Demonstrate your expertise and experience as an EdTech leader with certification from the Consortium for School Networking® (CoSN®).
For K-12 education technology leaders, earning the Certified Education Technology Leader® (CETL®) certification will demonstrate to your staff, superintendent, and other stakeholders that you have mastered the knowledge and skills needed to define the vision for and successfully build 21st-Century learning environments in your education organization.
The CETL® program is the only practice-based certification program available to education technology leaders that bridges technical knowledge, understanding of the educational environment, leadership and vision, and the management of technology and support resources needed to integrate technology across the curriculum to advance student outcomes.
The CETL® program is also a professional development tool that can be used to guide EdTech leaders' study of learning technologies. This certification requires satisfaction of eligibility criteria, the passage of a rigorous multiple-choice exam; adherence to a Code of Conduct; and recertification process every three (3) years.
For information on the CoSN certification programs, please visit https://www.cosn.org/certification, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +1-202-524-8464.
The CETL® Candidate Handbook (accessible at https://www.cosn.org/certification) contains valuable information regarding the certification program’s scope, eligibility requirements, application process, applicable fees, exam content, exam preparatory resources, exam administration logistics, and recertification requirements.
All candidates should carefully review the CETL® Candidate Handbook during the application process and before taking the certification examination.
The CETL® exam is administered in person at Pearson VUE’s global network of brick-and-mortar Exam Centers (with locally compliant social distancing and sanitizing protocols in place), using the Exam Center’s computer equipment and internet connection.
Your Candidate ID # and Client Authorization ID # (as they appear on your Authorization to Test (ATT) Notice) are required to schedule your exam.
How to Apply and Become Eligible for Certification
Before scheduling your exam appointment, you must apply for certification at https://www.cosn.org/certification, be deemed Eligible, and receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) Notice (with your Candidate ID# and Client Authorization ID #) from the CoSN Certification Department.
Your first (given) name and last (family) name as listed on your ATT Notice must EXACTLY MATCH your first name and last name as those appear on a currently valid, government-issued photo identification bearing your signature, which you must present at the exam center; if there are any discrepancies during check-in, the proctor will not allow you to take the exam, you will be considered a “no show,” and you will forfeit your exam fee (i.e., you would need to pay the exam retake fee to reschedule your test). If your name does NOT exactly match, please email the CoSN Certification Department at email@example.com at least ten (10) days prior to your test date.
If you require any special accommodations for testing, complete and submit the Request for Special Examination Accommodations form included in the CETL® Candidate Handbook and submit the completed form with all supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org after submitting your certification application.
Scheduling your Exam
To schedule your exam, please click the “Sign in” button in the sidebar of this webpage. If you are a first-time exam taker with Pearson VUE, you will need to first click on the “Create account” button.
To locate an exam center prior to scheduling your exam appointment, please click on the “Find a test center” link in the sidebar of this webpage.
After scheduling your exam, please review your appointment confirmation email and ensure that you have the correct exam, date, time, first name and last name matching your government ID, and testing location.
Rescheduling or Cancelling Exams
You must contact Pearson VUE or access your online Pearson VUE account (by clicking “Sign in” in the sidebar of this webpage) to reschedule your exam at least 48 hours prior to your appointment. Exams cannot be rescheduled less than 48 hours prior to (that is, within 48 hours of) your appointment. Failure to reschedule in time—or failure to appear for—your appointment will result in the forfeiture of your exam fee. Rescheduled exam appointments must be within your eligibility period; if your eligibility period will expire before your exam is able to be rescheduled, you will need to pay the exam retake fee to schedule your exam for a new eligibility period.
You must contact Pearson VUE or access your online Pearson VUE account to cancel your exam at least 48 hours prior to your appointment. Exams cannot be cancelled less than 48 hours prior to (that is, within 48 hours of) your appointment. Failure to cancel in time or failure to appear for your appointment will result in the forfeiture of your exam fee.
If you have rescheduled or cancelled within 48 hours of your appointment (or did not show up for your exam appointment), you will need to submit another application and pay the exam retake fee to reschedule your exam. Candidates applying to retake the exam will receive an updated eligibility determination from the CoSN Certification Department and (if deemed Eligible) a new ATT Notice with a new Client Authorization ID#.
What to Bring to the Exam Appointment
We ask that you arrive at the test center 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This will give you adequate time to complete the necessary sign-in procedures. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, you may be refused admission, and the exam fees will be forfeited.
You will be required to present one form of original (no photocopies), currently valid (unexpired), government-issued ID that includes your name, photograph, and signature. The first and last name that you used to register must match exactly the first and last name on the ID that is presented on test day; if there is a difference between your first and last name as they appear on your ATT Notice and as they appear on the ID that you will present on test day, please contact the CoSN Certification Department immediately at email@example.com.
All IDs required must be issued by the country in which you are testing; alternatively, if you do not have a qualifying ID issued from the country in which you are testing, an International Travel Passport from your country of citizenship is required. If possible, please bring a second government identification (that matches the same requirements as the primary ID) to your exam appointment, in case there is an issue with your primary identification.
If you have any questions or concerns about the ID you are required to bring with you to the testing center for admittance to your exam, please contact Pearson VUE customer service at https://home.pearsonvue.com/Test-takers/Customer-service.aspx. To view the full ID policy, including any additional allowances to this policy, please visit http://www.pearsonvue.com/policies/1.pdf.
No personal items may be taken into the testing room. This includes but is not limited to all bags, books not authorized by the sponsor, notes, phones, pagers, watches, and wallets.
No breaks, food, or beverages are allowed during the exam.
All personal items other than the identification document must be locked in a locker (at the Exam Center) and outside of the testing area, for exam security purposes.
For a detailed description of examination rules, please reference the Candidate Handbook for the certification program for which you are applying.
Important Exam Day Reminders
Pearson VUE is unable to provide a completely noise-free or otherwise distractionless environment. Consider bringing your own soft ear plugs or use the Exam Center-provided head phones. By scheduling your exam appointment, you assume the risk of any distractions from or interruptions to your exam administration and waive the liability of Pearson VUE’s, CoSN’s, and their respective contractors, agents, and representatives for any such negative impacts to your exam experience or results.
By scheduling your exam, you are assuming the risk of and waiving CoSN’s, Metacred’s, and Pearson VUE’s (and their respective contractors’) liability for any harm or damages that you may suffer as a result of or in any way related to your exam administration, including without limitation acquiring the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
No breaks are allowed during the exam, and no food or beverages may be consumed during the exam. Please be prepared to take the entire exam without breaks, eating, or drinking.
Candidates will receive exam results upon completing the exam—except beta exam candidates, who will receive results after the beta period concludes and the cut score (passing point) is set. If you have not received your scores within forty-five (45) days after taking the exam, please notify the CoSN Certification Department by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.