Nurses who are unable to renew their CNA certification credential owing to personal or professional reasons may request, before their certification expires, that their certification be declared inactive.
Inactive status provides nurses with an additional three years to meet their renewal requirements. However, eligibility requirements must be fulfilled within the five years before the date of status reactivation. Inactive status begins the day after the last day of the certification term. Certification status can be reactivated at any time during the three-year term as long as the candidate meets all of the renewal eligibility requirements in effect at the time. If renewal requirements change during the period of inactivation, these must be met. The certification credential will be reactivated when the certification renewal application form and fee are submitted and the application has been approved.
Inactive status cannot be extended past one three-year term. The request for inactive status must be submitted to CNA before the certification expiry date. The candidate cannot use the CNA certification credential during the inactive period.
If a candidate does not apply for reactivated status before the end of the three-year inactive status term, the certification credential will lapse. To earn the credential at a future date, the candidate will be required to meet all of the eligibility criteria in effect at that time and write the exam.
The fee for the inactive status application is $158 + GST or HST and is non-refundable.
If there are extenuating circumstances affecting reactivation, please contact the CNA Certification Program office to discuss those circumstances before your three-year inactive status term ends.
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