Getting trained from a nurse aide program approved by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is the first step towards attaining CNA certification in South Carolina. After the applicant completes the program, the next and the final step is to pass the competency exam. Once the examination is cleared, name of the candidate is listed in the SC Nurse Aide Registry. The SC Department works with the Pearson VUE group to conduct the exam that has the same standards as that of the Nurse Aide Assessment Program.
If you are applying for the NNAAP Examination in South Carolina, you are required to complete the “Application for Registration by Competency Examination” form. A completed application, required fees, and a copy of completion of program program or an original letter obtained from the CNA Program program confirming the program completion need to be submitted to the NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services).
If you are sending an original letter as a program proof, make sure that it is written on the letterhead of the CNA program and must comprise the below details:
The eligibility routes are as follows:
You can transfer your nurse aide license via reciprocity if you meet any of the following requirements:
Note – No fee is charged for certification by reciprocity in SC.
If you are applying for licensing in SC by giving the NNAAP exam, follow the below steps:
Step 1 – Download the “South Carolina Nurse Aide Program Application for the NNAAP Examination” using the below link:
Step 2 – Choose the appropriate eligibility route:
Step 3 – Attach the appropriate fee in the form of company check, certified check, or money order made payable to “NACES Plus Foundation.”
Testing fees are shown below:
Step 4 – Submit the completed examination application, required documents and fees to:
NACES Plus Foundation, Inc.
8501 North Mopac Expressway, Suite 400
Austin, Texas 78759
Note – If you are applying for an ADA Accommodation, attach all the supporting documents along with the application.
Step 5 – You will be sent an Authorization to Test Notice (yellow confirmation card), making you eligible to take the test within 10 business days of application submission. In case, you do not receive the notice within the specified time period, call NACES at (800) 273-3517.
Step 6 – Take and qualify both the sections- written and skills evaluation – of the test with the passing scores.
If you hold a CNA license in another state, you may transfer your certification to SC using the below procedure:
All certified nursing assistants are required to renew their license in every 2 years from the issue date, in order to stay active on the South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry.
To renew a nursing assistant license, the candidate must have provided paid nursing related services as a CNA for a minimum of 8 hours during the period of 2 years before the expiry date of your license.
Pearson VUE will sent you a renewal notice approximately 60 days before the expiry of your certificate on the mailing address listed on the state’s registry. In case you misplace or don’t receive the renewal notice, you may use the following link to download South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry Renewal form:
If your CNA license has lapsed and you want to re-activate it, you need to retrain or / and retest depending on whether you have or haven’t completed a nursing assistant program program of 100 hours approved by the state.
Have a look at the below situations and find out if you need to retrain and/or retest:
Use the below link to complete your search:
You may look for license by entering any one of the following details:
The certified nursing assistant must keep their name and address updated in the South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry. For an address change, you can directly call Pearson VUE at (800) 475-8290. Or else, you can also inform the Pearson VUE by downloading the name change application using the below link:
The form is present at the end of this handbook.
You can also send a written notification to the Pearson VUE, which must include the following details:
Note – If you are requesting for name change, you must provide official documents along with the application / written notification such as divorce decree, marriage certificate, or other official document depicting name change.
Question 1 – Is there any renewal fee in South Carolina?
Answer – Yes. A renewal fee of $28 is charged in every 2 years of renewal period. You are required to purchase a money order for $28 made payable to the Pearson VUE, and mail it to the Pearson VUE address.
Question 2 – I am employed in a Medicaid – certified nursing home. Do I have to pay any renewal fee?
Answer – No. If any certified nursing assistant is working in a Medicaid – certified nursing home, the fees will be paid by the nursing home. You must contact your employer and get a facility check of $28 renewal fee.
Question 3 – I have applied for certification by reciprocity. How much time does it take to complete the process?
Answer – The process completely depends on the time your original state of licensure takes to provide all the required documents to the Pearson VUE. Generally, the entire process takes at least 30 days from the date when your reciprocity request is received by the Pearson VUE.