National Certification

To provide proof of certification/recertification to KBN you may:

  • Fax to: 502-429-3336,
  • Email to:  kbn-cred@ky.gov or
  • Mail directly to the boards' office at:  

    Kentucky Board of Nursing
    312 Whittington Parkway
    Suite 300
    Louisville, KY  40222

You must hold current certification with a KBN-recognized national certifying organization in order to be issued a permanent APRN in order to be issued a permanent APRN license in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

All proof of national certification must include:

  • Name of national certifying organization
  • Your name
  • Certification number
  • Certification expiration date

Acceptable forms of certification are:

  • Copy of national certification card
  • Copy of national certification certificate

Membership cards are not accepted as proof of certification.

APRN's must maintain current national certification and it must be on file with KBN.  If your national certification lapses or is not provided to KBN for any reason, your APRN license will be invalidated and you may not practice as an APRN in Kentucky.  APRN's must maintain current national certification and it must be on file with KBN.  If your national certification lapses or is not provided to KBN for any reason, your APRN license will be invalidated and you may not practice as an APRN in Kentucky until the APRN license has been reinstated. 

National Certifying Organizations

The board recognizes the following national certifying organizations: