CNA License in California

What You Need to Know about CNA Licensing in California

Are you looking for an exciting career in California that offers plenty of job opportunities and a comfortable starting salary? Can you see yourself working in a medical setting helping others? If so, you should consider becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant/Aide (CNA). There is currently a large need for CNAs in California, and the state does not require licensing for individuals who wish to obtain employment in this lucrative field.

Certification Requirements in California

In California, the California Department of Public Health oversees the rules and regulations regarding CNA certifications. For you to obtain certification as a nursing aide here, you must first graduate from an approved CNA training program. Secondly, after completing your program with a satisfactory GPA, you are required to complete the state's Certified Nursing Aide competency examination. During this test, you will be evaluated on both your intellectual knowledge and manual skills related to the field.

How to Get Your CNA Certification in California

To obtain your CNA certification in California, you need to go to the state's Department of Public Health website and click on "Certificates and Licenses." Next, click on "Occupations." On the following page, click on "Health Care Professionals." Finally, click on "Certified Nurse Aide" and "Certified Nurse Assistant Forms". This will take you to a page where you will find an initial application for CNA certification.

State-Approved CNA Schools in California

If you want to attend a CNA program in California, one of the following schools can provide you with the training you need.

  1. American Career College
    1200 N. Magnolia Ave., Anaheim, CA 92801
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  2. American Career College
    4021 Rosewood Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004
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  3. American River College
    4700 College Oak Drive, Sacramento, CA 95841
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  4. Bakersfield College
    1801 Panorama Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93305
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  5. Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education
    4640 Maine Ave, Baldwin Park, CA 91706
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  6. Beaumont Adult School
    1575 Cherry Ave, Beaumont, CA 92223
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  7. Butte College
    604 East Walker Street, Orland, CA 95963
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  8. Butte College
    2320 Forest Aveune, Chico, CA 95928
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  9. Career Colleges of America
    5612 E Imperial Hwy, South Gate, CA 90280
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  10. Career Networks Institute
    702 W Town and Country Rd, Orange, CA 92868
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  11. Carrington College California
    380 Civic Drive, Suite 300, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
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  12. Carrington College California
    8909 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95826
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  13. Chapman University
    One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866
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  14. Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center
    5451 Lemon Hill Ave, Sacramento, CA 95824
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  15. College of the Sequoias
    915 South Mooney Boulevard, Visalia, CA 93277
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  16. College of the Siskiyous
    2001 Campus Drive, Yreka, CA 96097
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  17. Concorde Career College
    12951 Euclid Street, #101, Garden Grove, CA 92840
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  18. East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program
    1501 W Del Norte St., West Covina, CA 91790
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  19. Galen College of Medical and Dental Assistants
    1325 North Wishon Avenue, Fresno, CA 93728
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  20. Hacienda La Puenta Adult Education School
    14101 E. Nelson Ave, La Puente, CA 91746
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  21. Kaplan College
    9055 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123
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  22. Kaplan College
    2022 University Dr, Vista, CA 92083
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  23. Long Beach City College
    1305 East Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90806
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  24. Miracosta College
    One Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056
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  25. Mt Diablo Adult Education
    Loma Vista Adult Center - 1266 San Carlos Avenue., Concord, CA 94518
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  26. National Career College
    6850 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91405
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  27. Palo Verde College
    1 College Drive, Blythe, CA 92225
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  28. Pomona Unified School District Adult and Career Education
    1515 W Mission Blvd, Pomona, CA 91766
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  29. Riverside Community College
    4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92506
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  30. Saint Francis Career College
    3680 E. Imperial Highway, 5th Floor, Lynwood, CA 90262
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  31. Santa Rosa Junior College
    680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma, CA 94954
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  32. Summit Career College
    851 S. Cooley Dr, Colton, CA 92324
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  33. West Coast Ultrasound Institute
    291 S La Cienega Blvd Ste 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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How to Verify Your CNA Certification in California

From time to time, you may find that you need to verify your CNA certification. This is especially true when changing jobs. If this is the case with you, you will need to fill out and submit a CNA verification form, which you will find by clicking on the "Publications and Forms" tab on the California Department of Public Health website.

How to Renew Your CNA Certification in California

You will need to renew your CNA certification every two years in California. However, to be eligible for renewal, you must attend 12 hours of continuing education courses per year. If you meet this requirement, you can fill out and submit the renewal application located on the Department of Public Health website.

How to Reinstate Your CNA Certification in California

If you did not complete the required number of continuing education courses before your CNA renewal, you will need to reinstate your California certification. To do this, you must re-take the CNA competency exam, fulfill the CE requirements, pay a late fee and submit a certification renewal application.

How to Transfer Your CNA Certification from California to Another State

If you are moving and need to transfer your California CNA certification to a different state, you will need to contact the new state's Nurse Aide Registry, Board of Nursing or Department of Public Health to find out about their requirements. While most states only require a simple verification of your current CNA status, others may require such things as continuing education coursework, testing and/or transfer fees.

California Department of Public Health

For any other information you may need pertaining to CNA certification in California, you can contact the California Department of Public Health at:

California Department of Public Health
Licensing & Certification Program
CNA/HHA/CHT Certification Unit

P.O. Box 997416, MS 3301
Sacramento, CA 95899-7416
Phone: (916) 327-2445

With its great salaries, short training programs and abundance of job opportunities, becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant/Aide in California is a smart choice today!