CNA Certification in Alaska

If you have decided to train to become a certified nursing assistant in Alaska, you should know some basic details about becoming a CNA and how to retain your certification.  Before you can work as a certified nursing assistant, you will need to meet all training and examination requirements set forth by the state.

Training Hours Requirements in Alaska

The state of Alaska requires prospective CNAs to receive at least 140 hours of training.  Some courses offer many more hours of training for nursing assistant students.  Training hours must be completed through a training program that has been approved by the state.  These training programs will include both classroom and clinical instructions.  Courses are designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to work as a nursing assistant.

Transferring CNA Certification from Another State to Alaska

You might be able to transfer a nursing assistant certification to the state of Alaska from one of the other states.  You will need to show that you completed all requirements to gain certification as a nursing assistant in your formal state.  This will include providing verification of completion of a CNA training program.  The Sate of Alaska will also verify that you passed the nursing assistant certification exam in your prior state. . The training program must include a minimum of 140 hours of training, which includes a minimum of 60 hours of classroom instruction and 80 hours of clinical training.

If you are applying to transfer your CNA certification from another state to the state of Alaska, you will need to show that you have not had any type of violation in your career against you.  For example, you can have no history of abusing or neglecting patients.  Your records will be verified with the Nursing Aide Registry from your home state.

The procedure for CNA license by Endorsement in Alaska is as follows:

  1. Fill out the form available at
  2. Attach a money order for $279. If you’re not paying the fees yourself you can get your prospective employer to give you a voucher or Purchase order
  3. Attach a filled fingerprint card. You can either request one at or get one from a law enforcement agency(such as your local police station) Be sure to ask for form FD 258
  4. Attach a 2×2 passport sized signed and dated photograph. (attach this on page two of the application form)
  5. As well as the above, you will need to fill out section one of the following forms: “Verification of Training for Alaska Nurse Aide Registry” and “Verification of Credentials for Alaska Nurse Aide Registry form”. To get a copy of these forms you will need to contact the nurse aide registry:

Niki Ornelas-Garcia
Licensing Examiner – Nurse Aide Registry
(907) 269-8169
(907) 269-8196
550 W. 7th Avenue., Suite 1500
Anchorage, AK 99501-3567

If you’re having any sort of problem getting your license transferred, use the comment form below to get in touch with me and I’ll do my best to help you out.

Nursing Assistant Certification Renewal in Alaska

Your nursing assistant certification will need to be renewed every two years in Alaska.  Nursing assistants must finish 12 hours of continuing education credits during their first two years.  Twelve hours of continuing education are required each year in the years of employment thereafter.

It is necessary to work for pay as a nursing assistant each year if you want to be eligible to renew your license.  In Alaska, you will need to work for at last 160 hours during every two years.  It might be necessary to repeat training or testing if you do not meet these requirements.

To renew your license, you can get the forms at Please note that there are two forms for renewal. You will need to choose the correct one based on your license number.

You will find these useful as well: Free CNA training in Alaska and CNA classes in Alaska


10 Responses to CNA Certification in Alaska

  1. ashley beville April 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    Hi, I was wondering if you would be able to help me. Ive tried doing some research online, but no luck. I received my CNA liscense in Florida by training through the one week course. I passed my state exam, and worked as a CNA at a nursing home for a little over a year. Will my liscense transfer to Alaska without any problems? I seen where you have to have so much classroom training.. so thats really starting to freak me out, since I was hired on the spot for a job, and just need to have my liscense transferred. Any feedback would be helpful.

    Thank You!

    • Admin April 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

      Hi Ashley,
      The Alaska regulations state that your prior CNA training program must have 60 hours of classroom instruction and 80 hours of clinical training. Based on what you say, the training program you did will have fallen way short of this requirement.
      I’d suggest contacting the nurse aide registry using the address above(in the article) and explaining your situation to them. Having worked as a nursing assistant might make things more easier.

  2. sodieg September 16, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    I am currently unemployed and i have not been able to do d 160 hours of training to renew my liscence. At the moment am going to college to become an LPN, can that be considered a training course. What can i do to keep my liscence?

    • Admin October 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

      You don’t need 160 hours of training. You will need to check with the Alaska CNA registry to see if the LPN course credits count towards your CEU requirements.

  3. DesMarie June 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    I obtained my cna liscense in Texas and worked as a cna for two years, I have now moved to Alaska but did not transfer my CNA and it is now expired. Am I still able to apply for a transfer of liscense by endorsement or do I have to retest and retrain?
    Thanks for your help


  4. Marissa Schultz July 20, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

    I move to Alaska a few years back and
    My certification recently expired for
    Minnesota and I never transferred it to Alaska. Do I need to retake the whole course or can I still transfer it? In not sure how to go about working with my CNA certification again.

  5. Rhea Richardson October 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    My husband and I are getting ready to move to Alaska.
    Where do I need to go to change my CNA license at?

  6. tera conley/kyle February 18, 2013 at 6:19 am #

    I had went through roughly 144 hrs of class time( three days a week for eight hours for six weeks) passed on or about march 6th 2012 in Grangeville Idaho. licence currently registered in Montana. will I have to take more class time? do I need to provide info from original location Idaho and Montana. in MT current employer had me complete roughly five skills test and passed those as well.

  7. Chelby March 14, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    I have had about six weeks of training in the Classroom and About Six weeks on the floor training, I just moved to Alaska, And Im not exactly sure how I switch over my CNA Licences. I have Switched my Licences In another state other than where I got My CNA. I got my CNA in Texas, And I switched to Idaho state which the Nursing home did for me from Texas to Idaho. Please help. Thank You.

  8. susie January 1, 2020 at 7:59 am #

    I have been a CNA since 1995 when it was required by law to be certified in this field.
    I have been doing this field all up until 2020, have transferred from various states and Alaska seems to be the most difficult state, as well as expensive to be a CNA .or even to transfer over to, why is that?.
    Why would you require an already certified CNA at 25 years to take the exam all over again.
    Don’t you think by now they would know what they are doing, does a lawyer have to take the bar exam again after two years.
    Alaska wants people to move up there and be residents but they surely make it hard for certain professions to do so with their regulations being so staunch.

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