To work as a certified nurse aide in West Virginia, you need to meet the state’s training and testing standards. The West Virginia Division of Health manages CNA courses and the state nurse aide registry. An outside company administers the qualifying exam.
To sign up for an approved CNA program in West Virginia, you must:
Check out the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources website to find a list of state-approved CNA programs.
You’ll need to take at least 120 training hours, including 55 hours of hands-on practical skills and 65 hours of classroom study. It takes 4-6 weeks to complete the program. You also have to complete 32 hours of clinical experience in a certified nursing facility.
The state of West Virginia may waive the training requirement if:
You apply for a waiver by filling out a form on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources website.
When you’re ready to take the CNA exam, sign up for a test date with Professional Healthcare Development, LLC. The exam includes written and practical skills sections.
If you work at an approved health care facility, your employer should pay for your CNA training and testing costs. Your employer may also reimburse you for certification costs incurred before you were hired. You won’t be reimbursed if you don’t get a job as a CNA within 1 year of being added to the state nurse aide registry.
Your CNA license is good for 24 months. To renew it, you must prove that you worked as a paid CNA for at least 8 hours during that period.
Around 60 days before your license expires, the state registry will send you a renewal reminder. You can re-register on the 28th of any given month.