We have listened to your questions and frustrations, especially about how difficult it is to renew your license. Most of you are women . . . and the head of your household. (Wow, so proud!)
But this also means that your time is 99% dedicated to work and family, and any requirement to give time outside of your two main priorities piles on your stress and create loss of income; and you often tell us that you’re already at the bottom of the pay scale.
We understand the complicated rules that you have to follow — it takes an average of 2-3 months to renew your license (10x longer than RNs and LVNs).
Also, there’s a lack of support to call and ask your most common questions, especially tackling CDPH forms you do not understand. (E.g., What? I missed my first year? Why is calculating my 1st and 2nd year so complicated?)
So, we created this page for referrals. We hope that it will help you in your difficult journey.
As a California CNA, you will need a total of 48 hours of continuing education to renew your license.
CNA certificates must be renewed every two (2) years. You may renew your certificate any time within two (2) years after the expiration date of your certificate.
Please bring ALL your paperwork from your work & the board if you registered for LIVE or CLASSROOM Course.
UNDERSTANDING THE CERTIFICATION PERIOD:
The initial CNA/HHA certificate is issued for two birthdays, not two
calendar years, and will expire on your birthday. Each year of the certification period will be from one birthday to the following birthday. Any additional time from the effective date until the first birthday will be counted towards the first year of the certification period.
Effective Date – 03/20/18
Expiration Date – 05/15/20
Birthday – 05/15/XX
First year of certification period – 03/20/18 – 05/15/19
Second year of certification period – 05/16/19 – 05/15/20
From the expiration date on, it will expire every two years
Next certification period
First year of certification period – 05/15/20 – 05/15/21
Second year of the certification period – 05/16/21 – 05/15/22
For the 24 Live Classroom hours — *** Half (12 hours) of the 24 need to be completed in first year and other half in the second year i.e.: If your expiration year is 2016 — you need to have attended an inservice or ceu classroom activity 12 hours in 2014 and another 12 hours in 2015
Creativeresol-ve Healthcare Ed has been approved by the California Board of Nursing CEP# 15273 for continuing education for CNAs and HHAs.
If your license is expiring soon — please register for an Online or Live Classroom course ASAP
If you have less than 48 HOURS
Educate Simplify Live Classroom Courses are available for up to 24 hours – SEE ABOVE
Educate Simplify Live Classroom Courses will provide you with instant certificate – SEE ABOVE
Do you need to print out RENEWAL Application Documents?
Click on our “Owlie” picture and go to the “If you’re a CNA in California …..”
What the CDPH or “The Board” says you need: *** For CNAs who let their license expire or Lapse — you need to be re-tested again
A) CNA RENEWALS
Must obtain forty-eight (48) hours of In-Service Training/CEUs within the certification period.
A minimum of twelve (12) of the forty-eight (48) hours shall be completed in each year of the two (2) year certification period.
A maximum of twenty-four (24) of the forty-eight (48) hours may be obtained only through a CDPH-approved online computer training program listed on our website.
Online CEU certificates must be attached to this form for validation.
Please visit www.cdph.ca.gov for a complete listing of CDPH-approved classroom and online co mputer CEU providers.
If the CDPH-approved HHA Training Program (40-hour program) was completed during the certification period, twenty-six (26) hours of the forty (40-hour) training program may count towards CEUs. Training less than 50 mintues increments cannot be counted towards the CEU/In-Service training renewal requirement.
B) HHA RENEWALS
Must obtain twenty-four (24) hours of In-Service Training/CEUs within the certification period. Twelve (12) of the twenty-four (24) hours are required in each year of the two (2) year certification period (HHAs may not use online CEUS to meet the renewal requirement).
C) CNA REACTIVATION 1) If you are unable to meet renewal requirements and your certificate has not been expired for more than two (2) years, you may reactivate the certificate by taking the Competency Evaluation. To reactivate the CNA certificate, please submit this completed Renewal Application (CDPH 283 C), making sure to check the “yes” box for question number six (6) in the “Reactivation” section. If approved, a Competency Evaluation approval letter will be sent to you, along with information needed to schedule the examination. You must complete the examination within two (2) years from your certificates expiration date. Once you have successfully passed the examination, maintained criminal record clearance, and the results from the testing vendor have been received, CDPH will issue a current CNA certificate.
NEW D)CONTINUING EDUCATION
CEUs must be obtained only through a CDPH-approved provider with a
valid NAC#. Courses taken for credit must enhance the knowledge and skills of the CNA/HHA and enhance the skills in the employer-based healthcare settings.
E) CONTINUING IN-SERVICE TRAINING/CEUS
1) This training must be provided by a department-approved provider that is a health facility where the CNA/HHA has been employed within the most recent certification period.
CNA/HHA certificate holders will receive In- Service Training/CEUs for completion of these courses by converting the units into hours as follows: one (1) semester unit = fifteen (15) hours, one (1) quarter unit = ten (10) hours. You must submit a copy of your school transcript to verify your enrollment and completion of this coursework.