CNA Recertification Requirements

CNA Recertification is the procedure to renew a person’s nursing assistant certification. No matter which state you are in, you have to do this every two years before the end of your birth month.

Requirements for Re-certification

In order to be re-certified, you have to have worked at least 150 hours during the past two years. You should check with the state you will be working in, as that number differs from state to state. Check with the state board. That is the place that makes sure CNA’s are current their field. However, if you have been out of the field for longer than two years, there may be requirements you need to follow.

You also must have documentation showing you are a citizen of the United States and are eligible to work in the country. This type of documentation is required in most working boards. You also have to admit whether or not you have ever committed a felony and been convicted to a state board of nursing. If you fail to do so, this will lead to you being immediately taken off the nursing register.

CNA Recertification Application

When you fill out the re-certification application, put your personal information in the first section of the form. The employer fills out the second section. While this is simple if you already have a job, if you have been out of work you must go to your last employer whom you worked at least 150 hours for in the past two years and get them to fill it out.

Upon completion of the form, it must be mailed to the state board. It will take about two weeks for the renewal process to be finished.

CAN who hasn’t worked in two years or more

If you haven’t worked in two years, things can get a little difficult and are handled differently from state to state. Some states will make you do your CAN training over again. That means you must return to school to get at least 100 or more hours of nurse aide training and then retake the CNA certification test.

This could be a costly experience, so that’s why you need to make sure you work the required hours even if you have to do it by working part time so you will continue to meet those requirements.

Some states don’t require you to go back to school, and merely want you to retake the CNA test. If so, you just have to study up on the topics and take the test. You will also have to pay whatever the state charges to take the test.



I have been a CNA in the state of California since 1995. One of my passions in life is to help people and help others who want to expand their careers and become CNAs.

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2 Responses

  1. Cora Barnes says:

    I had New Jersey State CNA but i did not recertify . Because at the time I was taking care of my son with cancer. But since then i been working as a Home Health Aide and work more than 150 hours. doing long caare and short term. Even patient that requring feedind tube, hoya lifts, feeding, running errands, giving meds, bathing, showers, housekeeping,cooking for them. How do I go by getting them back.

  2. Kathleen Schink says:

    I had a New Mexico cna certificate and then certified as a Nursing Tech in 2007. I have been working the last 2 years as a homehealth aide and want to recertify my nursing tech and cna. How do I go about recertifying either or both?

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