Credentialed Practitioners

Credentialed Practitioners

Ongoing Excellence in Respiratory Care

NBRC Credentialed Practitioners: We are proud to dedicate this special section of our website just to you. Ensuring your continued competence requires keeping current with best practices and new developments in the field of respiratory care, and the NBRC is here to support you every step of the way.

Click or tap on a topic below for detailed guidance.

Credential Verification

A letter of credential verification can confirm for you or a third party, the information on each credential currently held. You may request this service online using the button below or by submitting a written request including the following information:

  • Name
  • Social Security Number
  • Current mailing address
  • Address to where the letter of verification should be mailed
  • Payment in the form of a check, money order or credit card number with expiration date (active status rate: $5, inactive status rate: $20)

Allow 7-10 days for processing mailed requests and two days for online requests. In addition to these time frames, please allow 5-7 business days for US mail delivery.

How to purchase a credential verification letter

Continuing Competency Program

As a credentialed respiratory care practitioner, excellence defines you – and we know you are committed to providing the highest quality patient care throughout your career. To support you in doing so, our Continuing Competency Program offers three options for maintaining your NBRC credential(s):

  • Option 1: Provide proof of completion of 30 or more hours of Category I Continuing Education directly related to respiratory therapy or pulmonary function technology. Acceptable educational activities include lectures, panels, workshops, seminars, symposiums and distance education). You can submit and track your CEUs with ease using our online portal. At the NBRC, we intend for the completion of CE credit to coordinate with the requirements of state licensure agencies, which means you can use the same CE hours to satisfy requirements for the state as well as NBRC continuing competency. You may also use credits from the American Association for Respiratory Care Continuing Respiratory Care Education Program (AARC-CRCE®) to fulfill the NBRC Continuing Competency Program requirements.
  • Option 2: Retake and pass the respective examination for the highest credential held that is subject to the Continuing Competency Program. You may retake an examination any time during your five-year credential period. A new five-year period will begin on the date you successfully pass the examination. If you hold multiple credentials from the NBRC and elect to maintain your credentials through the examination option, you must successfully complete the examination for the highest level credential held that is subject to the Continuing Competency Program.
  • Option 3: Pass an NBRC credentialing examination not previously completed to automatically extend the recredentialing period of all other NBRC credentials you hold for an additional five years (starting when you earn a new NBRC credential). As a result, all your NBRC credentials will have the same expiration date, allowing you to maintain all credentials simultaneously in the future.

The Continuing Competency Program is not retroactive, and therefore, this program does not affect credentials achieved before July 1, 2002. For example, if you earned your NBRC credentials before July 1, 2002, and then you later passed a different NBRC credentialing examination after July 1, 2002, you would only be required to participate in the Continuing Competency Program for the credential achieved on or after July 1, 2002.

What is the Continuing Competency Program?

Renewing your Active NBRC Status

When you earned your badge of distinction by successfully completing your credentialing examination, you received active NBRC status for the remainder of that calendar year. We encourage you to set a goal for renewing your active status every year.

Being an active member in the national group of practitioners credentialed by the NBRC means you care about protecting your professional future. Benefits of active status include:

  • Recognition in the NBRC Directory and access to fellow NBRC credentialed respiratory care professionals across the country
  • An online subscription to NBRC Horizons, an informative, quarterly newsletter with the latest news in credentialing developments
  • Reduced fees for products and services
  • Participation in the Continuing Education option of the Continuing Competency Program at no additional cost when you maintain active status for all five years of your credential term
  • Representation with major organizations and state agencies that impact the respiratory care profession
  • A voice in the future of the profession
  • An appreciation gift in recognition of your active status renewal

Visit the NBRC Practitioner Portal

We want to make your experience with the NBRC as seamless and smooth as possible. One way we do this is by providing secure access to our portal for credentialed practitioners.
From our Practitioner Portal, you can:

  • View your current subscription to the NBRC Horizons newsletter (active status practitioners only)
  • Renew your active NBRC status
  • Enter your Continuing Competency Program information for maintaining your credential
  • Order credential verification letters
  • Purchase NBRC badges of distinction: pins and wallet cards
  • Update your contact information with the NBRC

You have your credentials, now what?

How to use the candidate/practitioner dashboard

Directory of Credentialed Practitioners

As a credentialed practitioner, you have access to the Directory of Credentialed Practitioners, which allows you to search for credentialed colleagues across the country.

Member Directory

Order Pins, Wallet Cards and Replacement Certificates

Through our Practitioner Portal, you can order pins, wallet cards and replacement certificates available exclusively to NBRC credentialed practitioners.

Demonstrating Excellence through Specialization

As an NBRC credentialed respiratory care practitioner, you serve a vitally important role – one that saves and improves lives. To continuously advance your career opportunities within the profession, we offer specialty credentials in the following areas of respiratory care:

  • Adult critical care
  • Neonatal/pediatric respiratory care
  • Sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention
  • Pulmonary function technology

Specialty credentialing helps you maintain control over your career, signaling to employers and colleagues that your skills are highly specialized and your knowledge and expertise is current in multiple areas of respiratory care. Becoming a respiratory care practitioner with specialty credentials can help you attain better jobs with higher salaries at higher quality institutions.

NBRC credentialed practitioners become eligible to apply for specialty credential examinations three months to one year after earning the RRT or CRT credential (actual time frames vary by current credential and desired specialty credential).

Benefits of specialty credentials

Candidate Handbook

We developed the Candidate Handbook to help you apply and prepare for NBRC credentialing examinations, including specialty credentialing exams. The Candidate Handbook contains the NBRC’s admissions and examination policies, applications for testing, and other important information about the content of the respective examinations. These materials in no way substitute for a thorough education or your commitment to study, but they can help you increase your confidence and ability to perform well on the examinations.