CNA Classes in New Jersey (NJ)

If you want to be a CNA in New Jersey, you need to apply for the certification exam and pass.  Before you do that you do need to satisfy some training requirements.  These depend on you and what you have done in the past. The NJ Department of Health and Senior Services sets out what you need.

Before You Start.

You must meet these needs before you can start;

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a High School Diploma or a GED.
  • Pass a  physical exam, including TB testing and drug screening.
  • Have proof of  immunizations including Hepatitis B.

How to Apply.

If you don’t satisfy any of the following, you will need to do a state-approved training course.

  • You have or are studying for a degree in nursing.
  • You are a qualified Personal Care Assistant (PCA).
  • You are a military nurses’ assistant.
  • You have a lapsed CNA certification and have not been in the state’s registry for over 5 years.

If you don’t have any of the above you have to do a 90 hour training course.  This time is split between 40 hours of clinical learning and 50 hours of classroom lectures. After doing the hours, you need to register and pass your exam within two years of the end of your training.  You have three tries to pass the exam.  If you fail three times without passing, then you will need to do the training again.


The price to take the CNA training costs between $800 and $1000. You will also need to pay for test fees and books, including: Oral and Skills Spanish/English Test: $93. Skills and Written Test: $78. Oral Retake Test: $68. Written Retake Test: $53. Skills Retake Test: $25.

Under Federal Law, students who have a job offer or who are working in a Medicaid approved nursing facility must have their training costs covered by their employer.

Certificate Renewal.

Your certificate will expire in 2 years, but can be renewed if you keep your license in good standing AND have a paid CNA job where you worked at least 7 hours in the two years. At the time of renewal, you will need to have your background check updated.

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