Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question about your application with the state or regarding your certification renewals (not about the exam)?
Contact the California Department of Public Health at 916-327-2445
Where can I access course review material?
Amgen Core Curriculum for the Dialysis Technician
Purchase the book: Review of Hemodialysis for Nurses and Dialysis Personnel.
I am a Nationally Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT/CHT/CCNT) not living in California, what do I need to do to be able to work as a Hemodialysis Technician in California?
You must be certified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) by meeting the following requirements and submitting your application to CDPH for approval:
A high-school diploma or equivalent (GED)
Completion of a State of California-approved training program
A passing grade on the California Kidney Care Alliance (California Dialysis Council) State Approved Exam or one of the CMS-approved National Exams
As a Nationally Certified Hemodialysis Technician you must have already met requirements # 1 and 3, but still need to have successfully completed a California state approved training program. At the discretion of the dialysis facility, you may be able to work as a Trainee Patient Care Technician while you complete the facility's training program.
I have passed the CDC State exam and am certified by the State. Do I also have to take and pass one of the National Exams to work in California?
No, you only need to pass one exam: The CDKA exam or one of the CMS-approved National Exams.
If I take the nationally available certification test, can I use that to become certified in other states?
Each state is different. You should contact the state in which you choose to work and inquire about their specific requirements.
Where can I take a technician exam and what is the fee for the testing?
California Kidney Care Alliance (California Dialysis Council)
PO Box 10
Manhattan Beach, CA 90267
Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) offered by the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC)
East Holly Avenue, Box 56
Pittman, NJ 08071-0056
Board of Nephrology Examiners for Nursing and Technology (BONENT)
901 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 607
Washington DC 20006
National Nephrology Certification Organization (NNCO) examination
1350 Broadway 17th floor
New York, NY 10018
How can I view available test dates and times at my nearest testing center?
Click here to view available test dates and times at a testing center near you. Select the first option in the dropdown, then select CA Dialysis Council.
What happens if I take an exam and fail?
If you fail, you can re-register for the exam in five days. You will be charged another $240 fee.
How many times can I take the CDC exam or any of the CMS approved national certification examinations?
At this time there are no limits on the number of times that an exam may be taken, with certain restrictions. You should contact the exam organizations (listed above) directly to obtain the most current information.
I have passed the CDC Exam and am currently certified in California. I am planning on moving to another state, will the CDC Exam be accepted in that state?
No, contact that state's department of public health directly for current information.
If I pass a National Certification Exam, will I need to maintain that National Certification in order to continue working in California?
Not in California, but other states may vary.
What if I’m BONENT certified? Can I work in California without taking the California exam?
You must still meet ALL of the other requirements outlined above in order to work in California. Only technicians who have been certified by the California Department of Public Health may work in California.
What if I don't have a High School Diploma?
If you have at least 4 years of work experience, as of October 14, 2008, as a dialysis technician, you may supply evidence of such experience in lieu of a High School Diploma or equivalent. If you do not have this experience you will need to obtain a High School Diploma or its equivalent, such as the General Education Degree (GED). You may need to contact your high school's records office to obtain a copy if you do not have one.
What if I can't provide evidence that I successfully completed a training program that meets the requirements?
As per the California Business & Professions Code 1247, you must show evidence of completing a California state approved training program. You may accomplish this at your place of employment or at an approved private training school. OR A person employed as a hemodialysis technician by a California hemodialysis clinic or unit for more than two (2) years as of October 14, 2008, who does not have documentation of having successfully completed a training program, will be in compliance by doing both of the following:
Passing a written exam, offered by a hemodialysis clinic or unit, or a community or corporate-based training program; and
Passing a skills checklist through observation by a registered nurse
Where can I get a listing of approved training programs/schools?
The Hemodialysis Training Programs/Schools are approved by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and they maintain a listing on their web site at: www.cdph.ca.gov.
What are the CEU requirements for renewing my certification and how can I obtain them?
The Conditions for Coverage state the below information regarding renewal and CEU requirements:
(a) Certification of a hemodialysis technician issued by the department pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 1247.6 shall be valid for four (4) years.
(b) A certified hemodialysis technician applying for renewal of his or her certification shall submit proof that he or she has obtained 30 hours of in-service training or continuing education in dialysis care or general health care as a requirement for the renewal of his or her certification.
(c) An expired certification may be renewed at any time within two (2) years after its expiration on the filing of an application for renewal and documentation of the required in-service education.
(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 559, Sec. 7. Effective October 11, 2009.)
A hemodialysis technician may obtain the in-service training or continuing education required by subdivision (b) of Section 1247.63 from one or more of the following sources:
(a) Health-related courses offered by accredited postsecondary institutions.
(b) Health-related courses offered by continuing education providers approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
(c) Health-related courses offered by recognized health associations if the department determines the courses to be acceptable.
(d) Health-related, employer-sponsored in-service training or continuing education programs.
(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 559, Sec. 8. Effective October 11, 2009.)