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.

Register for the CNML exam between Mar. 19 - Apr. 19 to take advantage of a 50% discount on your exam fee.

What you get with your CNML Certification

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

Taking the CNML exam

  • Exam fee | $300 AONE | $425 non-member
    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.


  • Recertification fee | $200 AONE or AACN* | $275 non-member
    The recertification process provides certificants with the opportunity to demonstrate the retention, reinforcement and expansion of their knowledge and skills. Access the recertification application.


*As of 8/31/2018, the discounted member price for certification recertification will be available to AONE members only.

CNML preparation and resources

AONE 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.

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.

CNML review course

AONE 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 a maximum of 7.0 contact hours when they successfully complete the course.

On March 2016, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the American Organization of Nurse Executives Credentialing Center (AONE-CC) for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. The NCCA Standards were created in 1977 and updated in 2003 to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry. AONE-CC joins an elite group of more than 120 organizations representing over 270 programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation. More information on the NCCA is available online at or by calling 202/367-1165.