When you are heading to a new state, you will need to transfer your CNA license. There are some steps you should follow to make it a little less stressful to get your license transferred so that you can begin looking for employment in your new state.
· The process will vary some depending on the state to where you are moving. Contact the licensing board in your new state. You should start looking into the process before you are preparing to move. Determine whether or not they allow a nursing assistant license to be automatically transferred. Some states, will accept your license from another state without requiring you to take the certification again in their particular state.
· Some states will acknowledge your current CNA license by allowing you to work a certain number of hours as a CNA in their state while you are going through the process of having your license transferred. The specifics will depend on the state to where you are moving.
· When you are transferring a license, the board of licensing in your new state will again conduct an FBI background check. They will need to verify your training information and any employment history you had in the other state when working as a certified nursing assistant. Other details might also need to be provided.
· It might be necessary to have medical checks again in the new state to where you are moving. There might be additional vaccines or tests that you need before you will be able to work as a certified nursing assistant there.
· There are some states that will not make it as easy to transfer your license. Those states will require you to take the licensing exam in their own state. This means that you will need to complete and pass both the written and clinical portion of the test. It might or might not be necessary to complete additional coursework and training before the licensing board will allow you to take the test. This will depend on the training requirements in the state you are moving from as well as the requirements in the state you are moving to.
· Contact the licensing board in the state for specific details on how you can transfer your certification. They will be able to tell you everything that you need to do in order to make the transition go as smoothly as possible. You will learn what information you must spend to the licensing board and what steps you will need to take to obtain your license in that state.
Do not stress over transferring your CNA license. It will take some time and might take some extra work but you will be on your way to working in your new state before you know it.