To work as a certified nurse aide in Idaho, you have to follow these steps: enroll in a state-approved training program, pass a competency exam and enlist in the Idaho state CNA registry.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare oversees CNA training programs and the state registry. An independent company called Prometric manages the exams.
You are eligible to enroll in a CNA training program in Idaho if:
Check the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare website for a list of state-approved CNA training programs.
You have to take 80 hours of classroom lectures and 40 hours of clinical skills classes, for a total of 120 training hours.
You don’t need to go through training and testing if:
You can apply to bypass training and just take the CNA exam if:
You have to pass a manual skills test within 6 months of finishing the CNA program. Then, you can apply to take the written exam through the Prometric website. Tests are offered at CNA training facilities and other locations chosen by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
The average price of CNA training in Idaho is roughly $800-$1,000.
Testing costs are:
Your CNA license expires after 2 years. You’ll get a reminder in the mail to renew the license around 45 days before it expires.
You can apply to renew your license if you’ve worked for at least 8 hours as a paid CNA in the last 2 years. If not, you’ll need to take the CNA exam again.