Certification for Nurse Educators

ncaalogo2020On April 1, 2009, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the NLN's CNE Program for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). 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. The NCCA certification was renewed in 2014 and in 2020.


If you are currently registered for the CNE or CNEcl Exam...

Scantron is our new testing partner for administering certification exams.
You will receive an email from Scantron with instructions to schedule an exam date.
PSI is no longer an option for testing. Do not call PSI for scheduling assistance.
If you are awaiting scheduling instructions, please contact us at certification@nln.org.

Value of Certification

Certification in any field is a mark of professionalism. For academic nurse educators, it establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. It communicates to students, peers and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. By becoming credentialed as a certified nurse educator, you serve as a leader and a role model. Certification is the mark of distinction for nursing faculty.


The mission of the Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program is to promote excellence in the advanced specialty role of the academic nurse educator.

Certification Programs Offered

The NLN offers two academic nurse educator certifications:

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Getting Involved

For those nurse educators who are certified through these certification programs, there are several ways to become involved as a volunteer to advance your career and those of your colleagues in the industry. You also will be recognized for your work by the NLN, including in the Salute to Members published annually. Learn more.

CNE Honor Cords

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are temporarily unable to process orders for CNE Honor Cords.