CNML Certification Preparation


Assessing your Readiness for the CNML exam

The exam is based on the four practice areas of financial management; human resource management; performance improvement; and strategic management and technology, derived from Nurse Manager Learning Domain Framework. The following are suggested steps and resources to assist you in your preparation.

Recommended Resources & Tools

CNML Candidate Handbook

Determine your eligibility with the CNML candidate handbook. The CNML Candidate Handbook outlines not only the necessary steps for registering and taking the exam, but the distribution and types of questions within the proficiencies in the four practice areas.

Testing Center Locations

The CNML Certifcation exam has testing locations across the United States and globe. Search for the nearest testing center for the CNML Certification exam.


Nurse Manager Examination Reading List

The Nurse Manager Examination Reading List can then help you identify pertinent literature and resources in those areas where you feel you need additional aid in your studies.


CNML Practice Exam

Designed to give you an edge in preparation for the exam, the CNML practice exam will give you a greater understanding of the CNML Exam. AONL members receive a discounted member rate.


CNML Essentials Review Course

The review course will cover case studies, simulation learning and a discounted practice test. Participants of the review course can earn a maximum of 7.0 contact hours when they successfully complete the course.


AONL Nurse Manager Competency Self Assessment

As you determine your readiness to take the Certified Nurse Manager and Leader exam, begin by utilizing the AONL Nurse Leader Competency Assessment. The competencies provide you with a summary of the skills needed to perform the nurse managers job. The assessment gives an indication of your readiness to take the exam based on your experience.


Nurse Manager Competencies

This exam is based on the AONL Nurse Manager Competencies.

Accreditation Statement

The American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. AONL is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 15740.


Use of these or any other course(s)/material(s) does not imply eligibility for certification or successful performance on any certification exam, nor is it a requirement to qualify for individual certification. These course(s)/material(s) are optional and are some of the multiple resources that may be used in preparation for the exam.