the passing exam score.


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  • Earn a reduction in the number of contact hours required to renew ANCC certification
  • Enhance your influence and recognition in your specialty
  • Collaborate with health care colleagues nationwide
  • Achieve professional growth to advance your nursing career
  • Play a dynamic role in the development of your field of expertise

General Qualifications

  • Currently in practice as it relates to your certification
  • Have an active ANCC certification in your field of practice
  • Hold an unencumbered license to practice

Characteristics Sought in ANCC Volunteers

  • Enthusiasm
  • Dependability
  • Leadership skills
  • Communication skills
  • Collaboration skills
  • Resourcefulness
  • Commitment to ANCC

Volunteer FAQs

Q: How does the volunteer process work once I submit my application?

A: Your application will be reviewed and if/when there is a need for volunteers that match your skill set and interests, we will contact you. All applicants will receive notification of their eligibility status within several weeks of submitting the application. If you are not selected your name is automatically added to our Volunteer Registry for consideration as other opportunities arise. If you have any questions or concerns about your application, you can reach out to

Q: Can nurses at any level of education, experience, and position be considered for volunteer opportunities?

A: We encourage nurses of every type to apply for volunteer opportunities. It is only by hearing many different voices in the nursing community that we can help to improve the quality of patient care.

In order to qualify to participate, you must spend at least 50% of your professional time engaged in practice in the role, population, and specialty of the certification area to which you are seeking appointment. You must also have an active ANCC certification in your field of practice and hold an unencumbered license to practice.

Q: If I hold multiple ANCC Certifications, which certification would be best to apply for?

A: Please apply for the certification test activity that best reflects your current practice and interest.

Q: Why does ANCC require its volunteers to sign volunteer agreements and conflict of interest forms?

A: ANCC recognizes that our valued volunteers have other personal, business, and professional interests or commitments, some of which may have the potential to create conflicts with the interests of ANCC. These agreements are a vehicle to set expectations and create a common understanding of a volunteer’s obligations. These agreements are intended to protect the interests of ANCC as well as the intellectual property assets it creates for the benefit of its certification holders and the professional and business communities it supports.

Q: Who makes the selections for a volunteer group?

A: An Appointments Committee composed of current Content Expert Panel chairs determines applicants’ eligibility to serve. 

Q: If I am not selected for a specific position, can I be considered for others?

A: Yes. If you are deemed eligible to serve but are not needed at the time of your application, you will be placed in our ANCC Volunteer Registry for future test development activities. As needs for the test development activities arise, you may be contacted by ANCC staff.

Q: What if my interests or credentials change?

A: You can update your application at any time. Be sure to do so any time you have a change in your job duties and particularly if your contact information changes.

Professional nursing accreditation can be done right and professionally when we support ANCC. Their staff supported me in many ways to become comfortable in volunteering my services for the nursing profession, which I have spent decades of my life practicing. I request all my colleagues to step out of your comfort zones to help make us stronger.

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