For acquiring CNA certification in Louisiana, aspiring candidates are required to enroll in a CNA Program program and pass the competency examination conducted by the state. The program courses are reviewed and approved by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, while the Pearson VUE administers and manages the NNAAP exam. After meeting all the requirements, the candidate will be listed on the Louisiana Nurse Aide Registry, which is managed by the “Louisiana Board of Examiners of Nursing Facility Administrators”.
To obtain certification in LA, you must fulfill the following requirements:
Candidates applying for CNA certification in LA must follow the below procedure:
Follow the below steps for the sake of obtaining nurse aide certification by reciprocity:
Step 1 – Download the “Louisiana Reciprocity Form” using the following link:
Step 2 – Complete the top portion of the form. Now, enclose a copy of your social security card and send the form to the nurse aide registry where you are currently registered.
Step 3 – Request the out-of-state nurse aide registry staff to complete the details of the form and send it to:
Louisiana Nurse Aide Registry
5647 Superior Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816
All certified nursing assistant license in the state of Louisiana are valid for 2 years from the last date of certificate completion or renewal. A renewal form will be sent to you approximately 90 days before the expiration date of your license. You will be required to show up the documents of having worked at least 8 hours as a CNA in the past 2 years. If you are unable to show the required work experience, you must take the written portion of the CNA Entrance Exam again.
Click on the below link to search for your license:
You will be required to enter the following details to complete your search:
To purchase a CNA certification card, download the form using the below link:
Mail the completed form to:
State of Louisiana Board of Examiners of Nursing Facility Administrators
5647 Superior Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816-6049
Question 1 – I am planning to shift to another state. What is the procedure to transfer my license?
Answer – To transfer your certification to another state, you are required to contact the Nurse Aide Registry of the state you are transferring to, in order to know their policy and procedure(s).
Question 2 – Is there any time limit to pass both the sections of the CNA exam?
Answer – Yes. All aspiring candidates are required to qualify both the skills evaluation and the written (or oral) examination within a period of 2 years to be listed on the LA Nurse Aide Registry.
Question 3 – Am I eligible to carry out the duties of a CNA before I complete my certification?
Answer – If you are currently enrolled in a program course in a nursing home approved by the state, you have 120 days to complete the course and get certified. During this period, you cannot perform any duty of a CNA for which you have not been trained and confirmed by the instructor. If you are not registered in a program program, you cannot carry out any nurse aide duties until and unless you complete your certification.