PDA/ CEU Points Required
for Lapsed Certification Renewal

Month Lapsed PDA Points Lapsed PDA Points Total PDA Points Required to Recertify

1 – 12

60 15 75 PDA Points
13 – 24 60 30

90 PDA Points

25 – 36 60 45 105 PDA Points

Lapsed constituents must return to Active status within three (3) years of their last active certification expiration date or their NCCAOM Certification is terminated.

NCCAOM Diplomates are responsible for reporting all PDA/CEU credits completed during the recertification cycle in their online portal by clicking “Report CE” link. All PDA/CEU credits must be reported no later that 6 weeks from the recertification application submission date.

Click here for short instructions on all PDA/CEU reporting processes.

Attention NCCAOM Diplomates

To ensure automated reporting of approved PDA points for PDA approved courses to the NCCAOM® Recertification Transcript, all NCCAOM Diplomates must enter their first and last name and their NCCAOM ID number as recorded in their Certification account when registering for a PDA approved course. The NCCAOM ID# cannot contain any characters, letters or leading zeroes,
it may have from 3 to 6 digits only.

Fifteen (15) PDA points/hours are required per lapsed year. PDA points may not be submitted twice during a recertification cycle nor may they be carried over from one cycle to another. A CPR course is a mandatory requirement for recertification and may be completed as an online course.

Visit the NCCAOM website to find courses approved by the PDA program.

Mandatory: Core Competency PDA points are awarded for active learning that is earned in a classroom or e-learning environment in specific areas. One PDA point is equal to one hour of instructor-led learning.

Coursework Type Mandatory Points required
Core Competency: See table above
Safety (SA)
Ethics (ET)
CPR Certificate
Professional Enhancements
Total Points Required:


CPR Requirement:

Either an online CPR course or a face-to-face CPR course is acceptable for NCCAOM recertification and must be completed within the 4-year recertification cycle. A certificate of completion or a CPR card should be manually reported by Diplomates’ to their NCCAOM Recertification Transcripts for 4 PDA Points.

Optional: Professional Enhancement (PE) consists of coursework (CW) and activities (AT) that can be mixed to complete all PDA points required for lapsed NCCAOM recertification.

PE-CW Coursework: Live presentations or distance learning courses accepted.

PE-AT Approved Professional Activities are listed below

Professional Enhancement Categories