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Licensing and Certification


REGISTERED NURSES with California Licenses.

Classification: Health Facilities Evaluator Nurses (HFEN), please contact the District Office in your area for details.

Annual salaries range between

$64,080 and $83,412 (list of benefits below)

Supervisor and manager positions also available.

California Department of Public Health, Center for Health Care Quality, Licensing and Certification Program is currently hiring registered nurses throughout the state. Positions exist at 14 District Offices.



State employment requires all applicants to complete the following steps:

  1. Set up an account for CalCareer on the Official California State Jobs website. 
  2. Pass the eligibility examination for Health Facilities Evaluator Nurse.
  3. Apply for vacant jobs using the Standard State Application (678) form, which is submitted electronically via your CalCareer account. 

Get started Now Online! 

  1. Examination Bulletin for Health Facilities Evaluator Nurse (HFEN). Exam ID: 6PB64.
  2. Read the examination bulletin.
  3. To access the exam, click on the link located in the center of the bulletin page under “Where to Apply: Official Exam Bulletin”.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the Official Exam Bulletin page for the exam access link.
  5. Applicants will be required to sign into their CalCareer account at www.jobs.ca.gov before beginning the exam.  Applicants without an account will need to create one at this time to proceed.
  6. Exam results will be available immediately upon completion of exam.
  7. Applicants with passing exam results may begin to search and apply for vacant Heath Facilities Evaluator Nurse jobs within the state using the Standard State Application (678).
  8. State Standard Application (678) is required to be used when applying for state jobs. 
  9. Search and Apply for Jobs using the Job title: HEALTH FACILITIES EVALUATOR NURSE

All links above redirect to the Official California State website at www.jobs.ca.gov.  QUESTIONS? Please e-mail our friendly personnel liaison at: CDPHPLURecruitment@cdph.ca.gov, or call (916) 322-9905.

Function of Position

In the Licensing & Certification (L&C) program, Health Facilities Evaluator Nurses (HFENs) perform a rewarding and valuable public service to promote and protect the quality of healthcare provided to Californians of all ages. HFENs conduct complaint investigations and in-depth surveys of health facilities to determine compliance with state licensing and federal certification requirements of the Medicare and Medi-Cal programs. Primary responsibility is for enforcement of State and Federal laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to areas affecting total patient care such as nursing, physician, restorative, pharmacy, social, dental, and related services. The HFENs may act as team leaders and assist in the training of new staff.

Minimum Qualifications - Experience and Education
  • Possession of the legal requirements to practice as a professional registered nurse in the State of California (possess a current, valid registered nurse license) and
  • One year of professional nursing experience (e.g. general experience) and
  • Six months of administrative responsibility requiring definition and implementation of operational program policy for maintenance of nursing care standards (professional supervisory experience over other nurses and
  • Possession of a Master’s degree in a health related field (i.e., microbiology, laboratory technology, nursing, physical therapy, psychology, medical social work) may substitute for the one year of required nursing experience.
  • A Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing may substitute for the six months of administrative experience
  • Benefits
  • Flexible Work Hours
  • Sick and Vacation/Annual Leave monthly
  • 12 Paid Holidays and 2 Professional Development Days Each Year
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance for you and your dependents
  • Flexible Reimbursement Accounts for Dependents Care and Medical Expenses
  • Retirement (CalPERS)
  • 457/401K-Deferred Compensation Plans
  • 32 hours Paid Educational Leave
  • Education & Training Opportunities
  • Reimbursement for Professional License Renewal
  • For additional benefits details visit www.Calhr.ca.gov and view the salary and benefits page.
  • Training
  • Paid extensive new surveyor orientation including didactic instruction in Sacramento along with field training
  • Paid one-week federal basic surveyor training
  • Paid specialty surveyor training

    Contact Sharon Jenkins or Sara Prady at (916) 322-9905, email CDPHLURecruitment@cdph.ca.gov or call one of the District Offices below.


    Last modified on: 3/29/2016 3:33 PM