Taking the CETL® Exam

There are two parts to the exam: Part I is a multiple-choice exam administered at proctored test sites (please contact CoSN for information on hosting an exam). 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.

In order to sit for the CETL exam, you are not required to attend an official exam administration. All you need is a computer and a CoSN approved proctor.

Upcoming Exams - New dates added! 

Registration closes 2 days prior to each exam.

Eligibility Requirements

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, 1025 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 1010, 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.

Online Learning Platform Pricing Schedule

Take advantage of our bulk rate purchasing program to save money on CETL materials for your whole team. Bulk rates are not available for purchase online; please contact us if you are interested.

Exam Preparation Materials, Per Person

Quantity Member Non-Member
1 $349 $549
2–4 $315 (10% off) $495 (10% off)
5–10 $295 (15% off) $469 (15% off)
11+ $259 (25% off) $415 (25% off)








Exam Fees

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

Exam Preparation Materials + Exam

Bundle, Per Person

Quantity Member Non-Member
1 $648 $1,048
2–4 $614 $994
5–10 $594 $968
11+ $558 $914