Every applicant who clears the CNA certification exam is issued a license which is valid for two years in most states; in some states it is valid for one year.
A certified nursing assistant should keep a track of the deadlines and get the license renewed. This process of renewal of the CNA license is CNA recertification.
Recertification / Renewal of CNA Certificate
CNA Recertification Requirements
- Ideally the time required for the process of recertification of a CNA certificate to be applied for is two years in most of the states and it has to be done before the last date of the assistant’s birth month. However there are a few differences in this from state to state, though they almost center around two years and this information can easily be collected from the state board of nursing. Crossing this required time frame might result in the person being fined with a sum of money. While at other times, the nursing assistant might require to go through the entire process of essential training as well as the educational part of it all over again if they expect to retain their CNA certificate. This might be a headache of sorts since a little extra caution on the part of the person would have made him or her avoid going through this pain. And this might also be a cause behind many a CNA dropping out of this profession completely for life. This is unfortunate considering the noble intention behind the profession, one in which the need of others is put before one’s own.
- Another CNA Recertification requirement is the duration the CNA has actually put in, in terms of being on the job in a span of the last two years. In this the case with most of the states is that they need a minimum working hours of 150-160 within the previous 24 months. Failure on the part of the nursing assistant to meet this vital criterion might make him or her go through all the above mentioned unpleasant situations. Having to go through the entire process of training all over again would also mean extra expenditure. Hence, what a nursing assistant can do is to work even if it is for part time for a period of two years and somehow make sure that the required number of hours to apply for the process of CNA Recertification has been met. A few such CNAs might just get lucky by being under a state board which does not have stringent methods for the same, and they might just do away with appearing for the test of CNA certification.
- The other important requirement for applying for the process of CNA Recertification is that there has to be a valid document proving that the nursing assistant is a citizen of the United States of America and is in a position to work in the country. The method to submit this type of a document is a necessity with almost all the state boards.
- If a nursing assistant is found guilty of a kind of serious crime and is further found not to have reported that to the state board of nursing, there is every chance that his or her name would be stricken off from the register of the board.