How to Renew Your CNA Certification
Have you been working as a CNA, but you are now wondering when you need to renew your certification? Are you unsure about what you need to do to renew a certification? If so, we can help. The information described below can help you figure when you will need to renew your CNA certification and how to go about the process.
Find Out When You Need to Renew - The renewal requirements for CNA certifications may vary slightly from one state to another. For example, while some states need CNAs to renew their certifications every year, others need renewals every two years. At any rate, most states will send you a renewal notice in the mail before your certification's expiration date.
Check with Your State's Nurse Aide Registry - If you do not receive a notice 10 months after your first certification, you can check with your state's Nurse Aide Registry to find out when you need to renew. You should also check with the registry periodically to make sure that it has your current address on record. In this way, you can avoid any lapses in your certification.
Complete Your State's Requirements - A few states require you to complete ten to twelve hours of continuing education to renew your certification. If this is the case, you will also need to provide proof that you completed these credits. You will also need to actively work as a CNA and/or complete a set amount of paid employment before your renewal. Finally, you will need to provide proof of current CPR certification upon renewal.
Submit Your Information and Payment - You should receive your renewal notice about two months before your expiration date. If you cannot go to the registry's office to renew, you can easily renew your certification online. However, you will need a credit or debit card to pay the current renewal fee, which is typically about half of the initial certification fee. Payment of your renewal fee to the registry and submission of the information in step three will renew your CNA certification in your state.
Finally, when you take your CNA exam, you will need to pay a fee. This fee covers your exam and certification for the state where you will be working. You can find out what the current fee is by contacting your state's Nurse Aide Registry or local Department of Health.
Certified nursing assistants enjoy job stability and comfortable salaries. They also benefit greatly by making positive impacts on their patients' lives. If you are thinking about beginning a CNA program, you will want to look over the requirements listed above to determine whether or not this is the career for you.