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
The Alaska Board of Nursing supervises certification of nurse aides as well as maintenance of the Alaska nurse aide abuse registry.
How to Become a CNA in Alaska
To become a CNA in Alaska, you must graduate from a state-approved CNA training program. State-approved programs entail 140 hours of training, which consist of a minimum of 60 hours of classroom instruction and 80 hours of clinical/skills training.
Once you complete the program, you need to apply for a seat to take the CNA Competency exam. Upon completion, you can apply for CNA certification in Alaska.
How to Verify Your CNA License in Alaska
Employers can verify a CNA license via the website of The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, the Division of Corporation, Business & Professional Licensing. They will need to have the license number ready to perform the search and access the records. The verification fee is $20.
How to Renew Your CNA Certification in Alaska
All CNA certifications must be renewed before March 31st of even-numbered years irrespective of when the certificate was issued. CNAs are mailed renewal notices 60 days prior to expiration date. The new certificates will be issued within 90 days of the renewal expiration and will be effective through the next 24 months.
There are two types of nurse aide certifications renewals:
- A biennial certificate renewal for certificates issued on or before March 31st of the previous year. This certificate entails a $100 fee.
- A prorated certificate renewal for certificates issued on or after April 1st of the previous year. It entails a $50 fee.
Continuing education compliance criteria for nurse aide certificate renewal include:
- 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 CAN are required for nurse aides that have held certification for less than a year.
Transferring your Out-of-State CNA Certification to Alabama
The application for Certified Nurse Aide by Endorsement applies to CNAs certified in other states that wish to transfer their CAN certificate to Alaska. Along with the application, candidates must include a cumulative fee of $279:
- $50.00 Application Fee
- $120.00 Certification Fee
- $59.00 Fingerprint Processing Fee
- $50.00 Examination Fee
Reinstatement of Nurse Aide Certification in Alaska
Nurse aide certification reinstatement is different than CNA certification renewal. Reinstatement applies to a Nurse Aide Certification that has been lapsed for more than 1 year and less than 5 years. Such a certificate may be reinstated if the applicant meets the qualifications mentioned in the following application form: