CNA Certification in Kansas

Nursing assistants help individuals who are sick or injured with activities of daily living.  They provide a variety of basic (non-medical primarily) nursing services.  You can start on a path to a career as a certified nursing assistant by entering a CNA training program.

Training Hours and Requirements

The nursing assistant training programs that qualify you to sit for the certification exam in Kansas are approved by the Department of Health and Environment.  You must attend a course that meets all criteria requirements set forth by the Department or you will not be able to become a CNA.  Courses will be at least 90 hours in length.  Some of your time will be spent in the classroom and some time will be spent in clinical training.

It is necessary to complete all components of a nursing assistant training course.  You should make very effort not to miss any classes.  Talk to your instructor right away if you must miss a training session.  Upon completion of the course, you can then complete the paperwork to schedule to sit for the nursing assistant competency exam.

CNA Certification Transfer to kansas Via Reciprocity

If you currently hold an active nursing assistant certification from another state, you can apply to have your certification transferred to Kansas. Kansas offers nursing assistant certification reciprocity with some states. This means that they will accept the certification from another state allowing you to receive your nursing assistant certification in Kansas. The state of Kansas does not waive the testing requirements. You will need to pass the CNA certification exam with at least a score of 75% in order to transfer your license.

The state of Kansas does not transfer certification from all states. You can contact the Department for Aging and Disability Services for information about reciprocity and to determine if the state from where you hold certification is one from which Kansas offers certification through reciprocity. Complete all forms in their entirety and submit any requested documents if you are applying to transfer your certification from another state.

Exact Steps to Transfer your License

1) Fill out the Interstate application form, which can be found at:

2) Required Documents:

  • Copy of your driver’s license
  • Copy of your social security card
  • $20 non-refundable fee

3) Send completed form along with all required documents to: Health Occupations Credentialing, KDADS- New England Bldg. 503 S Kansas 3rdFloor- Topeka, KS66603-3404

4) You will receive an Approval to Test letter with the date and time of your CNA examination. You must be on time and have 2 forms of identification.

5) Nurse Aide certificates are issued 3-4 weeks after successfully passing the exam with a score of 75% or higher.

6) You may request your test scores at: Health Occupations Credentialing, KDADS- New England Bldg. 503 S Kansas Ave 3rdFloor- Topeka, KS66603-3404 (785) 296-1250

CNA Certification Renewal in Kansas

It is necessary to renew your nursing assistant certification every two years. This can be done by completing the renewal forms that you will receive before your license is set to expire. The forms must be sent in on time in order to properly renew your license. It is necessary to have worked for pay as a certified nursing assistant or in a related field 8 hours within the twenty-four month period.

Forms will be mailed to you several weeks before you need to renew your certification. The due date on the forms will actually be 30 days before your certification expires. This is intended to ensure that the Department has ample time to review your renewal paperwork before your certification’s expiration date.


Q: I have changed my last name and my address. I did not receive my renewal forms. How can I get them sent to me or preferably get a copy of the forms on the internet to complete since my certificate expires 9-30-11?
A: You will need to get in touch with the CNA registry to notify them of your change in name. If the name or address has not been updated you will not receive your renewal forms in the mail and will thus have to download a copy from the registry website.

Helpful Resource: Free CNA training in Kansas and Accredited CNA classes in Kansas


19 Responses to CNA Certification in Kansas

  1. Ru Jeana Davis November 27, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    Just trying to find out how to a copy of my cna certificate, it seems to me i am going through alot of red tape just to a legal copy of my certificate, if possiable can you inform me how one can a get a copy of their cna. my state number is (removed) please help me with this issue, my employer is wanting to my cna card within a certain amount of time. my address is (removed)

    • Admin December 1, 2010 at 10:53 pm #

      We’ve emailed you a response to your question.

  2. adrienne June 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    How do you get your license renewed after you’ve been inactive for 10 years?

    • Admin June 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

      You would need to retake the training and do the CNA certification exam again.

    • Mia August 24, 2011 at 8:19 am #

      From what I’ve been told you just need to take a refresher course or get a RN to complete a 40 hour checklist with you.

  3. Pamela Gibble December 17, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    I need to no how to get a copy of my cna cert. it was taken @ CCCC in Kansas I think my name at the time was Pamela Daniels but i did have a copy of it with my new name as Pamela S. Gibble on it i just got it with in the last year or so. But it has been missed placed can you help me this is for Kansas.

  4. Patty Wallace August 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    I have just been certified for my CNA in Missouri at MEDS. I would also like to get a certificate for Kansas also. How do I go about getting that done?

  5. brittany vedder November 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    I lost my cna and Cma license when i moved how do i get another from the state of ks?

  6. Rebecca November 30, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    I have lost my physical CNA license in a move. How do I get another copy?

  7. Lisa January 8, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    I found out after I was fired from a job that they didn’t renew my linence two months prior. How do I get my linence re-instated?

  8. Najmieh January 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    How do I renew my certification? I have not received anything in the mail according to my card the expiration date was January 18th. It would be helpful if you could forward a contact email address or number Thank you.

  9. Misty March 16, 2013 at 5:25 am #

    I have been inactive for almost three years how do I renew my certification? Do I need to retake the cna course?

  10. kati July 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    how do I get a 40 hr checklist for Kansas?

  11. Alleen July 15, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    where can I get a practice exam specific to the state of kansas?

  12. Christy October 14, 2013 at 3:34 am #

    I have just relocated to Chicago from Kansas, where I am certified as a CNA. I submitted the out of state transfer of license form and received a reply back from the state telling me that the facility or agency that hires me will need to submit the transfer request. I have applied at numerous nursing facilities, hospitals, etc. and they have denied me employment due to not being certified in IL. It’s frustrating when the form from IL indicates it’s my job to send in the paperwork to transfer. I’m so frustrated and I’m worried because I have a 2 year old depending solely on me…I need help with getting transferred…I could have a job in a heartbeat…please help

  13. cat January 6, 2014 at 3:32 am #

    I am trying to reinstate my CNA license. I have not used it since 2011 or 2012. But I also have a couple legal charges from over a year ago I am just now being charges with. My charges are not related to my job as a CNA and they are both nonviolent crimes. Is it possible to reinstate my license? If so how do I do so? I really enjoyed my job as a CNA/CMA

  14. Rachel February 5, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Hi I lost my cna certificate card and I have no idea where to start in trying to get another one issued or mail to me I just applied for a job and they want a copy of it and I’m just lost as what to do

  15. Victoria February 26, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    I live in Kansas, and I was talking to a lady at one of nursing homes and my license is from 2011. (I actually never got hired on anywhere. It was where those deals where if you don’t have experience they won’t hire you, and I couldn’t get any experience if no one would hire me. Even though I passed my clinicals and everything.) She said I could talk to one of the nurses about a 40 hour checklist to renew my CNA license. The lady also said I wouldn’t have to pay anything. So I was wondering if this is really true, or if I had to go somewhere else to apply for my license to be renewed. Or if I had to pay and retake the test.
    And if I had said apply for my license to be renewed where do I go? Is there a number I could call for answers? And about how much would it be to get renewed if I have to pay?

  16. Santanna June 16, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    I need to renew my ks cna… I am “inactive” what do i need to do to renew?

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