There are two primary ways to become a certified nursing assistant in Michigan. You can attend a CNA training course and then pass the CNA certification exam, or you can apply to have your certification from another state accepted in Michigan. In that instance, you will still need to complete and pass a written and skills exam before working as a nursing assistant.
Michigan Training Requirements
In order to qualify to sit for the nursing assistant competency exam in Michigan, you will need to attend a training course. This course must be approved by the state of Michigan if you wish to start a career as a CNA. Courses will offer 75 hours of training to prepare you for your career as a nursing assistant. You will also need to complete 16 hours of supervised clinical experience before you will be eligible to sit for the certification exam.
You must complete all aspects of your training class before you can sit for the certification exam. The certification exam for nursing assistants highlights both a written and skills portion. Both parts of this test must be passed before you will be granted your certification.
Michigan CNA Certification Renewal
You will notice that your nursing assistant certification has an expiration date. You will need to renew your license before this date. The process of CNA certification renewal is not difficult. The Nurse Aide Registry in the state will send you recertification forms a couple months before your license is set to expire. You will need to complete and return these forms before the due date.
You will not be eligible to renew your certification if you have not worked as a nursing assistant for the past 2 years. It is important to make sure you work at least 8 hours in a 24-month period as a CNA. If your certification has expired, you will need to renew it as soon as possible.
Contact the nursing aide registry to request to be exempt from repeating training if your license has expired. You will need to prove that you have worked for at least 8 hours as a nursing assistant in the last two years. Forms and fees will need to be submitted in order to renew your certification.
Transferring a CNA Certification From Another State to Michigan
If you worked as a certified nursing assistant in another state, it is often possible to transfer your certification to Michigan. You will need to contact the Michigan Nurse Aide Registry to ask for an exemption form. This form is your request to be excused from taking a nursing assistant training course in Michigan. You will need to provide proof of your active CNA certification from another state. If your certification is accepted, you will still need to take the nursing assistant exam for the state of Michigan before being granted certification.
The exact steps to transfer your license are as follows:
1. Obtain the form requesting exemption from a CNA training course:
2. Obtain a copy of your CNA certificate from all states where you hold a CNA certification.
3. Complete the Nursing Assistant certification verification form. There will be a section for you to complete and a section to be completed by the nursing aide registry where you are certified. Submit this form to that state’s registry. They will fill out their portion and forward it to the state of Michigan.
4. It is necessary to submit employment verification information if your state does not list an expiration date for CNA certification or if your certification has expired. A letter must be submitted from your past/present employer. It is necessary to have worked as a CNA for at least 8 hours in the past two years. The form must be completed by the healthcare facility’s administrator or director or nursing. It should state when you started and stopped working.
5. Send your request for exemption from the training course to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulation-Bureau of Health Professionals-PO BOX 30670-Lansing, MI 48909.
If you are not sure about how to become certified as a nursing assistant in Michigan, you can contact the Nursing Aide Registry. You can also talk to instructors at training centers offering state-approved training programs. Helpful links: Free Nurse aide classes in Michigan and CNA training classes in Michigan
Q:I live in Dearborn, Mi. and am a certified Nurse’s Aide due to renew her license in this state in one year.. I know one of the requirements for renewal is verification of job experience as an aide…my questions are: 1. How much experience is required? 2. What type of verification is acceptable and 3. Would CNA work in a private home qualify for this experience or must you have worked in a long term care facility or through an agency to qualify?
A: You need to have verification of at least one day of work for pay in the 2 years of your certification period. Agencies can provide this verification but it is almost impossible to get it if you’re working as a HHA.