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Recognising advanced level practice in nursing

Credentialing supports you to continue your personal and professional development and enhance your career prospects.

What is credentialing?

Credentialing recognises the skill of an individual nurse to practice at an advanced level.

Credentialing allows nurses to gain formal recognition of their level of expertise and skill in their clinical practice, their leadership, their teaching and their research in way that is recognisable to colleagues, employers, patients and the public.

Initially credentialing will be open to nurses who demonstrate that they are working at an advanced level, practise in both the NHS and independent sector and are either members or non-members of the RCN.

The RCN is currently piloting credentialing, and the service will be widely available from Spring 2017.

Nurses will require a masters degree, non-medical prescribing rights and an active membership of the NMC to credential, however the pilot phase will look at temporary arrangements for nurses who have equivalent to masters degree level study and an NMC recordable prescribing qualification.

Nurses interested in being awarded the credential must demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the awarding body - in this case the RCN.

Those who are successful in credentialing will be included on a register, and will receive a badge and certificate. There will be a cost for being included on the register and this will be renewed every three years. 

How can I take part?

The RCN is currently running a test cohort through the credentialing service.

Credentialing will be available to all nurses working at an advanced level from Spring 2017.

To register your interest, please complete the form on this page.

If you have a question about credentialing or wish to provide feedback to inform our pilot, please email  


Credentialing Team, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN

Applying for accreditation

Want to become a credentialing assessor? 

For more information including a person specification, job description and remuneration, please email