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CNA Certification In Hawaii

To become a certified nursing assistant, applicants are required to complete a program program or coursework approved by the state. Candidates must then pass the required competency exam and submit fingerprint cards in order to obtain CNA certification in Hawaii and add their name to the HI CNA Registry. The entire certification process is administered by the DCCA (Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs), which has contracted with the Prometric to supervise and handle the Nurse Aide Registry in the state of HI.

Eligibility Requirement

Candidates need to meet the below requirements to apply for CNA license in the state of Hawaii:

1. Testing Candidate

If you have completed a nursing assistant program program recognized by the Hawaii state and have never held a CNA license in the state, then:

  • Submit completed testing application.
  • Provide a copy of document which shows the completion of a program program approved by the Hawaii state.
  • Submit the required fee and all the documents required for your exam to Prometric.

2. Reciprocity / Out-of-State

If you currently hold a certificate in another state, you must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Submit completed out-of-state / reciprocity application.
  • Provide a copy of your current state CNA certificate which must include name of the state you are transferring from and the expiration date.

3. Lapsed / Expired Nurse Aide

Under the lapsed route, applicants may choose the following two paths: Attend a current state approved program program and attend a closed / non-state approved program program. You must provide the following documents in both the cases:

  • Completed application.
  • Copy of a document demonstrating completion of program program from a Hawaii approved program program.

Procedure to Obtain CNA Certification in Hawaii

The step – by – step procedure to obtain CNA license in HI is as follows:

Step 1 – Download the Testing / Out of State / Reciprocity application form using the below link:

Step 2 – Choose required route in the form and fill all the essential details. Applicants may choose the following routes or paths:

Route 1 – Testing Candidate (Hawaii Trained)
Route 2 – Reciprocity / Out of State
Route 3 – Lapsed / Expired

Step 3 – Pay the appropriate fee(s) in the form of certified check, money order, or credit card, made payable to Prometric.

Step 4 – If you are currently testing at your Facility, submit this form along with all the necessary documents to your program coordinator. Or else, if you are testing at a Regional Test Site, submit it to:

Nurse Aide Program
354 Uluniu Street, Suite 308
Kailua, Hawaii – 96734

Step 5 – Take and pass the nurse aide exam.

Step 6 – After passing the CNA exam, your nursing aide license will be send via mail, and your name will be added to the Hawaii Nurse Aide Registry.

Tracking Application Status

Applicants may check the status of their application within 24 hours after they have submitted their online application using the following link:

You will be required to enter the following details to complete your search:

  • Prometric ID
  • Last Name (the name mentioned on the application)
  • Birth Year
  • Program

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Renewal / Recertification of CNA License

All certified nursing aides are required to renew their Hawaii license in every 2 years. In order to renew your CNA license in HI, you need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Worked for pay performing direct patient care, nursing, and / or services related to nursing for a minimum of 8 hours under the supervision of a registered or licensed nurse during the past 2 years of certification period.
  • Do not submit the recertification form more than 30 days prior to your current expiry period of your certification.

Steps to Complete the Renewal Process

Step 1 – Download the recertification form using the following link:

Step 2 – After downloading the form, fill in all the details of section 1 of this form.

Step 3 – Request your nurse aide employer to complete section 2 of this form.

Step 4 – If your work experience as a CNA is in a nursing facility approved by a Medicaid / Medicare, submit this form directly to the Prometric, without paying any recertification fee.

Step 5 – If your work experience as a CNA is in a nursing facility, which is not approved by a Medicaid / Medicare, but in a licensed/certified healthcare setting, you need to attach your program completion certificate or include a letter from the program program depicting that you have successfully passed 24 hours of Continuing Education Program or 24 hours Competency Program course. Submit non-refundable renewal fee of $25.00.

Step 6 – After completing the essential details of the form, submit it to:

Attn: HI Nurse Aide Program
354 Uluniu Street, Suite 308
Kailua, Hawaii – 96734

Verification of the CNA License

Click on the following link to search for a certified nurse aide license in HI:

You may search your license using either ways:

  • By Certificate ID
  • By Name

Change Request

Use the following link to download the “Candidate Change Request Form”:

Applicants may use this form to update their Prometric registry files for name and address changes. Additionally, applicants can also request a duplicate certificate only in those states where the nurse aide registry is managed by the Prometric.

You must provide the below-given documents along with the completed application:

1. If requesting a name change/correction

You are required to provide copy of any of the following legal documents:

    • Divorce decree
    • Marriage certificate
    • Copy of SSN card
    • Legal name change document or
    • Driver’s license

2. If requesting address change

You will be required to provide the following information:

  • Old Street Address
  • Old City / State / Zip Code
  • New Street Address
  • New City / State / Zip Code

3. If you are requesting a duplicate certificate

Duplicate licenses can be issued only if the applicant holds a certified nursing aide license in New York, Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, and New Mexico. A fee of $15 is charged to receive a duplicate license. You may pay the required fee by money order, certified check, or MasterCard, American Express, and Visa, depending on the respective state.

Mail the application and all the required documents to:

ATTN: Nurse Aide Program
7941 Corporate Drive
Nottingham, Maryland  21236


Question 1 – Can I work in a nursing home in HI, even if I don’t hold any CNA license?

Answer – Yes, you can work in nursing homes until you call yourself a certified nursing assistant. There might be a few restrictions on your duties as a CNA and your salary might be as good as the one holding a certification degree.

Question 2 – What if my certification expires, what do I need to do next?

Answer – Depending on the expiration date, you will be required to take the whole program and test again; or else, you might just have to pass the certification exam.

Question 3 – I’m not a green card holder in the U.S., but I have a visitor visa. I’m planning to take the CNA Program, pass the required exam and work in the state. Am I eligible to take the program and exam since I am not a U.S. citizen?

Answer – You will be required to check with your relevant authorities whether you can work on and/or attend a school on the visitor visa.