Exam Date and Fees

Exam Date and Fees

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Types of Testing Sites

CNC offers computer-based testing for the CNL certification exam.  Candidates have two types of exam sites where they can take the test:

1. Onsite at the candidate’s school of nursing - Exam Sites at Eligible CNL Education Programs.

NOTE: Program Directors are responsible for:

2. Administered at a SMT testing center if the school of nursing exam site is not conveniently located.

Examination Dates

Test Period
Application & Program 
Registration Deadline
Spring 2017: April 24 - May 19, 2017 3/17/2017
Summer 2017: July 17 - August 11, 2017 6/9/2017
Fall 2017: November 27 - December 8, 2017 10/27/2017
Winter 2018: January 29 - February 16, 2018 12/11/2017

Exam Fees

Administered at a School of Nursing Online Application
CNL Exam Registration Fee (1st Time Applicant Only) $350.00
Re-testing CNL Exam Registration Fee $250.00
Administered at a Testing Center   
CNL Exam Registration Fee (1st Time Applicant Only) $425.00
Re-testing CNL Exam Registration Fee $325.00


NOTE: All fees are subject to change and are non-refundable.  Candidates may not retest during the same testing period. Applications must be submitted online by the deadline. There are no exceptions. Access to the exam will be denied if payment has not cleared at least 5 business days prior to the beginning of the testing period.