CNA Certification in New York

There is a growing need for qualified certified nursing assistants within the state of New York.  You can meet this need by receiving training and passing the necessary examination to receive your certification.  Many individuals who wish to pursue a career in nursing start out as nursing assistants.

If you are looking for a certified nursing assistant training program in New York, you will quickly learn that many programs are available.  In fact, there are state approved programs in every county of New York.  The programs must be approved by the Department of Health in New York in order for you to be eligible to sit for the certification exam.
Training programs in New York must include a minimum of 100 hours of training.  There will be classroom training as well as practical training portions.  You will receive hands on experience working directly with patients when training to become a CNA in New York.  Although only 100 hours of training is required by the state, you will find that many programs are at least 130 hours.

You can sit for the nursing assistant certification exam once you have completed a course successfully.  The exam must be passed before you will be able to be certified.

Transfer Your CNA License/Certification to New York Via Reciprocity

New York is one of the states that offers reciprocity to individuals with a nursing assistant certification in a different state. This is something to consider if you still have a valid and active nursing assistant certification and are moving to New York.

Reciprocity is not automatic. You will need to complete and submit an application for reciprocity. You can download an application with instructions at: Your application and any necessary documentation that you submit will be carefully evaluated to determine if your certification from another state can be transferred to New York.

Steps for transferring your certification are as follows:

  1. Obtain an application to be listed on the CNA registry in New York at: Click on the Information Bulletin tab to the left of the screen. Answer all questions that are on the application. Make sure that under the Certification Route you choose Route 2 box stating Reciprocity/CNA From Another State.
  2. It will be necessary for you to include a copy of your current nursing assistant certification with your application. You will need to provide your certification number and date of expiration.
  3. Request a letter from your former employer verifying that you are or were employed for them within the last 24 months if your state does not provide an expiration date on its registry. This letter will need to be written on your employer’s letterhead.
  4. Submit the required $50 fee for application through reciprocity.
  5. Submit your application and all requited documents to: Prometric- Attn: NY Nurse Aide Program- 7941 Corporate Drive, Nottingham, MD21236

Keep in mind that your CNA certification must be listed as active and in good standing your former state where you were certified. If your certification is no longer current, you will not be able to apply to transfer your certification to New York.

CNA Certification Renewal in New York

You will need to renew your certification every 2 years. You will be mailed a renewal notice about 45 days before your certification expires. In order to renew your certification, you must have worked as a nursing assistant for compensation a minimum of 7 hours during the 24 month period. The hours worked must have been in a NYS nursing home or at a NYS approved nurse aide employer. If you worked for one of the above listed facilities, your employer MUST recertify you and pay the recertification fee. You will need to contact your current or most recent employer regarding your recertification.

You will be unable to renew your license if you have not worked for compensation at least 7 hours during the 25 month certification period or your health care employer is not approved by the NYSDOH. In this case you will be required to retest or retrain and retest.

Helpful Resources: Free Classes in New York and CNA training in New York


14 Responses to CNA Certification in New York

  1. Janie D. Ross September 8, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

    I need someone to get in contact with me about my recertificaion. I have been working with an agency for the past 6 months or more. I haven’t recieved any kind of mail about having my license renewed as well as how to go about doing this. I would appreciate it if someone would get in contact with me about this situation as soon as posssible. My license expires next month and those courses are very costly to say the least.

    thank you
    Janie Ross.

    • Admin October 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

      Hi Janie, if you haven’t received your renewal form you will need to download one from the Nursing board website.

  2. nadire September 26, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    Hi, i’m interested in knowing how i can maintain my CNA inservices.. is there a website i can go to and do my cna inservices

    • Admin September 26, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

      Some online sources include,,, and

  3. ashley January 17, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    I am woundering. I am a CNA but it exspires in July. Is there anything I can do to keep it. Right now I am battaling a bad kidney problem but i was woundering if there is something I can do keep it instead of going to work right now. I heard you can work somewhere for 8 hours and that will do it but i dont know how to do that. If someone can please help me i would apperciate it.

  4. audrey hairston February 8, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    Hello my name is audrey and i wanted to know if some one could email me about the reciprocity information that i would need if I was to move another state maybe email me the form or either mail me the form so I would have an idea of how it look and what all i need to do thanks so much

  5. christeria January 20, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    I’ll be getting my cna license in florida the training is 80 hours but I plan to move to new York and see their minimum required hours are 100 how will I be able to obtain 20 more hours?

  6. Ahmed February 25, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    ,I want to take some classes for CNA training in BUffalo NY,but I do not know where to go to get it?

  7. Shelly July 30, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    I have hired a CNA to care for a family member. Prior to her shift she informed me that her CNA certification had expired 7 months prior. How quickly can she renew her certification? And which is the quickest way to do so.

  8. Nicole September 23, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    My cna has laspsed as of 8-31-14. I took my recertification papers to my previous employer in advance to have my things up to date and when i go on the prometric website my certification says it has lapsed and i did i did not get a new certification in the mail. what do i do now? please help

  9. Melissa Alvarez October 25, 2015 at 5:38 am #

    I passed my cna test and was certified the year of 2010. I was hired right after to work in a hospital in new york as a nursing assistant. Im still working here 5 years total but noticed I never got my license renewed. Do I need to retake everything the schooling and testing even though Im still working here as a nurse aid?

  10. Allison June 12, 2016 at 2:26 am #

    I live in NY and was wondering if I fail the skills test is it true that I have to wait 60 days to retake it or can I take it when there is another class taking the skills test ? I was told that I had to wait 60 days but then I heard that now we don’t have to wait.

  11. Mark August 2, 2022 at 3:54 pm #

    I live in Sweden now as CNA, How will I be able to convert into CNA in New York? Which will be the best and quickest way to get it done?

  12. Uche linda odozi November 4, 2022 at 8:45 pm #

    Dear Team,

    my name is Uche linda odozi, i am trying to transfer my Nursing Aid Certification from AMCA (American Medical Certification Association) New Jessy to New York where reside now, how does this work? where can i print out the updated form for the transfer. i will be glad if someone reaches out to me.

    thank you,

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