California Nurse Aide Registry

California Nurse Aide Registry
California Department of Public Health, Licensing and Certification Program, Aide and Technician Certification Section
MS 3301, P.O. Box 997416, Sacramento, CA 95899
Phone: (916) 327-2445
Request for Name/Address Change and/or Duplicate for CNA/HHA/CHT Certificate

Are you a graduate of a nurse aide class who has not yet taken the state CNA examination? If the answer is yes, then you should know that the state of California does no longer require a fee in order to receive your nurse assistant certification. In addition, the state of California has removed all fees required for renewing certificates due to delinquency, reciprocity, or reactivations. Having a nurse aide certificate in delinquent status means that a nurse aide certificate has been expired for more than thirty days. A nurse aide with a CNA certificate that has expired for more than two years, must go through a CNA training class in order to become re-certified in California. In order to renew a CNA certificate every two years, a nurse aide must complete forty eight hours of in-service training. These in-service training hours are provided by your employer and not only refresh your current knowledge but also enhance your skills as a nursing assistant.

CNA Registries in the United States

Select an area from the map below to find addresses and phone numbers for Nurse Aide Registries in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia as well as links to online nursing assistant registries if available.

Nursing Assistant Registries

Should you know about your state's nursing assistant registry? Absolutely. A state's nurse aide registry serves important functions for any certified nursing assistant as well as for those looking to become certified. An individual who has finished a nursing assistant training program and has passed the state competency exam becomes listed on the CNA registry. Employers check the registry listings to confirm that a potential employee satisfies the training and testing requirements to obtain a nursing assistant job. To work as a certified nursing assistant, your status on the CNA registry must be active, without any charges of resident abuse, neglect, or misappropriation. It is important to update your name and address on the registry. By doing so, your information is current and you are able to receive important documents sent by the registry.

For example, renewal forms are mailed to the address you have provided to the registry. You will not receive the certification renewal forms unless your address on the registry is accurate. One of the most frequent questions we get is how to get a copy of a CNA certificate. The nurse aide registry is in charge of issuing a duplicate of your nurse aide certificate and to obtain a copy you need to contact them. A nursing assistant certificate is typically reprinted when the original has been lost, accidentally destroyed, stolen, or when the individual has changed their name. The nurse aide registry is also the entity in charge of revoking a nursing assistant's certification in cases of neglect, abuse, or misappropriation of a client's property. In such cases, an individual's name is permanently listed on the registry along with the specific findings.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Ashley P. on July 15, 2014 at 11:32 AM
What is the typical salary of a certified nursing assistant in California?

Edna S. on September 12, 2014 at 09:15 AM
I have been working for one year as a CNA at a skilled nursing facility in San Francisco, California. I make a little over $29,000 at my current CNA job.

How can I transfer my CNA certificate from Arkansas to California?

Can I take the the CNA exam in California without CNA training if I am a nursing student?

How can I transfer my California nursing assistant license to New Jersey?

Can you tell me what the total cost of school would be and if grants are available for the CNA training course at Advanced Pro Nursing Institute in Hayward, California?

How can I verify if my California CNA certification is still valid?

CNA Resources

Being a Successful C.N.A

Besides knowledge and proficiency there are many qualities which define a competent CNA. Our list includes the answers of residents, families, and those of experienced nurse aides who have been in the health care field for an extended period of time. Most of the qualities listed below represent the reasons and motivational factors driving new individuals to become certified nurse aides.

A competent CNA shows support for others, as well as patience, compassion and empathy. To become a good nursing assistant one needs to understand the meaning of being a team player. An effective nursing assistant learns to become a good listener who cares about and understands the needs of the residents, has a helping nature and a positive attitude. Both patients and co-workers appreciate a smile, an upbeat personality, as well as someone who takes pride in their work. A nurse aide job requires good organizational skills, patience, good judgment, and effective communication.

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Nurse Aide Registries

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