BOGO DEAL! Specialty Exams Second-Chance-Free Guarantee

Specialty credentialing within the field of respiratory care signals to employers and colleagues that excellence truly defines you. The result is better access to specialty care for patients, along with greater career opportunities and professional satisfaction for you. For a limited time, the NBRC is offering a buy one, get a second chance guaranteed on all specialty exams! This second-chance-free guarantee promotion is for all exam candidates attempting a specialty exam for the first time who apply between July 1 and December 31, 2024, until 11:59 p.m. CST. You must apply for the examination and pay the application fee during this time frame.


  • For a limited time, if you are not successful in earning a specialty credential on your first examination attempt, you can apply to retake the same NBRC specialty examination for a second attempt for FREE.
  • Specialty exams included in this deal are ACCS, AE-C, NPS, PFT and SDS. This promotion applies to candidates passing the PFT examination at only the low-cut score. This offer does not apply to the TMC and CSE exams.
  • If you do not pass your first attempt, you must apply again for the same examination and take your free examination by December 31, 2025.
  • To receive the second specialty exam free, you must sign into your Practitioner Portal account, and complete the application process. The fee will only be waived if you apply for the same credentialing exam.
  • All NBRC application and examination policies apply to this promotion.


  • If a candidate fails to pass the examination on the first attempt, they will be provided a second chance free when applying again for the same examination. If you are signed in to your Practitioner Portal account and asked for payment, you should abandon the application process and contact the NBRC. Those eligible for the second chance free should not be asked for payment. Make sure you are logged in to our Practitioner Portal when you apply. Candidates who apply again and pay an application fee will not receive a refund.
  • Candidates who wish to claim this offer must submit a re-application for the same examination and attempt the second-chance-free guarantee examination by December 31, 2025. After that time, the offer will no longer be valid.
  • Candidates who are absent from their first attempt do not qualify for a free retest.
  • The promotion is not transferable to other examinations or other people.
  • Vouchers for specialty examinations are available for purchase and accepted for payment. Candidates who wish to use their voucher must apply between July 1, 2024, through December 31, 2024, by 11:59 p.m. CST and have their application approved.
  • This offer applies to candidates submitting a specialty exam application for the first time and apply between July 1, 2024, through December 31, 2024, by 11:59 p.m. CST, and are subsequently approved.