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New! Sign Up for Pilot Testing of CNE Exam Forms 15 & 16

Pilot testing is now available for Forms 15 and 16 of the CNE exam. You may select to take the pilot exam at a discount of $100 off the regular fee.

Immediate results of testing will not be available until 4-6 weeks after the pilot testing closes on August 31. This is necessary to examine the pilot testing data and ensure what passing score will be used on these exams.

Participation in the pilot testing is voluntary. The CNE exam will remain available at the regular fee with the availability of immediate results at the testing center.


The academic nurse educator certification was created to establish nursing education as a specialty area of practice and create a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. Academic nurse educators engage in a variety of roles and functions. The extent to which a specific nurse educator implements the various roles may vary according to many factors such as the mission of the nurse educator's institution, the nurse educator's rank, the nurse educator's academic preparation, and the type of program in which the nurse educator teaches. Nursing education takes place in diverse settings can include technical schools, hospitals, two-year colleges, four-year colleges, and universities.

The certification test plan for this role is based upon the identified competencies of the academic nurse educator and can be found with the Certified Nurse Educator Candidate Handbook.