CNA Classes in Kentucky (KY)

To become a CNA in Kentucky, you must take training that is approved by Kentucky’s Nursing Board. You must also take the test and pass it. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System conducts the exam.


  • Must be 16 years or older
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be able to speak and understand English
  • Pass a background check with fingerprinting
  • Have a negative TB skin test

How to Apply:

You must take the training in order to take the test.

You do not have to take the training if you are:

  • a Lapsed or Inactive CNA- individuals who were on the nurse aide registry of Kentucky in the past and have done paid work of at least 8 hours in the last 24 months;
  • an LPN or RN holding the CNA certification for more than 24 months; or
  • a graduate nurse or student nurse who has completed a program of at least 75 hours.

You must take training that has 59 hours of classroom study and 16 hours of practical training in a state approved clinical setting. After training, you apply to take the test. The test has a written section of 75 multiple choice questions and a practical test in which you perform 5 randomly selected nursing skills.

Study guides are offered by the KCTCS website.


Fees for the training are between $600 and $1000.

You must fill out an application to take the test. If you are in good standing, you will receive a Kentucky Medical Nurse Aide Test Roster. This allows you to take the test. Some schools do not charge for the first attempt. Every attempt after that is $75.


A CNA license expires every two years and must be renewed. You can renew your license only if you have worked as a CNA at least 8 hours in the last 24 months.


  • Candidates get 3 attempts within a year of finishing training to take the test. If the candidate fails, he/she must go through training again.
  • Certification fees are paid by the employer if candidates are employed at a licensed nursing facility during the training.
  • Online CNA training programs cannot be taken to earn a CNA.
  • Only after passing the test does a candidate’s name appear on the Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry.

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