The Department of Community Health (DCH) carry out the CNA training test. They also maintain the Nurse Aide Registry for CNA certifications. The DCH works with Alliant GMC and Pearson Vue, who help with testing. The test adheres to the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) standards. Candidates who pass the test are then certified. Following that, they appear on the Georgia CNA Registry.
Candidates who do not meet any of the above must take the training. The state-approved training programs are 85 hours. They must be completed in a 6 week time frame. These programs include class time and hands-on training. All information about the programs is available at the Georgia Department of Health website.
Training fees are between $400 and $800. If employed, the candidate’s employer pays for training. These fees do not cover the testing. Testing fees are:
A CNA license must be renewed every 2 years. This can happen only if a candidate has worked as a CNA for at least 8 hours every 2 years. Renewal is free, but the candidate must provide their current employer’s signature.