1. Do I need a High School Diploma to take a CNA training class?
No. You are not required to have a GED or Diploma to take the class.
2. What are the requirements for testing once a State Approved Nurse Aide Training Program is successfully completed?
The candidate must apply to take the Written/oral and Skills Competency Examination within one (1) year after successful completion of the nurse aide course by submitting a testing application to the testing vendor. If the candidate does not take the Written/oral and Skills Competency Examination within one (1) year of successfully completing the State Approved Nurse Aide Training Program Course, then the candidate must re-take the CNA nursing program. Once the Written/oral and Skills Competency Examination is successfully passed, the nurse aide’s name will be placed on the Certified Nurse Aide Registry within 30 days.
3. How long will my name remain on the Nurse Aide Registry?
Your name will remain on the Nurse Aide Registry for 2 years. At that time you will need to fill out a renewal form whichwill ask you to provide information and documentation that you have worked as a CNA, for pay, for a minimum of 8 hours within the past 2 years under the supervision of a nurse. This is your requirement for renewal of your certification. You will need to go through this process every 2 years.
4. If my certification has expired, when can I renew it?
Certified nursing aides must renew their certification every two years. You can renew during this period by submitting a completed renewal application which verifies that you provide eight (8) hours of nursing related services for pay under the supervision of a nurse during the two-year span in which your certification was active. If lapsed under three years without work verification, then you must retake and pass the State written/oral and skills competency examination to update your certification. If lapsed over three years, then you must complete another State approved nurse aide training program and pass the State written/oral and skills competency examination.
5. Do we accept grants?
If all you are taking is ONLY the CNA course, it is not likely this class will qualify for you to get a Pell grant. You have to be enrolled in a Pell approved program and CNA courses alone are not usually long enough to qualify.
6. What should I do if I lose my certification card?
You can request a replacement certification card by printing a Certification Card Request Form to mail to the registry via the Georgia Web portal (www.mmis.georgia.gov), click on the Nurse Aide Tab or calling the telephone Interactive Voice Response System at (678) 527-3010 (local) or (800) 414-1044.