Where can I take the test to renew my NM CNA license?

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asked in Registry by Karen L. Howard
I have had a New Mexico CNA/MA license before. I am trying to figure out where I can just take the test at to renew it. The last place I worked was in Lincoln NE.

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answered by Jennifer

Prometric gives the CNA competency exam in test sites throughout New Mexico. Be sure to include your preferred test site on your application form. A list of current test sites is available here. If you have additional questions or requests for information about the exam process you may contact Prometric at 866-391-1945.

Training will not be required if you are on the New Mexico CNA Registry but your certificate has expired within the past 24 months. Your expiration date must be within the past 24 months at the time you apply and you have to complete testing within six months of applying. When you complete the application you must provide your certificate number.

If you were on the New Mexico CNA Registry but your certificate expired more than 24 months ago and you have been working in a nursing-related field during this time, you may apply to the New Mexico Department of Health at 505-476-9025 to be considered for an “approval letter” to test without retraining. If approved by the NM Department of Health, you will be sent an approval letter. You must send your approval letter, along with your completed application to Prometric and you must complete your testing within six months of the date on your approval letter.

In order to become recertified if you have a New Mexico CNA certificate that expired more than 24 months ago and you have not worked in a nursing-related field in the past 24 months, you must successfully complete a New Mexico state-approved nurse aide training program, then take and pass the competency examination. Your training program director must complete part of the application as proof of your training and you must also provide your previous certificate number. All candidates have 24 months from the date they completed their training program to take and pass both parts of the competency examination.

Upon receipt of your completed application, Prometric will review your eligibility. If you are eligible to take the competency exam, Prometric will mail you an “Authorization to Test Letter”. This letter will include the date, location and time of your test. You must bring this letter and proper identification with you to the test site.