Option A: Credit Requirements
- Accrue a minimum of 50 renewal credits (RCs) during each renewal cycle.
- Renewal credit refers to "organized professional activities which are indicators of continued professional development as a nurse educator."
- Activities must be related to at least five of the NLN's Nurse Educator Core Competencies.
- Credits are earned only for participation in activities during the current renewal cycle.
- Qualifying activities will be distributed across the five-year period.
Option B: CNE Exam
- Register and pass the Certified Nurse Educator exam before the certification expiration date.
- How to register
Each renewal cycle is a five-year period. The certification period begins on the day the CNE receives her/his official passing test score and ends on the last day of the fifth year. An expiration date is located on each CNE certificate.
The grace period for a renewal will extend to January 30 of the year following expiration.
- Submit application (includes updated demographic information and verification of meeting requirements of practice and ethics) by email to CNERenewal@nln.org.
- Submit fee.
- Select option to demonstrate competence.
Option A - Credit requirements
- Do not send supporting documentation with renewal application and activity form. Keep in your files and send if requested.
- All renewal activities submitted for renewal credit are subject to review and approval by the ANECP.
- Credit may be denied by the ANECP.
- It is the responsibility of the CNE to maintain certification.
- Each year, the NLN Certification Program will randomly select a percentage of certificants for a renewal audit.
Option B - Pass CNE exam