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Certified in Executive Nursing Practice Certification

Live-Remote Proctoring Available Soon!

The vendor that AONL and the American Hospital Association Certification Center use for testing will offer a live-remote proctoring option later this year. More details will be available soon!

Become a Certified Nurse Executive

The Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP®) is for nurse leaders who are engaged in executive nursing practice. With the CENP certification you will become recognized as an executive in the health care community.

What you get with your CENP Certification

  • Industry-recognized certification that demonstrates your knowledge with the essential elements of nursing executive management.
  • A certificate to showcase your management expertise and share your credentials across nursing leadership community.
  • Listing in the CENP verification portal, which helps employers find professionals like you.
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Exam fee AONL member $325 | $450 non-member

Taking the CENP exam

The exam is based on the AONL Nurse Executive Competencies™ of communication and relationship building; knowledge of the health care environment; professionalism; business skills and leadership.

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Keep your CENP Certification

CENP Recertification

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



Use of Calculators 

Some exam questions may require calculations. A calculator may be accessible on the computer screen. In the event a calculator is not accessible on the computer screen, test takers should come prepared with a calculator that is silent, nonprogrammable without paper tape printing capability or alpha keypad. Use of a computer or a cell phone is not permitted. Calculators will be checked for conformance with this regulation before candidates are allowed admission to the Test Center or testing room. Calculators that do not comply with these specifications are not permitted in the PSI Test Center or testing room. 

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CENP Preparation & Resources

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

Preparation Resources for CENP 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 CENP 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 CENP FAQ.

Frequently Asked Questions about the CENP Exam

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CENP Essentials Review Course

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

CENP Essentials Review Course