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Become a CNA in Georgia

How to Become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Georgia

To become a CNA in the State of Georgia, an applicant has to be at least 18 years old, possess a high school diploma or its equivalent, be of good moral character, be able to speak and read English fluently, be in good emotional and physical health, and pass the Georgia State Board of Nursing's competency exam.


Georgia's CNA certification exam is split into two parts (written/oral and practical). The written/oral portion of the exam tests the applicant's theoretical knowledge with a series of multiple choice questions, which can take anything from one to two hours. The second half of the exam-the practical exam-requires the applicant to demonstrate their skills and knowledge, performing a set of CNA-related tasks. If they are successful at both portions of the exam, the state will send them a license within a number of days or weeks.

If an applicant already has a CNA license in another state, they can apply for licensure by endorsement through the State of Georgia. To apply for licensure by endorsement, applicants must be able to prove that they are still in good standing with that state, are of good moral character, have obtained a certificate or degree from an accredited CNA school, can speak and read English fluently, and are in good health.

Once a CNA applicant becomes a full-fledged CNA, they can practice for up to two years under their current license. After the two-year time period has expired, the CNA has to renew their license by providing the state with information that proves that they have worked a minimum of 8 paid hours as a CNA within the 24 months they were licensed. If they do not meet this requirement, they have to retake the written/ oral and skills examinations.


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