Note: If an applicant fails to pass the nursing assistant competency examination in three attempts, the applicant is not eligible for reexamination unless the applicant completes an approved training program.
Effective July 1, 2012, Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes (F.S.), provides that health care boards or the department shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant:
Applicants, both first-time and re-certifying, must pass the Prometric CNA Exam which is a two-part examination, consisting of a written and a performance (skills) section. The Written Test is a ninety (90) minute test with sixty (60) multiple-choice questions written in English. An Oral or Spanish Test may be requested for the Written Test if you have difficulty reading English and you must ask for it when you submit your application. The Manual Skills Evaluation requires the applicant to perform five (5) randomly selected nursing assistant skills.
Educators with a temporary certificate qualify to upgrade to a professional certificate. They must meet professional education competency requirements, which include passing Florida certification exams. Graduate training and teaching experience also meet the requirements.
A temporary teaching certificate in Florida lets educators work at public schools while completing professional certification requirements. Florida offers multiple pathways to a temporary teaching certificate. For example, educators with a bachelor's degree who pass Florida's subject area examination qualify. So do those who majored in the content area they plan to teach.
Florida measures subject area knowledge in several ways. Candidates meet temporary teaching certificate requirements with subject area examination passing scores, out-of-state teaching certificates, or board certification.
When educators apply for a temporary teaching certificate, they list their subject area specialization. Florida temporary teaching certificate requirements include meeting any degree or course requirements for the subject area. Passing a Florida subject area examination or holding an out-of-state teaching license or board certification meets this requirement as well.
Florida temporary teaching certificate requirements include passing a subject area examination. Florida offers exams in 39 subject areas. Prospective teachers who do not pass the subject area examination can retake the test after 30 days. The Florida Teacher Certification Examinations website provides additional information.
Educators may add a subject or endorsement to their Florida temporary teaching certificate. After receiving a temporary certificate, educators submit an application package that shows completion of subject coverage or endorsement requirements. These typically include coursework and an examination in the additional area.