Are you a Certified Nurse Aide/Nursing Assistant (CNA) who wants to move to another state? Are you unsure of how to transfer your CNA certification to your new location? If you do not know how to go about transferring your CNA certification to the state you are relocating to, read on to find out just exactly what you will need to do.
1. Check for Reciprocity Arrangements
Some states have what is known as reciprocity arrangements with other states. What this means is that they will accept certifications from other states and will not require you to take their CNA Exam. You can check whether or not your new state accepts your current/soon-to-be former/previous state’s certification by contacting its, the new state’s, Nurse Aide Registry.
2. Provide the Required Paperwork
Even if your new state has a reciprocity arrangement with your previous or soon-to-be previous state, you will need to submit some required paperwork to the new state’s Nurse Aide Registry to begin working in the new state as a CNA. This includes such information as your social security number, proof of employment, proof of training, and a criminal background check.
3. Re-Take the CNA Exam
If the state you are moving to does not have a reciprocity arrangement with your previous or soon-to-be previous state, you will need to re-take the new state’s CNA Nurse Aide Exam. In some cases, you will need to complete additional continuing education courses as well. Again, you can find out about your new state's requirements by contacting its Nurse Aide Registry.
4. Obtain Certification in Your New State
After you have successfully finished re-taking the CNA exam, your name will be added to your new state's Nurse Aide Registry. At this point, you can obtain employment in your new location. You might still need to provide the new state’s registry with your former or soon-to-be former state's CNA certification number.
Transferring your CNA certification is quite simple, as in most cases, states have reciprocity arrangements with each other. Nevertheless, even if your new location does not have this arrangement with your former or soon-to-be former state, you can transfer your certification by following the step 3 above.