CNML Certification Preparation

AONL’s revised Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML®) and Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP®) exams will be released this November. To introduce the revised exams, we will offer a 50% discount to anyone who takes the CNML exam November 1 – December 31, 2023 or the CENP exam November 15 – December 31, 2023.  Please use CNML50 or CENP50 in the discount field at time of purchase.

The passing score will be set after a statistical analysis of the revised exam’s performance against the recommendations of the Standard Setting Committee. During the statistical analysis period, test takers will not receive their exam results onsite at the testing center. A score report will be sent 8-12 weeks after exam completion. You will know the passing score when you receive your score report.

For further details on the revised exams please visit the exam FAQs

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.

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.

Nurse Manager Competencies

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.


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.