Your nurse aide certification is considered lapsed if you have not worked for pay as a New York State nurse aide in the last 24 months at a NYS nursing home or other approved facility. If you have not worked for pay for a minimum of seven hours during the previous 24 consecutive months, or your health care employer is not approved by the New York State Department of Health, your certificate cannot be renewed. You will be required to either retest or retrain and retest in order to regain your certification.
If your certification is currently lapsed and you successfully completed a New York state-approved nursing home nurse aide training program on or after July 1, 1989, you must complete and submit the application form found here, along with the appropriate fees. You have to provide your NYS certification number on your application form and if you are employed in New York State as a nurse aide in a nursing home, your employer must complete section 2 of the application form.
You must also pass the clinical skills exam and the written or oral exam within two years of submitting your application. You will have three attempts to pass the clinical skills exam and three attempts to pass the written or oral exam within two years.
If your nurse aide certification is currently lapsed and was obtained through deeming, waiving, reciprocity, or if you completed training before July 1, 1989 you must also complete retraining and your training program coordinator must complete section 3 of the application form.
When you meet all the requirements and are determined eligible for renewal, a new certificate and wallet card showing your new expiration date will be mailed to you and the NYS Nurse Aide Registry will be updated with your current information. Your new expiration date will be the last day of the month that is 24 months from either the date your recertification form is processed by the registry or the date you last worked as a nurse aide for a NYS-approved nurse aide employer, whichever is earlier.