How to Renew Your CNA Certification

How to Renew Your CNA Certification

Have you been working as a Certified Nursing Assistant/Nurse Aide (CNA) for some time, but are only now wondering when you will need to renew your certification? Are you unsure as to what you need to do to renew the certification? If you answered "yes" to the questions, the information described below will help.

1. Find Out When You Need to Renew

States require CNA certificate/license renewals every two years. Most states will send you a renewal notice prior to your certification's expiration date.

2. Check With Your State’s Nurse Aide Registry

You should check with your state's Nurse Aide Registry to find out when you will need to renew. You should also check with the registry periodically to make sure that it has your current address on record. This way, you can avoid any lapses in your certification.

3. Fulfill Your State’s Requirements

A few states require you to complete 10 to 12 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. Some states also require you to be actively employed as a CNA and/or complete a set amount of paid employment hours prior to renewal.

4. 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.

If you are a Certified Nursing Assistant/Nurse Aide and need to renew your certification, the information described above will help. Renewing your certification is quite simple and can typically be done online in just a matter of minutes. However, you will want to check with your state's Nurse Aide Registry to find out if you need to fulfill any continuing education requirement.

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