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Commission on Nurse Certification

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The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Certification Program is managed by the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC), an autonomous arm of AACN, and governed by the CNC Board of Commissioners. CNC recognizes individuals who have demonstrated professional standards and knowledge through CNL certification. CNC promotes life-long learning through CNL renewal requirements. The CNC Board of Commissioners and staff are soley responsible for the policies and administration of the CNL Certification Program.


   On January 16, 2014 the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) and the CNL Certification Program for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. Click here for more information.