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.
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:
2. Reciprocity / Out-of-State
If you currently hold a certificate in another state, you must fulfill the following criteria:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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
Click on the following link to search for a certified nurse aide license in HI:
You may search your license using either ways:
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:
2. If requesting address change
You will be required to provide the following information:
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.