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Certification for Nurse Educators

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Nursing Education National League for Nursing - Certification for Nurse Educators

Information for Meeting Recertification

Option A: Credit Requrirements

  • Accrue a minimum of 50 renewal credits (RCs) during each recertification 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 recertification 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

Recertification Forms

Recertification Cycle

Each recertification 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.

Recertification Process

Submit application (includes updated demographic information and verification of meeting requirements of practice and ethics).

Submit fee

Select option to demonstrate competence.

Option A - Credit requirements
  • Do not send supporting documentation with recertification application and activity form. Keep in your files and send if requested.
  • All recertification 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.
Option B - Pass CNE exam
  • Each year, the NLN Certification Program will randomly select a percentage of certificants for a recertification audit.




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