CNA Certification in North Carolina

You can work as a nursing assistant and perform nursing related duties for patients in healthcare setting by receiving your nursing assistant training and passing the certification exam.  There are well over 100 training courses and programs available within the state of North Carolina.  Programs can be found at nursing care facilities, community colleges and other institutes of higher education.

Training Requirements and Hours

Training programs that make you eligible to sit for the nursing assistant certification test are approved and regulated by the Division of Health Service Regulation in North Carolina.  The courses must meet the requirements set forth by this department.

The courses will provide you with training to provide basic nursing services (mainly those that are non-medical).  You will learn to preserve the rights and dignity of your patients and to perform your duties safely and effectively.  Nursing assistant training courses in North Carolina will be at least 75 hours to meet the minimum requirements set forth by the Federal government.

You will need to complete all portions of a training course before you can apply to sit for the nursing assistant competency exam.  The tests are administered by the Pearson VUE company and meet all standards set forth by the state of North Carolina.

Certified Nursing Assistant License Renewal in North Carolina

You will need to renew your certification every 2 years in North Carolina. In order to qualify, you must work as a nursing aide providing Nurse Aide I tasks for compensation a minimum of 8 hours under a registered nurse during the 24 month period. You will receive a listing application (scannable form) by mail about 3 months prior to the due date. Instructions on how to complete the scannable form can be found at:  Follow the directions and submit the ORIGINAL completed form by mail to: Center for Aide Regulation and Education- 2709 Mail Service Center- Raleigh, N.C. 27699-2709. If you have any questions regarding the form, you can call 919-855-3969.

If you have not worked a minimum of 8 hours over the last 2 years, you will not be able to renew your certification. You will be required to re-train and/or retest to renew your certification in the state of North Carolina.

Transfer Nursing Assistant Certification to North Carolina Via Reciprocity

It is important to know that North Carolina is one of the few states that does not allow an individual to transfer a CNA certification from another state to North Carolina. This state does not offer the opportunity for individuals to apply to be listed on the North Carolina Nursing Aide Registry through endorsement or reciprocity. There are two ways for individuals who are certified in another state to become listed on the Nursing Aide Registry in North Carolina. You can take the Nurse Aide I training (or comparable) and pass the competency test or pass the state approved Nursing Aide I competency test. Some individuals will not be able to sit for the competency exam right away but instead will need to attend a state approved training course than pass the required exam. You can contact the Center for Aide Regulation and Education Branch for more information by calling 919-855-3969.

Also check out: Free CNA programs in North Carolina and CNA classes in North Carolina


Q: My daughter just finished a cna II course in North Carolina. Her class ended the 6th of April 2012. She just went online to register as cna II on the ncbon website and it says it,s past 30 days. Well she had no idea about this since it is different than when she listed as a cna I. The instructor may have informed them at their graduation, but she wasn’t able to attend because she had finals for another class. So she was completely unaware of the 30 deadline to list. Does anyone know if there is anything to do? I would certainly hope she wouldn’t have to start all over because of 10 or days.

A: Unfortunately I was unable to find any way around this rule. I too live in NC and knowing how strict they are on these things, I regretfully tell you that she may just have to take the class all over. In this state we are not even allowed to challage the NAII exam. The only thing I can recommend that you try is talking to head of the NAII board and seeing if they will maybe waive the rule due to extinuating circumstances. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you!

28 Responses to CNA Certification in North Carolina

  1. Gina Suber September 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    Are there any facility in the Raleigh-durham NC area that provide the CNA training?

  2. Sandy Prewitt December 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

    What site do I go to look up my state CNA certification number? I passed my test and I
    do not remember my number. This is for the state of North Carolina. I passed my test
    on 9/27/2011. Can you please help me?

    • Shadae September 30, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

      You can go to the Pearson Vue website and look at the state your in and just put in your social security number and it will pop up for you.

  3. LoranaBentz January 18, 2012 at 4:35 am #

    I saw my mother being abused almost three diffent times in a month now by the same CNA.. The DON denied it didn’t happen, even thou they gave her a different one.. Who or Where In NC do I complain to to have her license pulled??

