To become a CNA in California, you must take training programs of at least 75 hours. They must be completed in a six week period. Most of the programs are 150 hours. The classes are divided between classroom lectures and hands-on learning. The California Department of Public Health works with Aide and Technician Certification (ATCS) and the Pearson Vue group, who help with testing. They use the guidelines of the National Nurse Assistant Assessment Program (NNAAP). The guidelines can be found here.
Get an application from the ATCS office. If you have
then, you can earn advanced nursing credentials. This includes things like RN, etc. To do so, request an application from the ATCS office.
In California, you must take at least 150 hours of training. This is divided between the classroom lectures and in-hand learning. It usually takes over 6 weeks to finish training.
Cost is between $600 and $1800. Testing fees include:
There are two parts to the test. It has a written (oral) test and a skills test. There are 70 multiple choice questions. It also has 5 randomly chosen nurse aide skills. After passing both parts, your name will appear on the California Nursing Assistant Registry.