The Academic Novice Nurse Educator Certification Exam has been created as a means for novice nurse educators to validate knowledge of the role of the novice nurse educator. The definition of novice nurse educator has been established as educators new to nursing education with less than three years of nurse educator practice. The novice nurse educator role has defined competencies and task statements

The structure of the certification program for the CNE®n has some differences when compared to the other two nurse educator certifications available. The CNE®n is valid for a three-year period only based on the literature review indicating that the novice period is about three years.

The certification is non-renewable with the hope that the novice nurse educator certification will provide the opening of the door for novice educators to focus on professional development and be interested in pursuing one or both of the other NLN certifications.

NLN Certification is proud of the structure of the Certification Program as it has developed. The Benner model of novice-to-expert has been helpful in the development of the program's framework.

Certification candidates are responsible for the information contained in the Certified Academic Nurse Educator Novice (CNE®n) Handbook.

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Live online proctoring is available for candidates. An approved candidate is able to select in-center testing or the live online proctoring method of testing. Below are links to videos that explain more about the online proctoring option.


Non-Discrimination Policy

This certifying organization does not discriminate among candidates as to age, sex, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Review of test items, inclusive of the potential of test item bias, is maintained.

Candidates have the right to expect all aspects of the certification process to be fair and free from discrimination. All reasonable efforts should be made to ensure examinations are job-related; no candidate is excluded from the examination as a result of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity; language that may be offensive to population subgroups has been eliminated; and bias and stereotyping have been reduced.

Bias is the presence of an item characteristic that results in the differential performance of candidates of equal ability. Variations in test results are acceptable only when they reflect the true ability of candidates and not when they result from unintended interpretation of the item by an identifiable subgroup. Bias in an examination is a validity issue.