CNA Certification in Colorado

You can become a certified nursing assistant in Colorado by completing a certified nursing assistant training program.  Then, you will need to pass the certification exam.  Nursing assistants can find work in nursing care settings, some hospitals and rehabilitation centers and working for home-health agencies.

Training Hours and Requirements in Colorado

Federal law requites a minimum of 75 training hours for individuals who are preparing to become certified nursing assistants.  The state of Colorado states that prospective certified nursing assistants must have at least 80 hours of training.  Training programs are taught by registered nursing assistants with a couple years of experience (at a minimum) working in the nursing field.

Transfer of CNA Certification to Colorado

When you hold a nursing assistant certification in another state, you can apply to have the certification transferred to Colorado.  You will need to contact the Nursing Aide Registry in Colorado to receive the application to transfer your certification.  The form will have sections that need to be completed by you as well as sections that need to be completed by the Nursing Aide Registry in your former state.

You will need to have a valid and active certification to apply for transfer to Colorado.   It is necessary to have attending a state-approved training course in the state of certification and to have passed the state competency exam for certified nursing assistants.   You must also be listed in good standing with the Nursing Aide Registry in your former state.  No felony convictions can be on your record.  If you meet all criteria for nursing assistant certification in Colorado, your certification can be transferred.

Exact Steps to Transfer Your License To Colorado

Documents Required:
– A Copy of your certificate in the state you are transferring from.
– $10 endorsement fee (fees are subject to change every July)

1) Complete the Application for Original License by Endorsement form:

2) Compete Part 1 of the Verification of Nurse Aide Certification form and mail it to your current licensing board (in the state you are transferring from).

Make sure to follow the Applicant Checklist and return completed application and all supporting documentation to the Office of Licensing.

Division of Registrations
Office of Licensing—Nursing
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO  80202

CNA Certification Renewal in Colorado

Your nursing assistant certification will have an expiration date.  This is the date by which you need to renew your certification.  You should receive paperwork about 2 or 3 months before this date if it is a year for renewal.  The form will need to be completed in its entirety and sent back to the address included in the instructions. Your license can be renewed online at: Click on the renewal tab.

It will be necessary to have worked for pay for a minimum number of specified hours in order to be able to renew your certification.  You cannot have had any complaints against you for harming patients if you want to renew your certification.  Felony convictions are not allowed either.

Contact the nursing aide registry for instructions on how to renew your license if you did not submit your renewal papers and documents in time.  You should also contact the registry if your license lapsed as a result of not working as a nursing assistant for the minimum required hours.

How To Renew an Expired license in Colorado?

If your license has expired within the last two years: You will need to complete the Reinstatement Application-Certified Nurse Aide form at: Make sure to follow the applicant checklist and return the completed application and all supporting documentation to the Office of Licensing.

If your license has expired more than two years ago: You will need to take the examination through Pearson Vue in Colorado and then apply for a new CNA license after you pass the exam.

Note: You will also need to do the exam if you have not worked as a CNA in the last two years even though your license may have expired less than two years ago.


Alexzandra asked:”I am 17 years old and I want to know how to enroll in CNA classes. I don’t want to take the two semester classes in my high school. I’m willing to spend some money on classes else where because I don’t need to wait 9 months to become a CNA. I would like some recommendations on the best places to take the classes.” CNA Classes in Colorado

Answer: According to the licensing requirements on the Colorado Board of Nursing website, there is no restriction on the age at which a person can get a CNA license. You could get trained at any of the accredited training centers regardless of your age. You can get a list of places where you can get Free Nursing Assistant Training in Colorado .

15 Responses to CNA Certification in Colorado

  1. Jared Redmon April 6, 2011 at 2:42 am #

    I need phone numbers or web address’s to the people I need to contact in order to transfer my Kent state registered CNA to the state of Colorado… Can you help?

    Jared Redmon

    • Admin October 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

      We’ve just updated the information above to include the relevant numbers of the licensing board in Colorado.

  2. Desiree Cain July 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    Hello, I moved down to Florida and transferred my Colorado CNA license to Florida. Now I will be moving back to Colorado and was wondering if I have to transfer my CNA license back to Colorado or is my license still valid?

  3. Jason April 6, 2013 at 3:34 am #

    Hello. I will be moving to Colorado next year and would like to start back up with being a CNA. However I have my certificate that is expired from Texas and have not worked for the last 2 years as a CNA. Will i have to retake the classes or will the examination be enough?

    • Admin April 6, 2013 at 7:05 am #

      Hi Jason, You will simply need to retake the certification exam.

  4. Raquel April 11, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    Hi. I started my cna class January 2012 and completed everything (including the cna training) in April 2012. I’ve been out of work for about a year and I haven’t been able to take my certification exam due to my inability to pay for it. Can I still take the test sometime within these next couple of months even though so much time has passed? Or will I have to retake the class?

    • Amal June 27, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

      Hello, I have probably the same question, and would like to get and an answer.

  5. Linnea DuLac August 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    I just passed my state exams and have my license # from online. Will I receive one in the mail? Also, it says an expiration date of 01-31-14. That’s only 6 months….I thought my license was vaild for a year?

  6. Linnea DuLac August 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    I just received my CNA license in July. It will expire in January next year. I don’t plan on working as a CNA until January. Will that affect my license?

  7. Melissa Holguin September 7, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    Hello my license is due to expire in 1/2013 and was wondering how many hours I have had to have worked in order to renew it?

    Thanks in advance

  8. Abbi September 11, 2013 at 2:10 am #

    I’m trying to find out how to transfer my CNA to Colorado from Illinois. I don’t have a certification number but I am actively working as a CNA since I received my certification in 2007. And I’m on the Illinois Workers Registry as current. Please help I’m relocating in a few months!

  9. jacob November 30, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    I want to move to Colorado and I am a CNA from Arizona what do I do to change my license

  10. Destiny January 31, 2014 at 1:32 am #

    My license was renewed on the 27th of this month, not to mention the payment went through, but my expiration date has not refreshed online. Does this mean I will have to wait for my renewed license in the mail? And does this effect my work status for now?

  11. Jaci July 27, 2022 at 3:51 pm #

    I Have my CNA certification in the state of Idaho but I am looking to move to Colorado. What is the process to switch?

  12. Kathleen Pendergraft December 6, 2022 at 7:57 pm #

    I took my CNA classes in 2020 finished and took the written exam and passed. I scheduled my skills exam and it was cancelled. Not just once. I have called the day of my skills exam because i got an email saying it was cancelled. Nobody could tell me why. I am no longer living in colorado but I am still NEEDING to take my skills exam. Can someone help and point me in the right direction?? I am completely lost at this point on what i need or can do about all this. Thank you!!

    PS. I am currently on eternal hold with Credentia trying to get this figured out.

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