  4. Terra Smith January 23, 2012 at 3:22 am #

    I am trying to get into the pne program this fall at MTCC and all i need is my cna and two classes. I have done cna work for almost six years but where i work we are considered health care techs. I want to be able to do just a refresher course and take the test. And not have to be in class for 6 weeks. Any suggestions?

    • Admin January 23, 2012 at 10:52 am #

      Admission to refresher courses usually has to be approved by the state board that regulates CNA’s (DOH or CNA Registry). I’m afraid the only option available considering you haven’t held a valid CNA license is to undertake the full training. A full time training course usually lasts for less than 4 weeks.

  5. LaMonica Coleman February 22, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    is it possible to get certified in NC if i have two misdemeanors on my record

    • Jenn March 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

      Hi LaMonica, Yes you can. I’m sure it varies with each charge, but you will be able to.

  6. Jenn March 1, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    I let my CNA expire while I was in nursing school. I never thought I would work as a CNA when I graduated. Now….I am having the hardest time finding a job as a New Grad RN in Charlotte, NC. Does anyone know what I would have to do to get my CNA certification back since I’m already a RN? Any suggestions would be very helpful.

  7. Carlo Pearce April 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    I was wondering if there is any way I can challenge the NC cna test? I took the training 3 years ago and wanted to know if I could take the test with out retaking the classes all over again?

  8. Kay May 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Do you know of anyone I could work under for 8 hrs so I can keep my CNA 2 certification? Would need to be close to Winston Salem, Walnut Cove, Mt. Airy, Elkin area.

    • Stephanie May 4, 2016 at 11:49 pm #

      Oak Forest Health and Rehabiliation it’s in Winston Salem close to Rural Hall.

  9. krystyles1246 June 27, 2012 at 6:54 am #

    Where can I go in north Carolina to take my state board exam…

  10. nikki August 9, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    I am a cna II and it is time for me to renew my license but I do not work under a RN. I work in a doctors office with 2 LPNs and 3 doctors who signs off my paper?

  11. Amber February 12, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    How do you know if a CNA program is acceptable if you want to continue on to an ARN program?

  12. Shannon March 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    Can I do cna classes online even of they are free and still have them count towards my certification in NC?

    • Admin March 18, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

      No, any course has to be approved by the state board in NC. Some colleges have online classes but you still have to go to their campuses for the clinical portion.

  13. Jess July 24, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    How long after being certified as a CNA do you have to get a job? My instructor didnt say anything about it in my class.

  14. Ashley November 6, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    Can I take the state exam if I have a pending felony charge? The charge should be dismissed within the next few months.

  15. Sandra November 7, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    my daughter just completed CNA course in SC at a local community college and passed the state exam.

    Eventhough we live in SC we are part of the Charlotte Metro area. There are hundreds of CNA jobs posted in NC and ony a few postings for SC jobs.

    Can she work in NC with a SC license.


  16. Renae March 20, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    How many days can a IHA work as a CNA after taking the class but pending to take the test. I was told at some point that they can work unto 100 days or so after finishing the class while they take their test… Is there a place where I can look this information up in writing or regulations with medicaid or something

  17. Denise August 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    I let my cna certification expire but later went back and took the refresher course.

    How long is the refresher course good for?

  18. tiffany August 20, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    I live in north Carolina I am currently enrolled in the cna class but I had a question about weather or not I can obtain my cna with eight and a half year old felonies. Somebody please help!!

  19. Carla August 22, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    Hi. I offer a CNA Boot Camp for those folks that want to Challenge the NC CNA Exam. I am a Registered Nurse with years of experience in Adult Education. The Boot Camps have been very successful! We are located in Marion NC. Please call us for info we would love to help! 1-800-977-8879

    • Admin August 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

      Thank you Carla. Could you email us with more details so we can post a proper listing in our CNA classes page for NC. (Contact us using the contact page)

  20. Angi October 17, 2015 at 9:18 pm #

    I have been a CNA for 20yrs. I’m in Virginia. I was thinking of moving to North Carolina but they do not have reciprocity, which means I will have to take a test all over again. Have no problem doing that but wow, I just can’t believe that. Makes my task a little harder.

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