There is no need for formal training to take the CNA test in Florida. There are steps to take in order to get a job as a CNA, though.
Candidates must meet the requirements set by the Florida Department of Health before they can take a training program required to earn the certification:
- 18 years old or older
- High school diploma or GED
- Pass a Level 2 background check with fingerprinting
- No criminal record
You can get certified in one of the following ways:
- If you have taken and failed the test three times, you have to take the training program;
- Attend the training program and pass the test;
- Enroll in a CNA program at a nursing home and qualify for the test; or
- You may use “reciprocity” from other states pending approval by the state.
All the state approved training programs are listed here.
The National Council of State Boards require you to take a training program of at least 75 hours. It is divided between classroom and clinical lectures. Most of the programs run for around 6-12 weeks. On the job training is offered by some nursing homes.
Training costs between $400 and $800.
Costs are as follows:
- Processing fee- $25
- Criminal background check- $40.50
- Written and Skill Test- $93
- Oral Written test and Skill test- $97
CNA certificates expire every two years and must be renewed. You will receive a reminder in the mail 120 days before it expires.
- The test can be taken in English or Spanish at the same cost.
- Prometric administers the test. The test includes a written section and a clinical section. The written part has 50 multiple choice questions. Out of 19 clinical tasks, you choose and perform 3.
- You must take the test within 24 months of completing the training program.
- Certain crimes may prevent you from taking the test. You can apply for an exemption.
- It costs $25 to change the given address with the state registry.
- CNA certification remains valid only if you work at least 12 hours every calendar year.
- If you don’t have a CNA license, you can work as a CNA for up to 120 days if:
- you have enrolled in or finished a program;
- you have taken the CNA exam but haven’t received the certificate yet; or
- you have confirmation of valid CNA in another state.
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