About the Exam

About the Exam

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The CNL Certification Exam is a computer-based three-hour exam. The exam items reflect the CNL Job Analysis Study conducted by CNC and Schroeder Measurement Technologies, Inc.

To maintain the quality of the CNL Certification Exam administration process, CNC’s Board of Commissioners annually reviews feedback from examinees, faculty, and the testing agency.


The score for the new CNL Exam will not be released until 8-10 weeks after the first administration (May 19, 2017).

New CNL Exam Content Outline


Question? Contact CNC’s Staff at cnl@aacn.nche.edu.