In today’s competitive and cut-throat job market, a nurse aide certification may distinguish you from the long list of applicants. CNA certification in Florida is regulated by the Florida Department of Health that aims to safeguard the health of the residents of the state. You ought to complete requisite program hours and pass the CNA exam in order to get certified.
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1. By Examination
Aspirants must meet the following requirements to obtain nurse assistant license by examination:
Note: If you are unable to pass the nursing assistant competency examination in 3 attempts, you will not be able to take the exam until you complete a recognized nursing program program.
2. By Reciprocity
The requirements for CNA certification by reciprocity are as follows:
Follow the below-given procedure to get a CNA license in FL:
Step 1: Complete the examination application using any one of the following methods:
If you are testing by the in-Facility option, then send this application along with the essential documents to your program coordinator.
If you are testing at a regional test site, then you need to send this application along with the requisite fees and documents to the following address:
Attn: Florida Nursing Assistant Testing Program
7941 Corporate Drive,
Nottingham, Maryland 21236
Step 2: After receiving your application, a “fingerprint authorization” letter will be sent by the Prometric.
Step 3: Next, schedule an appointment for electronic fingerprint. You can print the Electronic Fingerprint Form using the following link:
Step 4: Upon submission of all the required documents, it will be analyzed by the application specialist. You may be required to submit additional information if requested by the specialist.
Step 5: On the basis of the background screening, the details of the applicant’s eligibility are given to the Prometric.
Step 6: If you are eligible to give the exam, Prometric will send you the “admission ticket” for testing.
Step 7: Appear for the test. After passing both the exams, you will be placed on the Florida Nursing Assistant Registry within a period of 14 days.
The step-by-step procedure to obtain nursing aide license in Florida is as follows:
Step 1: Complete the reciprocity application online at:
If you already have an account on the Board’s site, then use the following link:
Steps 2 to 4 are same as mentioned above in the examination process.
Step 5: The Board will verify from the state or jurisdiction where you currently hold your license.
Step 6: If the verification process is not completed by the Board, then a license verification form will be sent to you, which must be completed by your jurisdiction where you are currently licensed.
Step 7: If you meet all the requirements, you will be placed on the Florida Nursing Assistant Registry.
All the applicants who are holding a CNA licensure in FL need to renew their license biennially, to continue their practice in the state. To renew the license, you need to carry out services related to nursing for monetary compensation within the past 2 successive years.
All licensees are required to complete at least 12 hours of in-service program every calendar year. These program hours must include the following areas (not restricted):
It may take 2 to 3 weeks to renew the license. You may speed up the renewal process by contacting the Board to confirm the status of your license or the receipt of fees.
To verify your license, click on the following link:
You will be required to enter the following details to complete the verification process:
After the submission of your application online, you can check the status of your license within 24 hours. And for paper application, a minimum of 7 business days are required after the date you submitted your application.
You can check the status of your application using the below link:
This link will be useful only when you have applied through prometric, i.e., by examination method.
You will need to enter the following details:
To change your name in the Florida Nursing Assistant Registry, you need to submit a request that must include your full name as mentioned on your license, license number, profession, your new name, date of birth, last four digits of your social security number, and your signature.
You must attach any one of the following supporting documents:
Any of these documents can be accepted if they are authentic.
Mail your request, supporting documents and $25.00 fee to:
Department of Health
Bureau of Operations, Licensure Support Services
4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C 10
Tallahassee, Florida 32314-6320
Fax: (850) 245-4791
Note: If you want a name change and prefer renewing your license online, mail the name change request before you renew online. The whole process will take 5 to 7 business days.
Question 1 – How can I change my CNA application route?
Answer – In order to change your CNA application route, you will be required to submit a written request along with your original signature. You must submit this application to the following address:
4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C 13
Tallahassee, Florida 32329
Question 2 – I have lost my CNA license. How can I order a duplicate license?
Answer – If your license is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can request a duplicate license by visiting the link: www.flhealthsource.gov
You will be required to submit a fee of $25 and the license will be received in 2-3 weeks.
Question 3 – What will happen if I am unable to renew my CNA license by the expiration date?
Answer – If your license expires, you will not be able to continue practicing in the state until you renew it again. To renew your license after it is expired, you have to meet the in-service program and employment requirements, pay a delinquency and renewal fee. If you do not renew your license for next 2 years of your license’s expiration date, your certificate will be considered null and void; hence you will be required to take the CNA examination again.