Acquiring CNA certification in Virginia is a simple process. The state requires all the aspiring candidates to meet the requirements for enrollment as laid by the Commonwealth and the Virginia Board of Nursing. The same group reviews and approves the state’s programs, and works with the Pearson VUE to conduct the NNAAP exam. Applicants, who qualify the examination, get listed on the Virginia Nurse Aide Registry.
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You may obtain certification as a certified nursing assistant if you meet the requirements of any one of the following eligibility routes:
The requirements include:
Follow the below given step-by-step process to obtain certification in the state of Virginia:
Step 1 – Download the “Application for Certification by Examination” using the following link:
Step 2 – To take the certification exam, choose any one of the following eligibility routes:
Step 3 – Attach Pearson VUE voucher or a company check, certified check, or money order made payable to the NACES.
Step 4 – Return the completed application, fees and program program information to:
NACES Plus Foundation, Inc.
8501 North Mopac Expressway, Suite 400
Austin, Texas 78759
Step 5 – A yellow confirmation card (Authorization to Test) will be mailed to you after the NACES receives your completed application.
Step 6 – In case you do not receive the card within 10 business days, call NACES at (800) 758-6028.
If you are transferring from another state to Virginia, you must complete endorsement application online at:
If you cannot complete your application online, you may call the Board office at (804) 367-4569 and request to mail the application.
If you wish to transfer your Virginia license to another state, you need to contact the Board of Nursing or Department of Health of that state and find out the state requirements.
Your initial CNA license is valid only for 1 year. Generally, renewal notice is mailed to the candidates at least 30 days before the license expiry date, on the last address present in the records of the Nurse Aide Registry / Board of Nursing.
Requirements to Get Your License Renewed
In order to renew your license, you must work as a paid CNA performing 49 activities related to nursing within the past 2 years. If you are unable to verify this work requirement, you will need to take the CNA exam again to show continued competency.
CNA Certification Renewal Method
To renew your Virginia license, click the below link:
If your name was previously listed on the Virginia Board of Nursing Registry, but your license has lapsed for over 90 days, you need to submit a reinstatement application along with the required fees to the Board of Nursing. After submission, the Board will decide if you are required to take the NNAAP examination to show proficiency for reinstatement.
Use the following link to download the reinstatement application:
After opening the above link, select the profession – “Certified Nurse Aide”. Next, click on “CNA Reinstatement Application and Instructions”. The form will be directly downloaded on your computer. Or else, you can also call the Board office at (804) 367-4569 to obtain the reinstatement application.
It is the responsibility of a nurse aide to inform the Virginia Board of Nursing of name or address change. You must update any change in your name or address within 30 days, in order to receive the renewal notification or any other letters from the Board.
You may use any of the following ways to change your address:
If you are requesting a name change, you must submit a copy of divorce decree, marriage certificate, or other court order, verifying the change.
If you have lost your nurse aide certificate, you are required to submit a written request for a new license copy from the Virginia Board of Nursing. You must include your social security number or nurse aide certificate number in the written request. No fee is charged by the state for issuing a duplicate CNA certificate.
Use the following link to search your CNA licensure in VA:
You may look for your license in any of the following ways:
Question 1 – How can I pay my CNA certification exam fees? Can it be paid at the test center?
Answer – You may submit the application fees in the form of company check, certified check, money order, or Pearson VUE check. Submit the fee along with the application to the NACES before scheduling an exam. You cannot pay the fees at the test site.
Question 2 – I have not completed my certification. Am I eligible to perform the duties of a nurse aide?
Answer – If you are presently enrolled in a CNA Program course in a nursing home approved by the state, you can complete the program and get certified in 120 days. Throughout the program period, you cannot carry out any duty.