CNA Classes in Wisconsin (WI)

Getting certified as a nurse aide in Wisconsin is a simple process. First, make sure you meet the Wisconsin Board of Nursing’s eligibility criteria to sign up for a state-approved training course. Then, you have to pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam for your name to be put on the state CNA registry.

The Wisconsin Department of Health manages the certification process. A company called Pearson VUE handles the NNAAP exam.


You can apply for CNA training in Wisconsin if you:

  • Are at least 16.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Pass a criminal background check.

Training and Testing

You can find a list of approved CNA courses on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website. You have to take at least 120 training hours, which includes at least 32 hours of hands-on clinical experience. It takes about 4 months to finish the program. Online and distance courses are not approved by the state.

You may apply to skip training and take the exam directly if you:

  • Are a nurse in a foreign country, with proof of training and a valid license.
  • Are a student nurse or recent graduate from a nursing program.
  • Are registered as a CNA in another state, and have at least 32 hours of clinical experience.
  • Took at least 120 training hours in another state.
  • Work as a certified home health aide.
  • Received nurse training in the military.

When you’re ready, apply to take the NNAAP exam with Pearson VUE. The test has both written and practical sections. You have to take the test in English. If English isn’t your first language or you have a disorder that impacts your testing ability, you can ask to take the written section orally.


CNA courses range from $800-$1,000 in Wisconsin.

Additional testing fees include:

  • Written and skills testing: $115
  • Oral and skills testing: $115
  • Written retesting: $45
  • Skills retesting: $70
  • Oral retesting: $45

License Renewal

Your CNA license is valid for 24 months in Wisconsin. You’ll get a reminder in the mail around 60 days before it expires. If you don’t renew your license on time, you’ll need to retake the CNA exam to stay active in the registry.

Key Facts

  • You have to pass the NNAAP exam within 1 year of training.
  • All the application forms you need are available on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Training and Registry Information website.
  • You can work as a CNA for up to 120 days while you’re enrolled in training. However, you have to get your license within those 4 months to keep working.

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