How to Get Recertified for a CNA License in Texas

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A Certified Nursing Assistant, known as a CNA, performs basic healthcare assistance under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. There is no expiration date printed on a Texas CNA certificate but CNAs must contact the Texas CNA registry every two years to report employment status. If you have not been working as a paid CNA for a minimum of eight hours within the last two years, you must recertify for your CNA license.

Print and complete the Request to Retest for Nurse Aides in Expired Status form.

Contact the Texas Department of Public Safety to obtain a criminal history check.

Make a copy of your current photo ID.

Send the Request to Retest for Nurse Aides in Expired Status form, criminal history check information and copy of photo ID to the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Schedule a CNA test as soon as the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services notifies you of your recertification approval.


Further information regarding requesting a criminal history check are available at: www.txdps.state.tx.us (Reference 3)


Anyone listed as unemployable on the Employee Misconduct Registry (EMR) or convicted of a criminal offence listed in the Texas Safety and Health Code 250.005 is ineligible to test. (Reference 3)



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