Louisiana Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)/Direct Service Worker (DSW) Registry

stethoscopeThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) mandates that each state maintain a registry of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), for the purpose of tracking current certification status and any findings of abuse, neglect and/or misappropriation that has been placed. The state of Louisiana also mandates that findings of abuse, neglect, and/or misappropriation placed against Direct Service Workers (DSWs) are maintained and tracked in the registry. The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) - Health Standards Section manages the Louisiana Nurse Aide Registry and the Direct Service Worker Registry.  Most providers licensed by the LDH require that employers check BOTH registries to verify employment eligibility.

 Click here to verify the status of a CNA or DSW on the registry.


Nurse aides will be automatically recertified at midnight on the date a certification is due to expire if the required work history is reported to the Nurse Aide Registry before the certification period ends. If the work history is not reported for the 24-month period prior to expiration, the certification will expire and the nurse aide's status will be changed to "not certified." Aides who are not certified because the work history has not been reported should contact the provider where the work was performed and ask them to send verification to the registry. Nurse aides who are not certified because they do not have the required work history may be eligible to test for recertification.  See Frequently Asked/Common Questions for more information.


  • FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
    • CNA's (recertification requirements, work history, retesting, transferring to another state, and other information) 
    • Nurse Aide Training Programs (change forms, train the trainer instructors, etc.)
    • Employers (Designated Signature Form, facility code information, etc.)
  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
    • Training and certification of certified nurse aides
    • Nurse Aide Training Program information/application
  • Medication Attendant Certified (MAC)
    • Information regarding certified nurse aides (CNAs) with additional training in medication preparation and administration (to work in nursing homes) 
  • Health Standards Section
    • The section of LDH that licenses and enforces regulatory compliance for health care providers in the state of Louisiana