CNA Classes in Idaho (ID)

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:

  • You have a high school diploma or GED.
  • You’re at least 18.
  • You pass a complete physical exam, TB test and drug test.
  • Your vaccines are up-to-date.
  • You have a clean criminal record.

CNA Training and Exemptions

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’re already a registered CNA in another state.
  • You have an RN or LPN license in another state.

You can apply to bypass training and just take the CNA exam if:

  • You have an expired CNA license in another state.
  • You finished a semester of nursing school.
  • You were previously certified, but didn’t work enough hours as a paid CNA to renew your license.
  • You’re a current or graduated nursing student with at least 100 course hours.

Apply for the Exam

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:

  • Oral examination: $39 + the site fees
  • Written examination: $29 + the site fees

License Renewal

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.

Key Facts

  • After your training, you have 6 months to pass a manual skills test and 12 months to pass the written CNA exam.
  • If you work in a nursing home, your employer will pay for all certification costs.
  • You have three attempts to pass the CNA exam after completing the training program. If you fail, you have to reenroll in training and take the exam again.

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