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Become a CNA in Virginia

How to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant in Virginia

  1. A high school diploma or its equivalent is needed.  However, people working as home health aides are not required to be high school graduates.
  2. Complete a Virginia-approved training program.

  3. Register with the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Services (NACES) to take the National Nurses Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) for Virginia CNA certification.  Download an application, instructional handbook, and practice exam from www.asisvcs.com. Enclose a copy of a certificate of completion or verification on letterhead from the program coordinator of a Virginia Board of Nursing-approved nurse aide education program along with your application and fees.  Mail your application packet to:

NACES/Virginia NNAAP
7600 Burnet Road, Suite 440
Austin, TX 78757-1299

Information about any medical conditions that would interfere with the safe performance of your CNA duties, criminal convictions, or chemical dependencies must be forwarded to the Virginia Board of Nursing, http://www.dhp.state.va.us for review and approval before testing can be scheduled.

  1. The NNAAP examination has a written portion with an oral option for people who have trouble reading English, and a skills portion.  The skills portion requires that you perform hand-washing and four other randomly selected tasks.  On the day of testing, bring two forms of current signature-bearing ID, one which contains your picture.  If taking the skills exam, wear loose fitting clothing plus non-skid shoes. The examination must be taken within 24 months of graduation from a nursing assistant training program.
  2. After you pass both parts of the examination, the NACES submits your name to the Virginia Board of Nursing for entry in the Virginia Nurse Aide Registry.    Certification is good for two years.  When applying for recertification, you must verify that you performed nursing-related duties for compensation during the previous two years.


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