Due to the pandemic, many healthcare workers licensed by the CA Department of Consumer Affairs and the CA Department of Public Health are permitted to delay earning our Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in order to renew our licenses.
Always check with your specific licensing board to get the latest information on renewal requirements.
The Department of Consumer Affairs issued a new CE extension waiver for licensees that expire between October 1, 2021 and October 31, 2021. Licensees have until March 31, 2022 to satisfy any waived CE requirements, unless the waiver is further extended. For licensees expiring between March 2020 and September 2021, they have until January 31, 2022 to satisfy any waived CE requirements.
Licensees Under the California Department of Public Health
The CDPH administers the certification/licenses for nurse assistants (CNAs), home health aides (HHAs), hemodialysis technicians (CHTs), Phlebotomists and Radiological Technicians. Below are specific CEU adjustments during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- CNAs: During the state of emergency, CNAs are allowed to complete any or all of the 48 hours of in-service/CEU through an online program or a distance learning program. Typically CNAs are limited to 24 hours of online instruction. CNAs have two years from the expiration of their certificate to complete their 48 hours. In addition, CNAs whose certificate expired within the previous two years (and not more than two years) or will expire during the state of emergency may continue to work during the state of emergency without renewal.
- Effective December 31, 2021, the above waiver will expire. All CNAs with an existing waiver must complete in-service and continuing education requirements and renew their certification to continue providing care. CDPH encourages submission of renewal applications well in advance of the waiver expiring.
- Radiological Technicians: CEU requirements have been waived if the worker’s certificate/permit expires between March 30, 2020 through June 30, 2021. All that will be needed to renew their certificate is the renewal fee and the signed renewal form.
- Phlebotomists: There are no CEU waivers for this classification.