What do I need to do to be able to work as a CNA again?

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asked in License by Stacey
I worked as a CNA for 7+ years, but since the birth of my daughter 3 years ago, I haven't been employed. Also, I was certified in Georgia, and have moved to Virginia.

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answered by Joy

Because you have not worked as a nursing assistant in the last two years since your last renewal, your certification in Georgia is no longer active. Since your Georgia CNA certification is no longer active, you may not apply for endorsement in Virginia.

You have two options available. The first option is to retake the CNA exam in Georgia, become certified, and apply for endorsement in Virginia. Once your endorsement application is approved, you will obtain certification in Virginia without having to retrain or retake the test in this state.

The second option is to retrain and retest in Virginia. With your previous experience it should not be hard to find a free program in Virginia, typically offered by nursing homes in need of additional staff. As soon as you complete the training, you may challenge the Virginia CNA exam. Passing the test will result in obtaining state certification and placement on the Virginia nurse aide registry.

If you decide to pursue the first option and recertify in Georgia, you need to contact them via the Interactive Voice Response System to obtain the list of State Approved Test Sites at (678) 527-3010 (local) or (800) 414-4358. The Virginia endorsement application and instructions is now available online.