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.

Taking the CENP exam

  • Exam fee | $325 AONE | $450 non-member
    Get your CENP certification by testing your knowledge of the four core principles of communication and relationship building; knowledge of the health care environment; professionalism; business skills and leadership.


CENP preparation and resources

AONE 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.

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.

CENP review course

AONE 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 7.0 contact hours when they successfully complete the course.