Nurse Aide Certification - Test for Recertification
Aides may view their contact information and work history as it appears on the registry here.
If work in an approved setting is not listed, contact the provider and ask them to report the work history to the registry. This could possibly be the work history needed for recertification.
In accordance with the Nurse Aide Training Rule, published May 20, 2012, certified nurse aides (CNAs) who do not have proof of at least eight hours of paid employment in an approved setting in a 24-month period may retest once within the two years immediately following the expiration of the certification to be recertified.
- Aides have one opportunity to test for recertification. Aides who fail to test during this two-year period are required to retrain.
- Aides who do not pass both parts of the test (written/oral or skills) have to retrain.
- Aides are required to schedule the test and pay for the test.
Instructions to test for nurse aide recertification:
To determine if you are eligible to test or not eligible to test, go to http://www.dhh.la.gov/cnadsw to verify your certification status.
- If your certification status is "not certified", the date by which you would have to retest has not expired, and you have not already retested during the eligibility period listed, you are eligible to retest.
- Print the registry page which verifies your status and certification period. This page and current, official picture identification must be presented to the tester in order to be admitted to the test.
- Contact a DHH-approved tester to schedule the test and to find out the cost of the test:
- Miriam Bellon (337) 474-3057
- Melissa Stewart (225) 301-5504
- If your certification status is "not certified" and the date by which you would have to retest has expired, you are not eligible to test and will need to retrain.
- If you have already retested during the eligibility period listed but did not pass both parts of the test (written/oral or skills), you are not eligible to test and will need to retrain.
- If your certification status is "certified" and the date by which you would have to retest is blank, you are not eligible to retest.