CNA Certification in Maryland

The state of Maryland takes the training of qualified CNAs very seriously.  You will receive extensive training if you wish to start on the path to become a certified nursing assistant in Maryland.

Training Hours and Requirements

You will learn the skills you need to provide excellent care as a nursing assistant when attending a training course.  It is necessary to enroll in training course that has been approved by the state if you want to be eligible to sit for certification testing.  The state of Maryland requires at least 100 hours of training for potential nursing assistants.

Training programs are taught by experienced registered nurses.  You will have classroom, lab and clinical instruction providing you with the knowledge and skills needed to be a CNA.  When you complete your nursing assistant training class, you will need to sit for the CNA certification exam. T his exam is administered by the Geriatric Nursing Assistant Testing Service of Maryland.  You must pass the written as well as the skills test if you wish to become certified.

Application for Endorsement to Transfer CNA Certification to Maryland

Maryland typically only offers certification through endorsement from certain states. If your application for endorsement is not accepted, you will need to attend a training course in Maryland and then challenge the nursing assistant certification exam. Endorsement is usually offered to CNAs who received certification in: Virginia, Maine, Delaware, New York, Illinois, West Virginia, Idaho, Florida, Oregon and Kansas.

Steps For Transfer:

Take the following steps if you are hoping to transfer a CNA certification from your state to the state of Maryland.

  • Verify that your certification in your former state is in good standing as well as still active.
  • Contact the Maryland CNA program for an application to transfer your certification. You can call: 410-585-2044 or fax request to 410-764-8042. You can also send an email request to:
  • Complete each section of the endorsement application as instructed.
  • Submit a copy of your current CNA certification from the state where you are certified.
  • Pay a $20.00 fee (personal checks are not accepted)
  • Include a passport size photo of yourself with your application.
  • Submit proof with your application that you had your fingerprints taken for the background check.
  • Send all information to the address listed on the application.
  • Your application will be returned to you if all requirements are not met.

CNA Certification Renewal in Maryland

When you live in Maryland, your will need to renew your certification every 2 years to continue working as a certified nursing assistant. In order to renew your certification you must have worked a minimum of 16 hours in a nursing assistant position during the 24 month period.

You should receive your renewal paperwork a few weeks prior to your certification’s  expiration date. Complete the form and send it back to the address listed on the paperwork. This needs to be done before the date that your certification expires. If you have let your license lapse, you will need to contact the Maryland Board of Nursing or visit their website at: to find out what is needed to renew your nursing assistant certification.

Maryland now offers online CNA certification renewal. You can access it at: If you wish to renew online, you MUST have your SSN on record with the board. If your SSN is not on file with the board, you will have to complete the mail-in renewal form.

Helpful Resources: Free CNA training in Maryland and Accredited CNA classes in Maryland


10 Responses to CNA Certification in Maryland

  1. Donna Beard December 31, 2010 at 2:54 am #

    I am a CNA, with my certification in Pennsylvania. I would like to take the classes that Western Maryland Hospital Center is offering for a CNA-DT. Do I need to have a MD certification before I can take the course, or do I need to have my license transferred to Maryland.

  2. Lamerlyn Poliarco July 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    I just want to know where can I get an application to transfer my CNA license from New York to Maryland. Thank you

  3. Kayla August 3, 2011 at 3:06 am #

    Hi, just wondering, I would have to reach out to employers first to get hired before I ask about free CNA classes correct?

  4. Christine Applegate August 15, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    I need to know if I apply for Maryland CNA Certification, can I still keep my DE certification?

    • Admin April 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

      No, when you transfer you lose your certification in the other state.

      • Trisha July 23, 2022 at 12:22 am #

        That is not true. You do not lose your certification when you transfer to another state. I’m licensed in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

  5. Tamieka November 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    I am currently living in Maryland and I am moving to Va I would like to know does Va accept Md CNA certificate?

  6. Deann December 1, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    I want to maintain and keep my CNA active in Pgh. Also, I want to get my CNA in MD.

    How do I do that?

  7. Nichole February 25, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

    What is time period you have after you have received your CNA certification, do you need to apply for your license?

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