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Is background screening a requirement for certification as a certified nursing assistant?

Yes, background screening is required by Florida law for this certificate/license. All offenses are reviewed.

How will the candidate know if he is not clear to be certified?

If the result of his background report shows arrests and offenses, or incomplete dispositions, they will receive a notice from the Board office requesting additional information. Depending on the types and seriousness of the offenses, the applicant’s file may go before the Board of Nursing for further review. If the Board denies the applicant’s file, the applicant will receive an official Intent to Deny Order and will have right of appeal.

Can I still sit for the exam even though there’s something in my background?

Each application is reviewed on its own merits. The Board of Nursing has created guidelines for specific offenses to be cleared in the Board office; however, the staff cannot make determinations in advance as laws and rules do change over time. Violent crimes and repeat offenders are required to be presented to the Board of Nursing for review. Evidence of rehabilitation is important to the Board Members when making licensure decisions.

What is a Level 2 background screening?

A Level 2 background screening is a state and national background check conducted pursuant to Chapter 435, F.S. for employment.

When is a background check required for the CNA applicant?

All new CNA applications to the testing company (Prometric)  and by reciprocity will be required to have a background screen prior to certification.

How will the candidate know about the fee and background requirement?

The testing company includes a notice of the fees in the application bulletin for the CNA applicants by Examination. Information regarding the background requirements and screening are also reflected in the application for CNAs by reciprocity.

How will the candidate know if his background check is clear?

Applicants for certification by examination will not be made eligible to test until the file is considered complete and clearable. Applicants for certification by reciprocity will be licensed once the file is considered complete and clearable.

When the background report is clear, meaning no criminal history, how long will it take to obtain the FDLE background report, screen it, and issue the license?

For the applicant by examination – If the application is properly completed, the request to the FDLE agency has no errors, and the background result is clear, the applicant will be granted eligibility to test and the license will be issued in approximately 14 days after passing the exam.

For the applicant by reciprocity – If the application is properly completed, the request to the FDLE agency has no errors, and the background result is clear, the license will be issued upon determination.

If the Board denies the candidate a license, will he receive any refund of testing and background fees?

No, there are no refunds if the Board does not approve the candidate. This is the same as in any other health care practitioner application or testing process.

Can I be disqualified or ineligible to work as a certified nursing assistant?

Yes. To be eligible for employment in long-term care as a certified nursing assistant, you must hold current certification and have no disqualifying offenses as outlined in Chapter 435 and Section 408.809, Florida Statutes. Licensees with a disqualifying offense may apply for an exemption (employment waiver) in order to work in certain facilities.

Can only felonies disqualify me from employment?

No, both felonies and misdemeanors may be disqualifying. The disqualifying offenses are outlined in Chapter 435 and Section 408.809, Florida Statutes.

What do I do if I am told I am disqualified from employment due to a problem with my background screening?

If you hold a CNA certificate, you may request an exemption review through the Registry. If it is determined the disqualifying offenses  do not make you ineligible for employment, you will be granted an exemption, thereby, allowing you to return to work.

What is the employer or training program role to the potential CNA exam candidate?

Their role is to inform and educate the candidate of the requirement and the process for background screening prior to the certification.

Is a background check required when entering a CNA training program/school?

The training program/school may have its own background requirement, but the Department of Health does not have a requirement for a background check prior applying for certification.

What is the difference between a background check used for employment screening and a background screening used for licensing/certification purposes?

For licensure or certification by the Board of Nursing, all criminal offenses are screened and reviewed prior to licensure or certification. For employment background screening, the employer uses a specified list of disqualifying offenses pursuant to Chapter 435 and Section 408.809, Florida Statute. If the employee has one of these specified offenses, he cannot be employed until he receives an exemption.