How to Become a CNA in Alaska
Passing from a state-approved CNA training program is required in order to acquire a CNA certification in Alaska. Such a program will require 140 hours of training in total or a minimum of 60 hours of classroom instruction plus 80 hours of clinical/skills training.
After completing the 140 hours of training, the next task is to take the CNA Competency exam.
Once all of the aforementioned requirements have been completed, you can now apply for CNA certification in Alaska.
How to Verify Your CNA License in Alaska
You or any prospective employer can verify a CNA license status by visiting the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, the Division of Corporation, Business & Professional Licensing website. A license number is needed in order to search and access the records. Take note that a $20 verification fee will be applied.
How to Renew Your CNA Certification in Alaska
All CNA certifications must be renewed before March 31st of even-numbered years regardless of the issued date of the certificate. CNAs will be notified via mail 60 days prior to the expiration date. New certificates will then be issued within 90 days of the renewal expiration and will be effective for the next 24 months.
There are two (2) types of renewals for nurse aide certifications:
- Biennial certificate renewal for certificates issued on or before March 31st of the previous year. A $100 fee will be applied.
- Prorated certificate renewal for certificates issued on or after April 1st of the previous year. A $50 fee will be applied.
Continuing the criteria for education compliance for nurse aide certificate renewal includes:
- 24 contact hours of continuing education and 160 hours of paid work as a CNA for nurse aides that have held their certifications for more than 2 years;
- 12 contact hours of continuing education and 160 hours of paid work as a CNA for nurse aides that have had their certificates for more than a year but less than 2 years.
- No contact hours of continuing education and no monetarily compensated employment as a CNA are required for nurse aides that have held certification for less than a year.
How to Transfer your Out-of-State CNA Certification to Alaska
In order for a CNA certificate to be successfully transferred from other states to Alaska, a cumulative fee of $279 will be applied and is broken down as follows:
- $50.00 Application Fee
- $120.00 Certification Fee
- $59.00 Fingerprint Processing Fee
- $50.00 Examination Fee
How to Reinstate a Nurse Aide Certification in Alaska
The process of reinstatement for a CNA certification is quite different from a renewal. Reinstatement applies to a CNA Certification that has lapsed for more than 1 year but less than 5 years. Considering the aforementioned conditions are met, the applicant must then meet the following qualifications:
Useful links for the CNA registry in Alaska:
If you have additional questions, you may contact the Alaska Nurse Aide Registry at:
Alaska Nurse Aide Registry
Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
Division of Occupational Licensing
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1500,
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8169