If you are planning to obtain your CNA certification in Georgia, you must enroll in a Nurse Aide/Assistant Program Program (NATP) accredited by the Board of Nursing of the state. These courses will help students pass National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam. After passing the competency exam, the candidate will be listed on the Georgia Nurse Aide Registry.
All the aspiring candidates applying for the NNAAP examination in GA are required to complete the “Application for Registration by Competency Examination” form using any of the following routes:
1. New Nurse Aide Candidates
2. LPN / RN Candidates
3. Out-of-State Trained Nurse Aides
4. Out-of-State Trained Nurse Aide – Lapsed
5. Lapsed or Expired License Registration
If your GA certification has expired or lapsed, you need to-
6. Reciprocity Candidates
If you have an unexpired verification on the nurse aide registry of another state, but you have not worked as a CNA in the last 2 years, or if your name is listed in another state as not qualified to work in a long term care facility:
Follow the below steps to obtain CNA license in GA by examination:
Step 1 – Download the “Application for Registration by Competency Examination” from the below link:
Step 2 – Select one of the following eligibility routes:
Step 3 – Attach the application fees in the form of money order, Pearson VUE voucher, certified check, or company check made payable to “NACES Plus Foundation, Inc.”
Step 4 – In an envelope, place the completed application, fees, and required documents, and mail it to:
NACES Plus Foundation, Inc.
8501 North Mopac Expressway, Suite 400
Austin, Texas 78759
If you are presently listed on the nurse aide registry of another state in good standing, you may download the reciprocity application from the Georgia’s website www.mmis.georgia.gov
After opening the link, click the tab- Nurse Aide / Medication Aide.
CNAs present on the Georgia Nurse Aide Registry need to renew their license in every 24 months to remain active and work as a nursing assistant in the state.
In order to be eligible for license renewal, the applicant must have worked for a minimum of 8 hours in every 2 consecutive years. As a paid nursing-related professional under the supervision of a nurse.
A renewal application will be sent to you approximately 60 days before the expiry date of your license by the Registry. In case you do not receive the application, you can download it from the official Board website at www.mmis.georgia.gov
Upon receiving the application, you will require the signature of your current or previous employer, in order to complete the employment verification section mentioned in the form.
It is the responsibility of the CNA to keep the Georgia Nurse Aide Registry informed about any name or address change. You may notify the state registry by using any of the following ways:
If you are requesting for name change, you need to submit an official document along with your request. The documents which you need to provide include:
The notification you are requesting must include the following details:
Question 1 – Is there any fee associated with the renewal of CNA certificate in the state of GA?
Answer – No, at present the state of Georgia does not charge any renewal fee to remain certified on the nurse aide registry.
Question 2 – Do I require any background check for employment as a CNA?
Answer – Generally, background check for employment is not required by all facilities. A certified nursing assistant may work under an employer that does not require conducting a background check by law.
Question 3 – I am a certified nurse aide. Do I require receiving in-service education?
Answer – CNAs employed in a licensed Medicare / Medicaid facility are required to attend a minimum of 12 hours of in-service education offered by the facility. This in-service information needs to be submitted to the CNA Program course, which must include the names of the CNA employees attending those in-service programs.