Alaska CNA Registry Guide

A comprehensive guide to the Alaska CNA Registry: From application to renewal

Welcome to the gateway for becoming a CNA in Alaska! The Alaska CNA Registry serves as the authoritative hub, ensuring the qualification, competence, and adherence to standards for all CNAs in the state. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get on the Alaska CNA Registry and essential details for maintaining an active status.

Requirements to get on the Alaska CNA Registry


You will be required to pay the examination fees ($100), the fingerprint fees ($75) and the certificate fees ($100) before taking the NNAPP Examination, which you must pass in order to appear on the Registry.

Minimum Age

Some training schools will require you to be at least 17 years old to apply.

Minimum Education

Training school may require to have a high school diploma or a GED.

Training Requirements

To qualify you must have gone followed the state-required training program consisting of a minimum of 140 hours of training, including a minimum of 60 hours of classrom and 80 hours of clinicical/skills.

Competency Test

To be certified on the Alaska Nurse Aide Registry, you must pass the two-part test of the NNAPP Examination, the written (or oral) examination and the skills evaluation. You must pass both examinations in order to be issued an Alaska CNA certification. To do so, you must create an account with Credentia. Find more information on taking the examination in the Candidate Handbook.

You will need to complete the application form, which can be found here in paper form, or on the online portal, here. You will need to complete Section I of the Verification of Nurse Aide Training form, submit it to the school or facility where you completed your nurse aide training program. The training program will complete the form and return it to the Registry.

Background Check

You will have to agree to and pass a fingerprint check in order to be allowed to take the NNAPP Eximination. In submitting your forms to take the examination, you will need to provide an original 8″ x 8″ card (FD-258). An incorrect card will be automatically rejected. The fingerprint card submitted as part of your application should be sent directly to the Alaska Board of Nursing (see address below) who will submit it to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to perform a criminal background check.

Applying to appear on the Alaska CNA Registry

Where to apply

You do not need to apply directly. Once you have passed the examinations you will be added to the registry.

Required Documentation

When you register to pass the examinations, the provider will submit all of your supporting documentation to the Registry, which will include the verification of training form.


You will not be able to become a registered abuse if you fail to pass the background check.

Processing Time

Up to 7 business days after the examinations have been passed.

How to keep your license on the Alaska CNA Registry

Stay Active

The certification period is for 24 months, and you must renew every 2 years by providing verification that you have worked a minimum of eight hours during the 24-month time frame.

You may not work in Alaska if your license has lapsed; it is illegal.


You can renew your application online, via the MyAlaska portal, or by paper by filling out this form.

If you are submitting your renewal using the paper form, you must:

  1. Answer all the questions and provide any required supported evidence or documentation.
  2. Make the checks and money orders payable to the State of Alaska or use the credit card payment form attached to the form.
  3. Mail your application to Nurse Aide Registry at the address set out below in “Alaska Registry and contact details”. Emailed applications will not be accepted.

Once the renewal is processed, your license certificate will be available for printing via the MyAlaska portal.

Processing time: 4 to 6 weeks.

Reactivate your expired license

If the certification has expired for more than 12 months but less than 5 years. Your certification may be reinstated if you meet one of the two qualification options:

  1. OPTION 1: Continuing education and employment
    • You have completed (and can show evidence) all continuing education requirements that would have been required to maintain a current certification for the entire period the certification was lapsed. Note that continuing education contact hours used for reinstatement cannot be used to satisfy the continuing education for the next biennial certification period.
    • AND
    • You were employed (and can show evidence) in another state or territory of the United States, or in a province of Canada, as a certified nurse aide for monetary compensation for at least 160 hours within the two years immediately preceding the date of application.
  2. OPTION 2: You have successfully completed a competency evaluation within the 24 months immediately preceding the application for reinstatement.

Alaska CNA reciprocity

For those seeking reciprocity, additional information can be found on our Alaska CNA Reciprocity page.

Alaska Registry and contact details

Link to Registry:

Link to license lookup:

Contact information:
Email: BoardOfNursing@Alaska.Gov
Phone: (907) 269-8160
Address: 550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1500, Anchorage, AK 99501-3567