CETL Exam Administration

The CETL program is the only practice-based certification program available in the education technology industry that bridges technical knowledge, understanding of the educational environment, and the management and leadership skills needed to integrate technology across the curriculum to advance student outcomes.  This certification requires passage of two exams, a standardized multiple-choice exam and an essay-based exam; adherance to a Code of Conduct; and a recertification process every three (3) years.

Part I of the CETL exam will be administered via a proctored exam setting in Portland, OR at a site near the Conference.  This is a BYOD event and a Windows-based operating system is required to test.  Candidates have the option of two time slots  8:30AM and 12:00PM.  Candidates are given two (2) hours to take the exam.  Upon registering to test at the CoSN Conference, candidates will be sent a link to the online application for completion and approval  Approved candidates will be provided with exact testing location details.  

Candidates who are successful on Part I at the CoSN Conference will be sent the Part II essay exam within 3-5 business days.  A passing score on both Part I and Part II are required to earn the CETL designation.  For complete details, please review the CETL Candidate Handbook.  

In order to qualify to take the CETL exam, 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. If candidates do not meet the minimum education requirements, they may request a waiver of the education requirement if they have at least seven years of demonstrable experience. Additional information on this process is here.


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