CNA Certification in Georgia

You can start a career in which you can provide basic nursing services and care services for patients.  Consider training to become a certified nursing assistant.  There are many nursing assistant training courses in Georgia.

Required Training Hours in Georgia

In the state of Georgia, you will need to attend a certified nursing assistant program that includes at least 85 total hours of training.  Some training program will be more extensive and as such offer even more hours of training.  You will complete classroom training and hands-on clinical training during the course of your course.  It is necessary to attend a program that has been approved by the state or Georgia in order to be eligible to sit for the nursing assistant training program.

Renewal of CNA Certification

CNA certification must be renewed every two years in order for nursing assistants to retain a current and active certification.  You will notice that your CNA certification actually lists an expiration date.  You will need to complete the process of renewal in advance of that date.  Expect to receive your renewal forms in the mail about two months before your license will expire.

You can also find the renewal form at: Complete all forms in their entirety and do not forget to submit any requested documents.

You will need to have worked as a nursing assistant, for pay, for a minimum of eight hours within the past 2 years. If you have not met this requirement, it will be necessary for you to re-take the Written/Oral and Skills Certification Competency Examination.

Transfer CNA License via Reciprocity to Georgia

In the state of Georgia, it is possible to receive certification through reciprocity.  Reciprocity is when one state accepts nursing assistant certification from another state.  You can transfer your CNA certification to Georgia if you have an active certification in another state.  You will need to complete an application for reciprocity.  The state of Georgia will review your application and verify that you attended a state-approved training program, passed the certification exam and were employed as a CNA.

.The reciprocity form can be found at:

For your certification to be accepted for transfer to Georgia, the following guidelines apply:

  • You will need to be listed as a CNA in good standing in the Nursing Aide Registry of your former state.
  • Your application for reciprocity will not be approved if you have any felony convictions or have been accused of any crimes or misconduct against patients in your previous state.
  • You must have been paid to work as a CNA for at least 8 hours during the past two years under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
  • You cannot apply for reciprocity if you have allowed your certification to lapse.
  • You must also have a valid social security card, which matches the name and social security number listed on your State’s Registry.


If you have to enroll in a training program make sure you check out our page of Accredited CNA classes in Georgia


Q: I have a certificate from Mississippi which has 80 hours and i needed 85 hours because i live in Georgia now what am i to do im stressed?
A: You might need to retake the certification exam in Georgia but it is very unlikely that they will make you re do the whole training program in Georgia. Your best bet is to contact the nurse Aide registry. Their website is at

Q: I took my certification test the first week of February, i passed and i saw my name listed on the Georgia registry, how long does it take to receive my certificate in the mail?
A: It normally takes around 14 days to get your certificate in the mail. You can still apply for job vacancies and give them your registry ID. They can then check the online nurse aide registry to verify your credentials. Helpful link: Free CNA classes in Georgia

Q: I’m currently finishing my BSN, but I have to sit out a year before I can repeat my last class. I wanted to find a job in the meantime that will keep me in the hospital environment so I wouldn’t lose some of my skills. I’ve been told by several people that because I have so many clinical hours and nursing courses completed already that it would be possible to just take the CNA test. I wanted to know if this was true, and if so what all I needed to do. Thanks

A: Depending on your state of residence, you will be able to take the CNA exam and skip the classes. For instance, in North Carolina you can simply pay the fee for the exam (both written and skills test) and if you pass you are not required to take the classes. Contact your state board of CNA licensure and they will be able to tell you the exact steps to take. From what it sounds like though, you should have no problem.
Good luck and don’t give up on that BSN!

15 Responses to CNA Certification in Georgia

  1. brittney t. March 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    I took my certification test the first week of feburary, i passed and i saw my name listed on the georgia registry, how long does it take to receive my certificate in the mail?

  2. jacqueline white June 16, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    needing to know where i can get recertified in norcross ga.

  3. Renae January 24, 2012 at 4:20 am #

    Is it required to have a high school diploma or GED to be a CNA? I do not have a high school diploma or GED, but I am interested in becoming a CNA, will this be possible or do I need to my GED?

    • Admin January 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

      Having a GED is not a federal requirement. It is however sometimes required by training centers. If you look around, you’ll definitely find a training center that does not have a GED requirement. The Red Cross if I’m not mistaken allows people without GED’s to get trained.

  4. Betty Callender January 31, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    I have trying for about 3 months to get a change of address form .Please help me. Thanks Betty Callender

  5. henrietta butler March 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    I have been a nursing assistant since 1978 and certified since 1989.I have worked up till 2009 in a Hospital as a PCT patient care tech I was injured and out of work for almost two years. I now work for a hospice pt in his home since January 2011, I dont know where I stand at this point and I dont want to lose my certification.

  6. Toya April 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    I am a CNA in Alabama im moving to Georgia in a month. I applied for reciprocity in Georgia but I dont have a georgia address as of yet. Will i still be listed on the georgia regisitry?

  7. Kristen Kaiser August 1, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    I literally just got my cna license in florida. I plan to move to Georgia as soon as I have a job, so I planned to transfer my license and work at a hospital there. But I have no experience as a CNA as I JUST got my license less than a week ago. Will I still be able to transfer it? :/

  8. Donna August 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    I just completed my cna classes in SC an my husband an I are moving to GA how can I transfer my license to GA

  9. Tae January 8, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    I reside in Georgia and my license expired in March 2009. I have not worked as a cna or taken any CEUs. Would I have to take the entire course over to get recertified?

  10. audra February 22, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    I am certified in the state of Alabama wanting to transfer to Atlanta Georgia

  11. Connie Roberts July 4, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    I took my CNA test last Saturday. How long will it take for my name to be on the registr

  12. claudette September 29, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    I have not worked 8 hours in the past two years due to me being a caregiver for my son he is an LVAD patient and on the heart transplant list. I have been filling out applications for the past 3 months since he has been doing a lot betterand could not find a job.I do not want to lose my license.what can I do?

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