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Certified in Executive Nursing Practice Certification


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

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.



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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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