Many people have questions about the Level II background screening that is required for the CNA licensing exam in Florida. This article should help clear up some of the mystery surrounding this process.
Background Screening Requirements
REQUIREMENTS: Every testing candidate must undergo a Level II (National – FBI) background screening AND be registered in the Florida Clearinghouse prior to being cleared to test. The process is very simple (more on that later in the article) and you will NOT be issued a test date until this requirement has been met. Click here to view the official documentation on this requirement. Clearinghouse information
What if I already had a background check?
How will I know if I need this background check?
How does the background process work?
You will need to make an appointment with a LiveScan vendor. A complete list can be found by clicking HERE, but most students use one of the providers below because they have offices all over Florida and they are usually quick and convenient. Click on ONE provider from the list below to make an appointment. The costs for each are similar (budget about $80 for the fingerprinting process and screening).
Do I have to take the fingerprints anywhere?
No. This is a completely electronic process. The LiveScan vendor will capture your fingerprints, photo and signature and submit them to the appropriate agency electronically. There is nothing more for you to do.
What happens after I have my fingerprints and picture taken?
The state of Florida will evaluate your background for disqualifying offenses (see related article HERE on AllCNAs.com) and, if they find nothing that precludes you from testing, will issue a testing clearance to Prometric (the testing agency) electronically. Once this clearance is received by Prometric, they will assign you a testing date. This process usually takes 7-10 business days from submission of fingerprints; however processing times can be considerably longer during peak application times (i.e., mid-April through June). You will receive an email from Prometric with an attachment that provides your testing date, testing site information and directions to the testing site. Print this attachment and bring it to the testing center with you on testing day.
Should I get my fingerprints done before I apply for the test?
No. You should submit your application to Prometric (either by mail or online) and follow the procedure above. Submitting fingerprints without an agency to deliver them to is counter-productive and can delay your processing. Using an agency other than a LiveScan vendor will render your fingerprints invalid. You MUST apply to Prometric for the CNA state exam, wait for the confirmation email and evaluate whether your record was found. If it states “Record Not Found” make an appointment with an authorized LiveScan Vendor and submit your fingerprints, photo and signature. Any deviation from this process will result in a testing delay or a disqualification of your submission.
Can I get my fingerprints done at the Sheriff's office (or other agency)?
No. You must use an approved LiveScan vendor. The background check must include photo and fingerprints under the appropriate code.