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How to Transfer your CNA Certification to Florida

Florida provides many certified nursing assistant employment opportunities. To work legally as a CNA in Florida, you must meet the necessary requirements of the state. The Florida Board of Nursing carries out these laws to qualify applicants wishing to work in the state.

Individuals may submit an application by Reciprocity for a CNA certificate in Florida if they hold a valid active certification that is in good standing with another state.

In order for you to transfer your certification to Florida individuals must

  • Be currently licensed in your present state and be listed in that state's Certified Nursing Assistant registry, and in good standing.
  • Must not have been found guilty of abuse, neglect or exploitation.
  • Submit documents that show proof of a certificate of completion from the nurse aide training course.
  • Submit an electronic fingerprints from a Livescan agent for a background check.

You will need to submit the completed application to the Florida Board of Nursing.  Your eligibility is based on results of background screening that the Florida Board of Nursing determines. Once all of the necessary items are submitted, your application will be reviewed by an application specialist. Sometimes it is necessary for the specialist to ask for additional information.

The Florida Board of Nursing will make an effort to verify your CNA Certification in the jurisdiction in which you currently holds a certificate.  However, in the event that the Board Office is unable to verify the license you will be sent a certification verification form that will need to be filled out by the jurisdiction in which you currently holds a license.  Provided that you meet all of the state requirements you will then be placed on the Florida Certified Nursing Assistant Registry. You can fill out the application online at

To remain active on the Florida CNA registry individuals must

  • have worked performing nursing-related services for monetary compensation within the last 24 consecutive months
  • Have at least 24 in-service hours during the two-year renewal period

Certification can be renewed online at

In Florida the medical field has a strong need for Certified Nursing Assistant for Long Term Care facilities, hospitals and even in home health care. So if you decide to move to the state you will have a great chance of landing a job in almost any area you choose.