Colorado Nurse Aide Registry

Colorado Nurse Aide Registry
Colorado Board of Nursing
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350,
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 894-2430

How to Become a CNA in Colorado

Individuals who wish to become certified nurse aides in Colorado must first complete a state-approved training program. State-approved programs typically entail a minimum of 80 hours. Once they’ve completed the required training, the candidates must take and pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination. The NNAAP exam consists of a written/oral knowledge test and a skills’ test. Prospective CNAs must pass both tests in the exam. Pearson VUE is responsible for administering the certification examination for nurse aides in Colorado as well as managing the registry.


Online Verification of Colorado Nurse Aide Certification

Certified Nurse Aides or employers can verify their certification online.

Online Certification Verification

Certification Renewal for Colorado Nurse Aides

CNAs must renew their certifications every 24 months by January 31st on even years. You can apply online on the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies website.

Application for certification renewal

Reinstatement of Expired Nurse Aide Certificate

Nurse aides whose certification has expired can apply for reinstatement online. They must attest to one of the following:

  • Having completed a minimum of 8 hours of paid nursing care activities within the past two years. The 8 hours could have been performed in any state.
  • Having passed the CNA nurse aide certification in the last two years (24 months).

Application to reinstate an expired license

CNA Certification Transfer to Colorado

Certified Nurse Aides who have obtained their certification in another state can be certified in Colorado without examination. They must apply for CNA licenses by endorsement online. In addition, they can work prior to obtaining Colorado certification if their certification has been verified. Eligibility will be lost if the process of certification in Colorado is not complete within 4 months of employment.