Frequently Asked Questions
Many individuals who plan to go into a Georgia Nurse Aide training program have
some questions. We have provided the answer to many of your questions below.
1. Do I need a High School Diploma to take a Certified Nurse Aide Course?
No (Referral to GED classes available upon request)
2. What is meant by "successfully completing" a program?
Each program has requirements for passing the classroom and clinical portions. Once you successfully pass the program course, you will then need to pass a Written/Oral and Skills Examination within one year of completing the program that certifies you as a nurse aide in the state. At that time your name will be listed on the Georgia Nurse Aide Registry.
3. 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. Information regarding the state competency examination can be located at www.pearsonvue.com, click on Nurse Aide Registries or by calling the registry at (678) 527-3010 or (800) 414-4358. 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 nurse aide training course again. 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.
4. 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 which will 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.
5. What if I have not worked a minimum of 8 hours in the past 24 months?
If you have not worked a minimum of 8 hours in the past 24 consecutive months since your last recertification date, you need to contact the Nurse Aide Program via the telephone Interactive Voice Response System to obtain a testing application and a list of State Approved Regional Test Sites (RTS). These RTS are located throughout the state. The cost for testing is printed on the testing application. Once you successfully pass the written/oral and skills examinations, your name will again be placed on the Nurse Aide Registry. You must renew your certification every two years thereafter.
6. My certification has expired. 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.
7. 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.