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How to Transfer Your CNA Certification to Kentucky

Individuals who hold a CNA certification in one state and wish to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant in Kentucky, will need to transfer their certification. This process is also known as applying for reciprocity.  Not all states offer reciprocity, however Kentucky does offer reciprocity, which means if you completed your training and certification in another state that individuals can simply transfer their credentials without having to repeat the process.

During the process of reciprocity, Kentucky will review your credentials as a certified nursing assistant in the other state before being approved and placing your name on the state's nurse aide registry.

What to do if you do not have an active status in another state:

For those who have let their certification expire, and are no longer active on their own states nurse aide registry will need to take an approved training course and the competency evaluation in Kentucky.

For those who do have an active status on another sate nurse aide registry will need to submit the following:

  • Full Name (First, Middle, and Last)
  • Telephone Number
  • Mailing Address
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • State Transferring From
  • Certification/Registration Number
  • Copies of Social Security Card, Driver's License and State CNA Certification

Mail to:
Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry
312 Whittington Pkwy, Ste 300-A
Louisville, KY 40222-5172
Fax to: 502-429-1247

Once this is completed, the process of reciprocity is complete and individuals will have successfully have their CNA certification transfer to the state of Kentucky. Its import to remember to renew your Nurse Aide certification when the time comes. Your Kentucky Certified Nursing Assistant certification will be valid for two years from the date of issue. At the end of 24 months, individuals must submit proof that they have carried out nursing-related duties as a CNA for a minimum of eight hours over the past 24 months and received pay for your work. 

Proof of employment can be one of the following:

  • Paycheck Stub
  • W-2 form OR
  • Letter from a healthcare facility on official letterhead

The following information must also be included with the renewal request:

  • Full Name (First, Middle, and Last)
  • Social Security Number or SRNA Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Current Mailing Address
  • Telephone Number

For those who can't provide proof of Employment, they will be required to retake the NA classes and state exam again. This is why it is so important to keep your certification active after you have transferred your CNA to Kentucky.