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CNA Certification In Georgia

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.

Eligibility Criteria for Candidates Applying for Licensure by Examination in GA

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

  • Complete the nurse aide program program approved by the state.
  • Pass both the sections of the CNA competency exam within one year from the completion date of your program course or within 3 test attempts. If you fail to pass any of the portions in these 3 attempts, you will be required to take the program again.
  • Provide a copy of
    • Social security card
    • Photo ID card, and
    • Program certificate
  • Submit a non-deficient completed application to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) prior to the expiry date of 1 year program program, to schedule the written/oral and skills competency examination. If your exam is scheduled after 1 year expiry date, you will not be allowed to reschedule. If your testing application form is received after 1 year, you will be required to take the program and register for the exam again.

2. LPN / RN Candidates

  • Provide a legible copy of
    • LPN/RN license
    • Social Security Card, and
    • Photo bearing ID card
  • Other requirements are similar as mentioned above (See point number II and IV of the New Nurse Aide Candidates).

3. Out-of-State Trained Nurse Aides

  • Complete an approved CNA Program in a state other than Georgia, which must be approved by the respective state.
  • Not listed in the nurse aide registry of any state.
  • Provide a legible copy of –
    • Program certificate (it must have the date of completion, list of the state where you are trained, and signature of the instructor).
    • Social Security Card
    • Photo bearing ID card
  • Other requirements are same as mentioned above (See point number II and IV of New Nurse Aide Candidates).

4. Out-of-State Trained Nurse Aide – Lapsed

  • Complete an approved CNA Program in a state other than Georgia if your license has been lapsed.
  • Provide a legible copy of
    • Social Security Card
    • Photo ID card
    • Official out-of-state registry (must show that you are in good standing in that state with no findings).
  • Provide a document that list the state where you had completed your CNA Program program.
  • Other requirements are same as mentioned above (see point number II and IV of New Nurse Aide Candidates).

5. Lapsed or Expired License Registration

If your GA certification has expired or lapsed, you need to-

  • Provide the document showing the expiry date of your license, certification number, a legible copy of photo bearing ID card, and copy of Social Security Card.
  • Other requirements are same as mentioned above (see point number II and IV of New Nurse Aide Candidates).

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:

  • Provide a legible copy of –
    • Social Security Card
    • Photo ID card
    • GMCF Approval to Test Letter (which is not expired)


Procedure to Obtain Certification in GA by Examination

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:
http://asisvcs.com/publications/pdf/071101.pdf

Step 2 – Select one of the following eligibility routes:

  • New Nurse Aide Candidates
  • LPN/RN Candidates
  • Out-of-State Trained Nurse Aide
  • Out-of-State Trained Nurse Aide – Lapsed
  • Lapsed or Expired License Registration
  • Reciprocity Candidate (who must test)

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

Reciprocity Application for an Active Out-of-State Candidate

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.

Renewal of CNA License in Georgia

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.

Requirements

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.

Renewal Notice

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.


Change of Address or Name

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:

  • Download the “Address or Name Change Reporting Form” from the official website www.mmis.georgia.gov.
    After opening the link, click on the Nurse Aide tab.
  • Call the Georgia state registry at (800) 414-4358 or locally at (678) 527-3010 and inform them about the change.

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:

  • Photocopy of signed social security card which must have your new name on it, and
  • Photocopy of a divorce decree, marriage certificate, or other legal document issued by the court that shows the name change.

The notification you are requesting must include the following details:

  • Previous name
  • Current name
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number, and
  • Social Security number

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FAQs

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.

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