The NCSN Certification denotes competence. As defined by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) it is a formal recognition of the specialized knowledge, skills and experience demonstrated by the achievement of standards identified by a nursing specialty to promote optimal health outcomes.

According to Selekman and Wolfe (2010) The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) school nurse certification supports safe and effective care in school nursing practice.

NCSN certification indicates competence in the practice of school nursing, and recertification indicates continuing competence in school nursing practice.