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COVID-19 - What You Need to Know About
Temporary Guidelines

The California Department of Public Health, Professional Certification Branch, has developed this webpage to provide facilities, licensees, certificate holders, applicants, administrators, and our other stakeholders with information and resources in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) state of emergency.

We thank you for your patience during this time.

Employment Development Department (EDD)-CalJOBS

Employment Development Department (EDD)-CalJOBS

If you are a facility seeking a health care worker or you are an eligible Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), Home Health Aide (HHA), Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT) or Nursing Home Administrator seeking employment, we encourage you to register with CalJOBS.

As a facility, you will gain access to industry data, labor market information and job applicants for your facility. You can also post job openings online. As a certificate holder/licensee you will find the latest job openings, be allowed to post a résumé online, find career guidance, search for training and education programs, and find information on local employers.

To find more information about how to register with the EDD, please visit the CalJOBS website.

Although Executive Order N-39-20 (PDF) temporarily suspends enforcement of minimum staffing requirements, this waiver is under the condition that facilities notify the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) of any staffing shortages that jeopardize operations or patient care. Upon notification, CDPH, in collaboration with the local public health department, will assess the situation and determine whether the facility can continue to operate safely.

California Health Corps

To ensure adequate staff for health care sites throughout California, the state is calling on healthcare providers, behavioral health professionals, and health care administrators to register for the California Health Corps.

To find information about how to register for the California Health Corps, please visit the California Health Corps' website.

Requests for Urgent Staffing Resources

Please see AFL 20-46 (Requests for Urgent Staffing Resources for COVID-19) for clarification on the process for requesting staffing resources for healthcare facilities and alternate care sites during COVID-19.

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TEMPORARY WAIVERS AND SUSPENSIONS DUE TO THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC

Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for CNAs

Pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order N-39-20 (PDF), related to the COVID-19 state of emergency, the Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) may waive any of the professional certification requirements and amend scopes of practice of sections of the Health and Safety Code and accompanying regulations with respect to CNAs.

To learn more about the CDPH's temporary waivers for CNA requirements and suspensions of regulatory enforcement, see AFL 20-35The temporary waivers contained in this AFL will expire September 30, 2021.

Temporary waivers of statutory and regulatory requirements for Nurse Assistant Training Programs (NATPs) and facilities

Pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order N-39-20 (PDF), related to the COVID-19 state of emergency, the California Department of Public Health is temporarily waiving specified statutory requirements and suspending regulatory enforcement for NATPs and nursing facilities that provide instruction and training to nurse assistants seeking certification as CNAs.

To learn more about the CDPH's temporary waivers for NATPs and nursing facilities, see AFL 20-40The temporary waivers contained in this AFL will expire September 30, 2021.

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