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The RCN have updated the guidance documents and all applications for accreditation and renewal should now be submitted on the seventh edition of the application forms (below):
Renewing your accreditation
Where possible, applications to renew your accreditation should be received three months in advance of the accreditation expiry date to avoid delay and ensure continuity. Applications for re-accreditation can be accepted up to a maximum of six months before, and six months after accreditation expires. However, the RCN will not recognise nurses as being accredited during any lapsed periods.
Applications to renew your accreditation received over six months since expiry will not be accepted and nurses will be required to submit a new full application. It is not possible to backdate accreditation dates.
LARC accreditation fees
Accreditation – valid for five years
Members: £360 (includes VAT at 20 per cent)*
Non-members: £480 (includes VAT at 20 per cent)*
* VAT is applicable to all accreditation fees from 1 April 2012.
Accreditation certificates are only issued once payment has cleared.
Assistance with funding
Nurses who are having problems in obtaining funding can apply to the Nightingale Fund for assistance.