Nurse Aide Registries By State

Once you become a certified nursing assistant, you will be registered with the CNA registry in your state.  There is a registry for nurse’s aides in each state.  If you are entered into the registry for certified nursing assistants, potential employers will know you completed all requirements to be certified as a nursing assistant in your state.

You will not be entered into the CNA registry until you have completed certain achievements.  You will need to have enrolled in and completed a CNA Training course.  It is important to attend classes and not to be late.  You will need to have received good grades in your course.

After completing and passing a certified nursing assistant course, you will need to take a certification test.  The test will have two parts, both of which you must pass.  Each portion of the exam will test the knowledge you obtained and skills that you learned during the course of your class.

Most states will have regulations regarding your opportunities to retake a certification exam if you fail that exam.  There are sometimes restrictions to the number of times that you can retake the exam.  You might also be required to pass the exam within a certain amount of time after completing a nursing assistant course.  If you do not do so, you might be required to retake a nursing assistant training program again before testing.

In order to be listed in the CNA registry for your state, you cannot have ever been found guilty of certain crimes.  The specific regulations will be set forth by your state.  Most of the crimes that are not allowed include crimes of violence or sexual assault.

There are generally steps you will need to take throughout your career as a certified nursing assistant in order to remain in the nursing aide registry for your particular state.  Most states do require you to have some continuing education throughout your career.  Specific courses might be required or you might simply need to complete a certain number of continuing education credits each year or so.

If there are changes in the nursing assistant field, you might be required to take special courses to maintain your certification.  These courses will keep you up to date on any changes in your field.  It will be important to pay close attention when taking these courses and to complete any assignments and exams that are required.

Your state will likely require you to work a minimum number of hours throughout the course of a year in order to maintain your listing in the nursing aide registry.  If there is a year when you do not meet the required number of hours, you might need to take certain portions of your training again in order to renew your certification. The specific requirements will vary among states.

You will be well on your way to a good career as a nursing assistant after being entered into the nursing aide registry for your state.

A directory of Nurse Aide Registries by state.

13 Responses to Nurse Aide Registries By State

  1. LaQuanna Spencer June 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm #


  2. Melissa Morgan June 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Call 800-414-4358. They should be able to change this for you.

  3. LaMarr Barker September 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    Where can I find the schedule for CNA exam in Alabama?? I anticipate graduating in November 2012.

  4. Donna S Payne October 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    I’m trying to transfer my sc cna license to Georgia!!! What do I need to do to get started? Can anyone help

  5. Towanna December 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    How do i find out if my certificate is still valid
    ? I haven’t been workin as a CNA in about 1 1/2 to 2 years now and i have been searching high and low to figure out how to do my CEU’s and stuff. My state is Illinois. Can u please help me? Thanks!

    • Carol Wilson January 17, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

      I need to no what I need to do to transfer my C.N.A. From Illinois to community hospital in Munster Indiana.

  6. Marilyn January 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    can you please direct me to the right place to transfer my certification from Hawaii to CA.
    I worked at the nursing home facility in Hawaii for over a year and my license is still active I would like to transfer to CA since I just move here. Thank you for your help.

  7. Stephanie February 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    I just received my CNA license in South Dakota and have been practicing for a month. I plan on moving to Wisconsin or Michigan in a few months. Is there a way I can transfer my license from here to one of those states? If there is a way how do I do this? Please help. I need to know this information so I can prove to family court that I can get a job in a different state so I can take my son with me instead of leaving him with his father.

  8. cheryl June 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Im trying to change my florida cna license over to new jersey cna what do i do please someone help

  9. Frankie Dinning August 26, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    I need to renew my cna license before 9-02-013. I have tried calling and can not get anyone. My address is 1455 Hwy. 140 NW, Adairsville, Ga. 30103

  10. Sequone Taylor December 12, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    Hello I was tryn to transfer my CNA certification from MI to GA. im not sure how to do it. Can someone please e mail a phone number, so I can talk to someone on how to go about this. thank you so much

  11. tammy January 27, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    I have my TN CNA ..I have recently moved to TX. However I am unable to find out if its still current . I’m not seen in the cna reg. I am applying for jobs here and Can’t even be found for criminal report. I have been on ever site avail to get my info. I had started the transfer over to TX w reciprox and that is when it came about that I am not found. WHAT CAN I DO! ?

  12. Virginia Alexander April 12, 2022 at 3:47 pm #

    I have a Florida CNA license and would like to know if there is a National Registry which will enable me to work in any state. Please let me know whether there is an exam i need to take, or anything that needs to be done to be able to work nationwide.

    Thank You

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