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CNA Certification In Louisiana

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”.

CNA Certification Requirements in LA

To obtain certification in LA, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete the required program program and/ or coursework, which must include at least 100 hours of clinical hands-on practice and 75 hours of in-class instructions.
  • Submit the following documents:
  • Current background check
  • Two photos (passport size)
  • Two fingerprint cards
  • A negative tuberculosis test which is completed within the last six months
  • Photo ID
  • Proof of immunizations
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Pass the certified nursing assistant exam.

Procedure for CNA Certification in Louisiana

Candidates applying for CNA certification in LA must follow the below procedure:

  • After completion of your CNA Program, you can apply to take the competency exam. For this, you will be required to register yourself at any test location approved by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Make sure you pre-register to take the test.
  • Pass the exam with a score of at least 70 percent in both the skills test and written section.
  • After passing the exam with the required minimum scores, your name will be listed on the state’s registry.

Procedure to Obtain Certification by Reciprocity

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

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CNA License Renewal in LA

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.

License Lookup

Click on the below link to search for your license:

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

  • Employee type
  • First name
  • Middle name
  • Last name
  • Date of birth
  • Social Security Number

Optional Certified Nurse Aide Certification Cards

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.