Intercontinental Nursing Program (INP) Certification

The Intercontinental Nursing Proficiency Exam is designed to test if nurses with international educations have acquired the fundamental knowledge of international nursing standards; the INP exam can better prepare nurses for diversified work environment. To be eligible for the test, foreign nurses must have completed at least 18 months of professional nursing education.
Importance of obtaining the INP Certification is to demonstrate certain abilities and emphasis in working at an more diversified and international environment to the employer.

The INP Certification is an important factor for initial employers to consider the following:

INP Certification Requires:

* All required material is covered in one extensive exam. The exam has two sections.

Candidates who successfully pass the INP exam will be award INP certification.

Application Details Qualification Requirements Exam Information Fees

Application Process

For members, login to your AFNPA system account, under Certifications select INP Exam. For non-member candidates, register on, become a member or select TCP Candidate to continue.
Pay for the Exam fees.
Upload or mail in required qualification documentations.

Qualification Requirements

To be eligible for the exam, foreign nurses inside the United States or outside of the United States must complete at least 18 months of professional nursing education.
Provide a copy of your home country personal identification card.
Provide a passport standard photo.
You will receive an email verification regarding whether you exam eligibility have been met. If you are eligible to take the exam, you will be given an Exam Identification Form (EIF) to select your exam date and attend your exam.
For students who are currently still in school, provide a copy of your school transcripts upload to AFNPA system, if you are mailing in the documentations please have your school student record department mail to us directly using a sealed envelope.
For students who already graduated, provide one copy of your nursing school diploma and transcript.

Exam Information

  • Exam Format

    The INP Qualifying Exam has both Internet-based and paper based exams for candidates to choose. Questions utilize a multiple-choice format. The exam will take approximately 90 minutes.
  • Bring to exam

    Your Exam Identification Form (EIF)
    Home country personal identification card.
  • Exam result

    With in 15 business days, you would be able to access your exam result through AFNPA system.
    If you pass the exam, after a finial review of all documents, your certification will be mail to you with in one month.


  • Certification
  • Description
  • Fees
INP Certification Program application
Included both exam and certification fee
Order Second certificate
Reprocess an expired re-examination application
With in 12 months from the expiration date