Taking the CETL® Exam

There are several steps to becoming a Certifed Education Technology Leader (CETL).  

Step 1: Apply to become a CETL by completing an application process.  This is a new step, effective October 1, 2017, for all new candidates.  You will be sent a link to the application form after purchasing your exam below.

Step 2: Take Part I of the CETL exam.  Part I is a multiple-choice exam largely administered at secure testing centers through the Prometric testing network.  Occassionally, group exams for the multiple-choice exam are offered at large events, such as conferences. 

Step 3: Upon successfully passing the Part I multiple-choice exam, candidates take Park II.  Part II is essay based; this is not proctored and may be completed using your own computer (submission instructions and the deadline will be provided via email). Essays are graded by a panel of trained subject matter experts.

Email us or call 202-524-8464 for any inquiries.

CETL exams are administered via the Prometric network of testing centers.  Occasionally, testing is offered at group events, such as conferences.  To find the Prometric testing center nearest you, click here.  

For complete program details and policies, please download our Candidate Handbook.

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Eligibility Requirements

Effective October 1, 2017, all applicants must complete an application process to be determined eligible to sit for the CETL exam.   A link to the application is sent to candidates upon purchasing the exam registartion.
Candidates must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree plus four years of education technology experience. Education technology experience is defined as demonstrable experience in the three overarching skill areas of the Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO:
  • Leadership and Vision
  • Understanding the Educational Environment
  • Managing Technology and Support Resources

If candidates do not meet the minimum education requirements, they must have at least seven years of demonstrable experience. Additional consideration will be given based on professional development and certifications. To be deemed eligible using these criteria, candidates must appeal in writing to the Certification Governance Committee (CGC) with an explanation of their experience. Send this appeal to: Certification Governance Committee, Consortium for School Networking, 1325 G Street NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005. A pdf of the signed appeal may also be emailed to certification@cosn.org.

All those seeking or holding the CETL designation must agree to abide by CoSN’s CETL Candidate and Certificant Code of Conduct and Terms of Confidentiality. Feel free to contact the certification team with any questions about the certification program, or simply refer to the CETL Handbook.


Exam Fees, Per Person

Member Exam Fee $299
Non-Member Exam Fee $499
Retake Fee, Each Section $200

Preparing for the Exam


A series of live and in person training options are available to support your successful pursut of the CETL. Review your options to enroll in the CETL Foundation Course.