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Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic

Navigating Back into the Workforce

Attention certificate holders!  AFL waivers expiring on 02/28/2023.

Expired CNA and/or HHA certificate holders cannot continue employment after February 28, 2023, without active certification. 

You are being directed to this page because you:

  • Received a SMS or Email from California Department of Public Health
  • You wish to navigate back into the workforce

You are eligible and must renew your Certified Nurse Assistant or Home Health certificate before February 28, 2023, to continue employment.

Important: Keep your contact information (PDF) updated with us to ensure you receive all important notifications from the department.

Certified Nurse Assistant

CNA certificate has been expired for more than 24 months (2 years)?

You are eligible to renew prior to February 28, 2023.

You will NOT be eligible to renew after February 28, 2023.

Renewal with AFL Waiver Advantage

Submit a completed Renewal Application (CDPH 283C) (PDF) along with documentation showing your completion of forty-eight (48) hours through a CDPH-approved online computer training program.  You may submit the application by mail or by faxing it to our department by February 28, 2023. 

CNA certificate has been expired for less than 24 months or expires before August 28, 2023?

You are eligible to take advantage of the AFL waivers as long as ALL online CEUS are completed on/prior to 02/28/2023 . If all the CEUS are not completed on/prior to 02/28/2023, you will be required to complete the normal CEU requirements.

Renewal with AFL Waiver Advantage

Submit a completed Renewal Application (CDPH 283C) (PDF) along with documentation showing your completion of forty-eight (48) hours through a  CDPH-approved online computer training program.  You may submit the application by mail or by faxing it to our department.

Renewal with Normal CEU requirement

Normal CEU Requirements: Completion of forty-eight (48) hours of In-Service Training/Continuing Education Units (CEUs) within your two (2) year 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

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 examination.  To reactivate the CNA certificate, please submit the completed Renewal Application (CDPH 283C), 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 certificate's 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. You may submit the application by mail or by faxing it to our department.

CNA certificate expires after August 28, 2023?

CNA certificate holders with certificate expiration date after August 28, 2023 are required to satisfy the normal CNA Renewal Requirements. Please see below for renewal requirements.

Submit a completed Renewal Application (CDPH 283C) (PDF) along with documentation (CDPH 283A) (PDF) showing your completion of forty-eight (48) hours of In-Service Training/Continuing Education Units (CEUs) within your two (2) year 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

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 examination.  To reactivate the CNA certificate, please submit the completed Renewal Application (CDPH 283C), 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 certificate's 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. You may submit the application by mail or by faxing it to our department.

Have not worked as a CNA?

The CMS requirement of providing nursing or nursing-related services in a facility to residents for compensation (under the supervision of a licensed health professional) within your most recent certification period is waived until the end of the Federal state of emergency.

Home Health Aide

In March 2020, the center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' COVID-19 Emergency Blanket Waivers for the Health Care Providers (PDF) modified the requirements for completing the annual 12 hours of in-service training. The federal waiver temporarily allows HHAs to renew without submitting the required 24 hours of in-service training completed during the certification period, until the end of the first full quarter after the declaration of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) concludes.

All HHAs with an existing waiver must renew their certification prior to the Federal declaration of the end of the state of emergency. CDPH encourages submission of renewal applications well as soon as possible. HHAs submitting a renewal application without completing the required annual in-service hours must write "CMS 12" visibly on the CDPH 283C (PDF) and circle it. All in service hours must be completed and submitted to the CDPH by the end of the first full quarter after the declaration of the PHE concludes, or as otherwise specified by CMS. HHA who complete their in-service hours are encouraged to submit them with their renewal application or upon completion. HHAs who do not submit their in-service hours by the CMS deadline are not eligible to provide care.


HHA Certificate Expiration DateRenewal Requirements
03/30/18 – 03/29/20

Before February 28, 2023, certificate holders may renew their certificate that has been expired more than four (4) years with an expiration date after 03/30/2018. To renew you must submit a completed renewal application and documentation of twenty-four (24) hours of In-Service Training/CEUs within your most recent certification period.  A minimum of twelve (12) of the twenty-four (24) hours shall be completed in each year of the two (2) year certification period.

After February 28, 2023, certificate holders may renew their certificate any time within four (4) years after the expiration date of your certificate if you have successfully obtained and submitted documentation of twenty-four (24) hours of In-Service Training/CEUs within your most recent certification period.  A minimum of twelve (12) of the twenty-four (24) hours shall be completed in each year of the two (2) year certification period

03/30/20 – 03/29/21Must have completed 12 in-services hours in the first year of the certification period.
Per CMS12 waiver, 12 in-service hours in the second year are waived. May renew their certificate any time within four (4) years after the expiration date of your certificate.
03/30/21- end of the Federal state of emergencyPer CMS12 waiver, 12 in-service hours in both years of certification period are waived. May renew their certificate any time within four (4) years after the expiration date of your certificate


HHA Renewal Requirements

HHA certificates must be renewed every two (2) years.  You may renew your certificate any time within four (4) years after the expiration date of your certificate, if by the time your certificate expires you will have completed the following:

  1. You have previously received and maintained criminal record clearance for CNA, HHA, Intermediate Care Facility- Developmentally Disabled (ICF-DD), DD Habilitative, or DD Nursing and a criminal clearance is granted.
  2. You have successfully obtained and submitted documentation of twenty-four (24) hours of In-Service Training/CEUs within your most recent certification period.  A minimum of twelve (12) of the twenty-four (24) hours shall be completed in each year of the two (2) year certification period (Please see table above for CMS 12 CEU waivers).

State and Federal Requirements

Forms 


Contact Us :

Mailing Address:

Healthcare Professional Certification and Training Section (HPCTS)
P.O. Box 997416, MS 3301
Sacramento, CA 95899-7416 

Phone Number: (916) 327-2445

Please note that the Interactive Voice Response Unit (IVRU) is an automated phone system. An option must be selected before the IVRU can proceed with a transfer to an agent. After the required information is entered you will be given the option to press "0" for an agent.

Fax Number: (916) 552-8785

Email: cna@cdph.ca.gov 

Please include your CNA/HHA/CHT number (if applicable).


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