NCP Guide Program
The NCP Guide Program is a win-win for NCP candidates and NCPs alike! The candidate that has registered and paid for the NCP exam can request a free personal Guide to help put them at ease and develop an understanding of what is ahead on the road to becoming an NCP. This Guide is a current NCP in good standing. In return, the Guide is able to earn valuable CE credits for his/her efforts.
Introduction to the Guide Program
You can earn NCP Continuing Education Credits for your time. Many NCPs have been looking for ways to earn “free’ credits and this is a golden opportunity. Through your guidance and leadership you can help someone while earning those valuable credits. Here’s the fine print:
- You earn 1 NCP Credit for each 50 minutes of discussion with the candidate
- Guides will work with the candidate no less than 50 minutes
- No more than 5 NCP Credits to be earned per annual exam cycle (CEs may be filed across two years if the 5 CEs span across 2 calendar years—as test window is April/May). 4 hours and 20 minutes of one-on-one Guide time equals 5 NCP Credits
- Guides can earn a maximum of 15 CEs per five year NCP certification renewal cycle
- Guides can only earn NCP CE Credit for working with one candidate per annual NCP exam cycle for Credits; Providing guidance to additional people in a group setting is acceptable, however, Credit(s) will only be provided for working with one candidate
- Guide receives NCP Credit based on time spent and not on pass/fail score of the candidate
- Guides can enroll beginning June 1 for the next year’s exam. Guides must be enrolled by December 1, prior to the upcoming April/May exam window. The earlier a Guide enrolls—the more likely he/she will be assigned a candidate
- Suggestions for Guides on spending time with your NCP candidate can be found here
Guides will answer questions about how and what to study, general check subject matter, and the exam experience. Guides are encouraged to discuss blueprint areas and how to best allocate study time. Guides are forbidden from discussing specific exam questions and/or content.
Guides do not take the place of an exam preparation training course. Guides serve as resources to improve the NCP journey—not as teachers. A Guide can be asked questions and provide direction, but he/she is not responsible for training on the subject matter. Typical questions on which a Guide might provide insight:
Outside the boundaries of NCP Guide commitment:
- What is the NCP exam like? How are the questions formatted? How many questions on various topics?
- What was the testing center like? Setup? How many others are in the same room? Was it quiet? What can I take into the exam room?
- How should I focus my study time? What tips can you provide me? Will you remind me to study from time to time?
Guide Sign-Up Process / Candidate Evaluation Process
- Questions on exact exam content, questions, or answers. (ECCHO has the right at its sole discretion to revoke an NCP’s certification when it believes the NCP’s action undermines the creditability and reputation of the NCP program and/or ECCHO. Possible reasons for revocation include but are not limited to: unauthorized possession and/or distribution of exam questions/answers or other exam-related materials).
- Questions that you don’t know the answer to—those questions should be referred to ECCHO or the candidate’s training provider.
- Guide should not be relied upon as candidate’s sole source of training
- Guide is not expected to provide more than 5 credits—which equates to 4 hours and twenty minutes of time to the candidate. The guide may choose to spend more time if they wish with the candidate, however, 5 CEs is the maximum credit he/she may receive in one exam cycle (June-May).
The Guide signs the Guide Oath. ECCHO works to pair the Guide with a Candidate. If successful, the relationship initiates. The Guide maintains tracking of the time together and submits with all other NCP CE Credit submissions at year end. (1 CE for each 50 minutes up to 5 CE credits per exam cycle) . Once the exam window has been closed in May, the Guide/candidate relationship will conclude. The Guide submits this form during the standard filing period in each year for which they worked with a candidate as a Guide and follows the standard NCP Credit filing process to submit for NCP Credit for their Guide time. Candidate will have the opportunity to complete a brief survey on the quality of the Guide experience and verify the amount of time spent with his/her Guide.
If for some reason, the Guide/candidate relationship is not satisfactory to either person, Guides/candidates can be reassigned to other relationships on an availability basis. Click here to request a change.
Click here if you are an NCP and would like to be paired with current candidate
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