How to Verify Your CNA Certification
Have you completed your Certified Nursing Assistant/Aide (CNA) training and sat for your state’s CNA exam, and want to verify that your name has been added to your state's Nurse Aide Registry? Have you been working as a CNA for some time, but are not sure when you will need to renew your certification? If you answered “yes” to either of the questions, the following information will be of help.
Verifying your CNA certification is quite simple and involves the following steps:
1. Locate Your Nurse Aide Registry's Contact Information
The first thing you need to do to verify your CNA certification is locate your state's Nurse Aide Registry's contact information. You can easily do this online by visiting the National Nurse Aide Registry’s website and typing the name of your state into their search feature. This will give you the web address, phone number, and physical address for your state's registry.
2. Contact Your Local Nurse Aide Registry
After you find the contact information for your state's Nurse Aide Registry, check online to see if they allow online verification of CNA certifications. In many cases, you can check the status of your certification online. However, you will need your CNA certification number and date of issuance.
3. Visit Your Local Registry
If your state does not offer an online verification process, you will need to visit your state's Nurse Aide Registry in person. When visiting your registry, make sure that you bring your CNA certification number, date of issuance, and a picture ID with you.
4. Pay the Current Verification Fee
You will need to pay a small fee to verify your CNA certification with the registry. While this amount varies from one state to another, you can find out the current cost by checking online or phoning your state's Nurse Aide Registry.
5. Request a Copy of Your Certificate
When verifying your CNA certification, you can also request a copy of your CNA certificate. Make sure that the registry has your current address before making this request. If you wish, you can have the certificate sent to your email. However, keep in mind that a paper copy will have an original seal while a certificate sent to your email will not.
It should be noted that even if you do not need to verify your CNA certification, it is a good idea to do so periodically, as this way, you can check whether your information with your state’s Nurse Aide Registry is current or not. It is important that your Nurse Aide Registry has your current address(es) to e/mail your renewal information to you.