How to Become a Travel Nurse

Steps for Licensure, Certification & Compliance Requirements

Getting Licensed

We will help you get licensed in whichever state you choose! For example, we can help you expedite the process in California, which is one of the highest paying and most sought after destinations and thus has longer than average wait times. To become licensed you must apply separately in each state unless you maintain a permanent residence in a compact state. In that case, you can travel among the 31 states that participate in multi-state licensure (see map below). Every state has its own set of requirements, and we help you navigate them all.

Map of Nursing Compact States (NCL) for travel nurses

Degrees and Certifications

As a travel nurse, you don’t need any additional degrees or certifications that are different from what you’d need to be a staff nurse.

Work Experience

You will need at least one year of experience in your specialty, preferably in a hospital setting, before you can become a travel nurse. Some hospitals require two or more years of experience, and others require previous travel nursing experience. Speak with your recruiter to find assignments that will best fit your level of experience.

Compliance Requirements

Your personal Aya team will include a credentialing specialist to help you navigate and stay on top of any required paperwork. If you ever need guidance, they will be right there to help you with any of the following:

If you ever need anything updated, your credentialing specialist will contact you!