Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Exam Dates

Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Certification Exam Dates 2015-2016

The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Certification is a credential for graduates of master’s and post-master’s CNL programs. Eligible candidates must follow the instructions outlined in the CNL Certification Examination Handbook, which is available on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing website at:

The AACN CNL Certification is designed to promote quality patient care by formally recognizing those who meet the requirements of the certification program and pass the exam. The certification provides a standard for assessment of a CNL and encourages continued personal and professional growth. Although certification is not required, it is recommended. For further information, please refer to the CNL Certification Examination Handbook.


Testing Period

Exam Date

July 13 – August 7, 2015

July 24, 2015

November 30 – December 11, 2015

December 11, 2015

February 1 – February 19, 2016

February 12, 2016

April 25 – May 20, 2016

May 6, 2016

July 15 – August 8, 2016

July 22, 2016


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