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Certified Nurse Manager and Leader Certification

Become a Certified Nurse Manager and Leader

The Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML®) credential is designed exclusively for nurse leaders in the nurse manager role. With the CNML certification, you will become recognized as a leader in your health care community.

What you get with your CNML Certification

  • Industry-recognized certification that demonstrates your knowledge of the essential elements of nursing management and leadership.
  • A certificate to showcase your management expertise and share your credentials across the nursing leadership community.
  • Listing in the CNML verification portal, which helps employers find professionals like you.
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Exam fee $300 AONL member | $425 non-member

Taking the CNML Exam

Get your CNML certification by passing a 115-question exam, testing your knowledge of the four core principles of financial management; human resource management; performance improvement; and strategic management and technology.

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Keep your CNML Certification

CNML 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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CNML Preparation & Resources

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

Preparation Resources for CNML 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 CNML 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 CNML FAQ.

Frequently Asked Questions about the CNML Exam

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CNML Essentials Review Course

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

CNML Essentials Review Course