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Certification Program FAQs

Certification for Nurse Educators FAQs

  • Can the eligibility requirements be waived?

  • Is it possible to adjust an achieved score on the CNE exam?

  • Who sets the pass score for the CNE exams? What is the process?

  • What is the difference between a certificate and obtaining certification?

  • How do I know what is the best study material to use when preparing for the CNE exam?

  • How is the CNE exam developed?

  • When is CNE Renewal due?

  • What happens if my submitted Renewal Credits fail to satisfy renewal requirements?

  • Renewal Credit Conversion Table

  • How does the NLN define functioning in the full scope of the academic faculty role?

  • How long is the CNE renewal cycle and when does it begin?

  • What is the fee for CNE renewal?

  • What does "employment in the academic faculty role" mean?

  • Do I need to be a member of the NLN to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator exam?

  • What types of questions are on the examination?

  • How do I prepare for the CNE exam?

  • What is the Self-Assessment Examination (SAE)?

  • How do I register for the CNE examination?

  • What is the cost of the CNE examination?

  • What credential will I receive?

  • How long is my CNE credential valid?

  • What will I need to do to maintain my Certified Nurse Educator credential?

  • What are the NLN's Core Competencies?

  • What are the qualifying activities for earning certification renewal credits and what documentation is required?

  • Can I voluntarily change the status of my CNE certification?

  • What is the best way to document for my CNE renewal?

  • What counts toward renewal?

  • How do I know if I am being audited?

  • How can I become more involved in the CNE program?

  • Who can be contacted in order to verify if a faculty is certified as a CNE?

  • Should the CNE exam be used as a measurement of program outcome?