Renewing A CNA Certification

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Hi, I’m Nick and I’m one of the team members here at myCNAjobs. Today we’re going to be talking about how to renew your CNA certification. It’s important to know that each state has their own specific requirements, but we’ll go over general guidelines in this video. CNA certifications usually need to be renewed every two years, and it’s best to start the renewal process at least a month in advance as it can take several weeks before the process is completed.

First, you’ll need to contact your local State Nurse Aide Registry. For some states this may be through the department of health, the board of nursing, department of human services, or others. For a list of State Nurse Aide Registries and their contact information, visit

What are the requirements for CNA renewal? The renewal requirements vary from state to state. For most states it includes a mandated number of Continuing Education Units - or CEUs - as well as ensuring that you’ve worked as a CNA for the minimum amount of hours required by your state. If you don’t meet these minimum requirements for your state, you may have to retake the CNA certification exam.

What happens if you don’t renew your certification? In many states, if you don’t renew your certification before it expires you have to pay an additional late fee. If it’s been expired for a long period of time, you’ll likely have to apply for a new certification and retake the exam to get another CNA certificate.

Keep records of previous employers. It’s important to keep good employment records when working as a CNA. Often times you’ll be asked to verify your employment in order to renew your certification. In the case where you worked for a business that is no longer operating or you’ve lost contact with a supervisor who may have been able to verify, things like old pay stubs or contracts can help prove the hours you’ve worked.

That’s all for this lesson. If you’re looking for a Caregiver or CNA job near you, you can visit Or, if you’d prefer, you can call to speak directly with a recruiter at 773-270-3899.  That’s 773-270-3899- we have CNA and caregiver jobs available across the nation so chances are there’s a job near you.

When working as a CNA or other certified Caregiver such as STNA or CHHA, it’s vitally important to keep your certification up to date. For most states, this means every two years. Without an up to date certification, you may not be able to find work as a certified care worker. In this video, we’ll go over general guidelines for staying up to date with your certification, renewals, and what happens if your certification becomes overdue. For a list of state nurse aide registries and their contact information, visit