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How to Reinstate a CNA Certification in Rhode Island

In order for CNAs to have their certification reinstated they are required to fulfill the state's eligibility requirements. You will discover that in Rhode Island there are only two different ways to reinstate your certified nursing assistant.  Those individuals who may have not actually practiced certified nursing will have to undergo an education training program and retest to be taken into consideration. Individuals that happened to be actively employed in the profession or those who are certified in another state will have to comply with the application procedure.

The way to reinstate a CNA certification in Rhode Island consists of under-going the application. The applicants are not permitted to practice without a certification in the state of Rhode Island. On the other hand, submitting an application for a temporary professional license will enables the applicants to practice for 120 days. As soon as the 120 days have ended you will find absolutely no extensions. The application will have to be filled out completely before it may be submitted. Absent facts and information or unanswered questions on the forms are more likely to contribute to a holdup or rejection.

Applicants are likely to have to mail a non-refundable application payment. This payment is generally paid as a check or money order and will have to arrive with the application. Reinstating a CNA certification in Rhode Island  also consists of submitting in two passport size photographs. Applicants may need to present documentation of completed education and the test results, which will additionally need to be sent out with the application.

Steps for Certified Nursing Assistants to Reinstate or to Apply for Reciprocity of their Certification in Rhode Island

Applicants Must Provide
A Recent passport type photograph.
You must Provide a Full BCI Check from the Attorney General’s Office only.

The contact information is below
The Attorney General’s Office
150 South Main Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 274-4400

  • A Photocopy of your active CNA Certification /registration from current state.
  • Submit a Processing Fee of: $35.00 which covers the application processing and the initial license
  • Provide proof of completion of certified nursing assistant Training course of 100 or more hours OR provide proof of completion of Training class of less than 100 hours.  The documentation must state number of hours completed as well as  proof of employment for  3 months full time in Nursing facility, Hospital or Home Care Agency (See Employment Verification form, on page 11. This is for those who are Reinstating only
  • Must provide proof of employment for at least one 8-hour shift within the past two years (certification must be current at the time of employment) in Nursing Home, Hospital or Home Care Agency (See on the Employment Verification form, on page 11). This is for Reinstatement only.

For more information and for application forms

You will need to allow at least 8 weeks for the entire certification process to be completed.  For those of you that may have a malpractice, a criminal or disciplinary history in Rhode Island, or in another state, will need to be aware that the process can take an additional 2 or 3 months for processing your application.

The CNA Certification will be issued within 7-10 working days following the approval of the certificate and will expire every two years.  Wallet-sized  cards will be mailed within 3 weeks from the date of issuance.  It will be  mailed to the address that you provided in your application.  It is your responsibility to notifying the Board office, in writing, if your address changes.