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Contact CNC's Staff at cnl@aacnnursing.org.

Apply for the Exam

Review the CNL Certification Guide, the Application & Exam Process Flowchart, the Application Checklist, and the CNL Standards of Conduct. Candidates must submit all required documents to CNC by the published deadline.

Apply to take the CNL exam in these short easy steps!

  1. Determine if you are eligible to sit for the exam. 

    CNL Eligibility flowchart

  2. If you meet the Eligibility Requirements, please review the Exam Dates and Locations

  3. Once you have determined your exam date and location, you need to login to MyCNC Profile to submit the Online CNL Exam Application with payment. All fees are subject to change and are non-refundable.

  4. After submitting your application, contact your CNL Program Director and have them complete the Online Education Documentation Form (EDF). They will receive an email to complete the online form as soon as your exam application is submitted to CNC. The form is due by the registration deadline for the testing period you apply for.

    Note: Only the CNL Program Director can log into the online EDF page once they receive the email notification from CNC. All CNL Program Directors receive a  password to access the form from CNC. 

    For Faculty Only: Faculty applying for the exam are able to submit the CNL Faculty Eligibility Form (FEF) when they complete the exam application. The FEF is due by the registration deadline for the testing period you apply for.

  5. If you require ADA accommodations, submit to CNC the be sure to select this option within your online exam application.

Once your application, payment, and documentation is verified, CNC will email you a confirmation letter (up to 2 weeks after applying) with important exam information. 

Need to change your exam date or location? Log into your MyCNC Profile and complete the CNL Exam Date/Location Change Form (under the Forms Tab). 

CNL Program Directors: If your school is not listed as an Eligible CNL Program and you are interested in applying, the school Dean or equivalent must submit the CNL Education Program Verification Form to CNC.  To host the exam, the CNL Program Director must submit the Site Registration Form by the listed due date.

Eligibility Requirements

CNL Certification Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to sit for the CNL Certification Exam, an individual must:

To be considered for full certification, a candidate must meet the following requirements:  

  • Registered Nurse licensure (The candidate will be ineligible if currently being disciplined by a state nursing board.)
  • Submission of the candidates’ Education Documentation Form by the CNL Program Director.   

Certification will be awarded by CNC upon documentation and verification of RN licensure and submission of the CNL Education Program Documentation form by the CNL Program Director.

Waiver for CNL Faculty

The CNC is waiving the eligibility requirements for CNL faculty to apply for certification. CNL faculty who meet the following criteria are eligible to sit for the CNL Certification Examination:  

  • Registered Nurse licensure 
  • Graduate degree in nursing or a related health care discipline (such as health care administration or public health) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 
  • Teach in an existing CNL education program  

Note: To apply for the exam, CNL faculty must submit the online CNL Certification Application and the CNL Faculty Eligibility Documentation Form. Waiver expires December 31, 2020.