After you’ve completed your training program, you now have the pleasure of researching and registering for your state’s certification examination. Although every state features different registration fees and steps, most follow this standard practice. Of course, whenever you’re ready to register and take your online CNA certification examination, contact your state board of nursing to determine exact details, such as fees and exam dates.
Reviewing Certified Nursing Assistant Certification Eligibility Requirements
The first step in registering and completing the exam application is to review your states’ eligibility requirements. While these requirements will vary according to your state, the following are general guidelines all states follow:
I. Satisfied Educational Requirement
II. Has High School Diploma or GED
III. Free and clear from tuberculosis for a minimum of 90 days.
IV. Government-issued photo identification
V. Physical examination proclaiming you’re in good health.
Of course, these requirements are just an example and your state may feature different variations or completely new requirements.
Completing your Online CNA Certification Application
Depending on your state, you may be able to fill out the exam application online via the exam proctors website. For example, in Florida CNA examinations are carried out by Prometric. Therefore, you may review eligibility requirements and fill out the exam application (as well as even take practice exam questions) via the Prometric website. Of course, in state’s where online applications are possible, they are not by any means required. You may still fill out and submit a paper application.
The typical application process requires approval to undergo a background check; typically accomplished by submitting fingerprints to a background check agency. You must also agree to a criminal background check. This information is then used to determine your final eligibility to register.
Along with standard information such as your name, social security number, birth date and contact information, you must also provide training information. This typically includes the name of your training institution, graduation date and the state-sponsored training program code. Lastly, most applications require you to reveal any disciplinary action taken against you while in training or in previous healthcare-related professions.
At the end of the application, you will find the fee schedule for both the written and clinical application examinations. You’ll also notice exams can be paid for in one payment or paid separately. The individual unit payments are applicable for those who must re-take part of the examination due to a failing score. Upon completing this application, and paying all applicable fees, the testing agency will contact you via USPS or e-mail to confirm your exam date, time as well as to provide important testing information.