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Certified Nurse Manager and Leader Certification

Become a Certified Nurse Manager and Leader

The Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML®) credential is designed exclusively for nurse leaders in the nurse manager role. With the CNML certification, you will become recognized as a leader in your health care community.

What you get with your CNML Certification

  • Industry-recognized certification that demonstrates your knowledge of the essential elements of nursing management and leadership.
  • A certificate to showcase your management expertise and share your credentials across the nursing leadership community.
  • Listing in the CNML verification portal, which helps employers find professionals like you.


Certification Testing Centers COVID-19 Updates

The PSI certification testing center is continuing to monitor the latest developments associated with the global spread of COVID-19.

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Exam fee $300 AONL member | $425 non-member

Taking the CNML Exam

Get your CNML certification by passing a 115-question exam, testing your knowledge of the four core principles of financial management; human resource management; performance improvement; and strategic management and technology.

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Keep your CNML Certification

CNML Recertification

The recertification process provides certificants with the opportunity to demonstrate the retention, reinforcement and expansion of their knowledge and skills.


Policy change to CNML and CENP certification exam retake
Effective Jan. 15, 2021, candidates who receive an unsuccessful result on a CENP® or CNML® certification exam have the opportunity to retake the examination at a future date. Candidates can retake the exam no sooner than 90 days after their most recent exam date. An application will be available after the 90 days have passed. Candidates may apply for and take the same certification exam up to 3 times in a 12-month period. Review the complete policy.

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CNML Preparation & Resources

AONL offers practice exams and resources to help prepare yourself for the CNML exam. We recommend that you review the preparation resources and CNML handbook before taking the certification exam.

Preparation Resources for CNML Exam

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about the exam? See if we can answer your questions about the CNML certification exam in the FAQ section. Find out if you meet the qualifications for the exam and locations you can take the certification exam in the CNML FAQ.

Frequently Asked Questions about the CNML Exam

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CNML Essentials Review Course

AONL offers a review course for the CNML exam. The review course will cover case studies, simulation learning and a discounted practice test. Participants of the review course can earn continuing education credits when they successfully complete the course.

CNML Essentials Review Course

On March 2016, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the American Organization of Nurse Executives Credentialing Center (AONE-CC) for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. The NCCA Standards were created in 1977 and updated in 2003 to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry. AONE-CC joins an elite group of more than 120 organizations representing over 270 programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation. More information on the NCCA is available online at or by calling 202/367-1165.