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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 licensees, certificate holders, applicants, administrators, and our other stakeholders with information and resources in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) state of emergency and its impacts on the licensing and certification process.

We thank you for your patience during this time.

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TEMPORARY WAIVERS AND SUSPENSIONS DUE TO THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC

Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) due to the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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.

Learn more about the CDPH's temporary waivers for CNA requirements and suspensions of regulatory enforcement at AFL 20-35.

 

Temporary waiver of certain statutory and regulatory requirements for Nurse Assistant Training Programs (NATPs) and nursing facilities due to the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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.

Learn more about the CDPH's temporary waivers for Nurse Assistant Training Programs at AFL 20-40

STAFFING RESOURCES

Although Executive Order N-39-20 (PDF) temporarily suspends enforcement of minimum staffing requirements, this waiver is under the condition that facilities notify 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.

Please see 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.

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.

Find information about how to register for the California Health Corps, please visit the California Health Corps website.

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