Texas certified nurse aides, or CNAs, must renew their licenses every two years by submitting an employment-verification form to the Department of Aging and Disability Services. Employers often submit the form, demonstrating that CNAs completed paid nursing work. As of Sept. 1, 2013, CNAs must also complete a minimum of 24 hours of in-service education on relevant care topics, such as dementia and geriatrics, during the licensing period.
If necessary, CNAs can submit verification on their own behalf using the paper form or a simplified online version. However, online renewal is only available to workers with a current license or one that expired within 365 days. To use the online service, CNAs need to enter a Social Security number and a license number. After accepting the option to renew, they must answer verification questions, submit any necessary change-of-address information and provide a payment method.
Although the expiration date isn't listed on the license, the Department of State Health Services licensing board sends renewal notices approximately 60 to 90 days before expiration. A CNA who fails to renew the license and fulfill mandatory education requirements is removed from the Nurse Aide Registry. When CNAs want to reinstate their licenses after the one-year grace period for expiration, they must satisfy a Nurse Aide Training Competency evaluation, or NATCEP.