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 Colorado CNA Registry approved CNA program. State-approved programs typically entail a minimum of 80 hours. Once they’ve completed the required classes, 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.
- Nurse Aide Approved Education Programs
- Candidate Handbook
- Step by Step Instructions for Online Registration
- Schedule a Test to Become a Certified Nurse Aide in Colorado
Online Verification of Colorado Nurse Aide Certification
Certified Nurse Aides or employers can verify their certification online on the Colorado.gov website.
Certification Renewal for Colorado Nurse Aides
The CNA registry in Colorado requires CNAs to renew their certifications every 24 months by January 31st on even years. You can apply online on the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies website.
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).
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.