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CNA Certification In Idaho

CNA certification in Idaho enables you to avail a wide number of job opportunities in the healthcare industry. To become a certified nursing assistant in the state, applicants are required to complete nurse aide program, pass the competency exam, and get their name listed in the Idaho Nurse Aide Registry. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare approves the program courses and manages the state registry.

Requirements for Acquiring CNA Licensure

1. Examination

The eligibility criteria for obtaining the nursing aide certification by examination include:

  • Complete a nurse aide program program approved by the state.
  • Pass the manual skills evaluation within a period of 6 months after the completion of your program program. You are required to provide the evidence depicting the successful completion of the manual skills exam on the testing day.
  • Pass the written evaluation exam within a period of 12 months after the completion of your program program.

Note You can pass the exam in 3 attempts, and if you are unsuccessful in the third attempt, you will be required to retake an approved nurse aide program program.

If you have completed your CNA Program in another state, you must fulfill the following requisites:

  • Submit proof of successful completion of the program program in another state, which must meet all the criteria mentioned in Idaho’s OBRA.
  • Successfully completed the competency evaluation within the specific testing timeframes of the state, i.e., qualified the written test within 12 months of completion of program and cleared the skills test within 6 months of the program completion.

2. Reciprocity

If you currently hold a CNA licensure in another state and wish to transfer it to the state of Idaho, you must provide an evidence of holding an active CNA license in another state from where you are transferring.

Procedure to Obtain CNA Certification by Examination

The step-by-step process to get CNA license by examination is as follows:

Step 1 – Read the candidate information bulletin before filling the application. You can view or download the bulletin using the following link:

Step 2 – Download the examination application using the below link. Provide all the necessary information in the application.

Step 3 – Prepare to take the certification exam.

Step 4 – Verify your exam date, time and location details with the test site where you are scheduled to take the exam.

Step 5 – Take the exam at the respective test center.

Step 6 – After passing the exam, the nursing aide certificate will be sent to you by mail and your name will be added to the Idaho CNA Registry.

Procedure of Getting CNA License by Endorsement

The step-by-step procedure to acquire CNA license by endorsement is as follows:

Step 1 – Download ‘Out Of State Credential Verification Form’ using the following link:

Step 2 – Complete the top portion, i.e., Part I of the application form.

Step 3 – After filling all the essential details, send the form to the CNA registry of that state from where you are transferring.

Step 4 Request your nurse aide registry to return the completed application to the Idaho Nurse Aide registry.

Transfer of Current CNA Certificate from Iowa or Montana to Idaho

If you presently hold a CNA licensure in the state of Iowa or Montana, you need to submit the “Verification of Current Nursing Assistant Certification” application. You can download the form using the below link:

In addition to the completed application, you need to submit evidence of successful completion of an accredited CNA Program course.

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Renewal / Recertification of the Nursing Aide Licensure in ID

To renew CNA license, you are required to work a minimum of 8 hours as a paid certified nursing assistant in the two years of your certification period.

Click the below link to download the renewal application:

Read the renewal instructions from the below link before filling the application:

Fill the essential details in the form, and return the completed and signed application to the following address:

Idaho Department of Health & Welfare
Division of Medicaid – Bureau of Facility Standards
Idaho Nurse Aide Registry
P.O. Box 83720
3232 Elder Street
Boise, Idaho  83720-0036

Name Change / Address Change / Duplicate Certificate

Click on the below link to download the ‘Change Request Form’:

Candidates may use this form to update the exam and Prometric registry files for address and name change. Additionally, you may also request for a duplicate certificate, which will be allotted only in those states where Prometric manages the nurse aide registry.

Applicants are required to provide the following documents along with the completed ‘change request’ application:

  • If requesting a name change / correctionYou may provide a copy of any of the below-given legal documents:
    • Marriage certificate
    • Driver’s license
    • Copy of SSN card
    • Divorce decree
    • Legal name change document
  • If requesting an address changeYou will be required to provide the following information:
  • Old Street Address
  • Old City / State / Zip Code
  • New Street Address
  • New City / State / Zip Code
  • If you are requesting for a duplicate certificateDuplicate licenses are issued to applicants that hold a CNA license in New York, Connecticut, Arkansas, Idaho, Hawaii, Michigan, and New Mexico. A non-refundable fee of $15 is charged, which can be paid by certified check, money order, MasterCard, Visa, or American Express, depending on the relevant state.

Mail the application and all the required documents to:

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

Search for a Nurse Aide Licensure

Use the following link to check the status of your CNA license:

You may search your Idaho license by entering any one of the following:

  • Social Security Number, or
  • Certificate ID, or
  • Name


Question 1 – Is there any fee to renew the CNA certificate?

Answer – No, the Idaho Certified Nurse Aide Registry do not charge any fee to process any forms or certifications.

Question 2 – I am planning to move to Colorado. How can I transfer my CNA license to another state?

Answer – For the sake of transferring your license to another state, you are required to contact the Nurse Aide Registry of the state you are transferring to. They will provide all the instructions of the transfer process. You may have to pay some transferring fee (as required by a few states).

Question 3 – I have misplaced my CNA license, how can I get another one?

Answer – To obtain a duplicate license, you need to contact the Nurse Aide Registry, and if you are in good standing in the state, a new CNA card will be issued by the Registry.