In order to begin working as a CNA, ever student of CNA training must take and pass a state exam that includes both a written and skills test. Passing this exam will allow them to obtain their license or certification with the with their state’s Nursing Aid Registry. Only then may they start their career as a CNA.
When it comes to these certifications, many CNAs have a lot of questions that have gone unanswered. Until now, that is. Let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions regarding certifications so you can better understand how to maintain your career after CNA training.
Common CNA Training Certification Questions
Can My CNA Certification Be Transferred?
In short, yes, this license can be transferred to another state by following the state’s reciprocity process. However, in order for the certification transfer to work, your license must be in good standing and cannot be expired. To begin this process, simply contact your current state’s nursing registry to ask for an application. Once the application or reciprocity has been filled out, it must be returned to THAT state’s registry.
How to I Renew My CNA Training License?
In most cases, your state’s nursing registry will send you a notification to renew your license every two years. If you don’t receive this notification, be sure to contact them directly and make sure your current address is on file. In order to renew in most states, you will pay a small fee and fill out an application for renewal. You will also have to prove that you have been employed as a CNA for a certain number of hours during the last two years and that you have met the state’s continued CNA training requirements.
If, for some reason, you have allowed your license to lapse, it can still be renewed if it has been expired for less than five years. Any longer and you will have to take CNA training again.
What if I Didn’t Meet My Continued Education Requirements?
Continued CNA training requirement vary by state, but this education is an important way for the states to know whether or not you are up to date on the latest medical information and CNA training. If you fail to participate in continued CNA training, your license will not be renewed. If after two years you have not taken these continued education classes and have not renewed your license, you will have to start from the beginning once again.
What if I Didn’t Work the Last Two Years?
In most states, you will be required to work for at least eight hours during a two year span in order to renew your license. If you were not able to do so for whatever reason, the consequences will depend on the state you live in and work in. In some states, you will simply need to pay additional fees and fill out more paperwork. In others however, you may have to retake CNA training and the state exam.
CNA training certifications are important documents that allow us to work as CNAs. If you have a question about yours, call or write your state’s nursing registry. They should be able to walk you through the process of applying, renewing, and maintain this important document after CNA training.