Become a Certified CNL

The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification is obtained through the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC), an autonomous arm of Association of American Colleges of Nursing (AACN). To be considered for CNL certification, a candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Registered Nurse licensure
  • Candidates currently being disciplined by a state nursing board are ineligible.
  • Graduation from a CNL master’s or post-master’s education program
  • Successful completion of the CNL Certification Exam

Students in their last term of a CNL education program are eligible to sit for the CNL examination.

Waiver for CNL Faculty

The CNC is waiving the eligibility requirements for CNL faculty to apply for certification. The waiver expires December 31, 2018. CNL faculty who meet the following criteria are eligible to sit for the CNL Certification Examination:

Access the CNC Web Portal to review the plethora of resources available regarding the CNL role.

Get more details on the CNL certification process.