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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 practise 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 education and their research in a 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 the NHS or 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 relevant masters qualification, 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 publicly available database of credentialed nurses, and will receive a badge and certificate. There will be a cost for being included on the database and this will be renewed every three years. 

Please see the following link for the complete process of Credentialing. Credentialing Process Infographic

Am I Eligible?

This link will take you through to the models for Credentialing. Please review these models in order to gain a clear understanding of which one you fit under when applying for Credentialing. Credentialing Models

If you are unsure of what model for Credentialing you fit under, then please see the link below for further assistance.

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  

If you require a transcript from the RCN as part of credentialing, please contact

Case studies

Understand more about RCN credentialing from nurses who have already gained the credential.


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