Hawaii Nurse Aide Registry

Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Professional & Vocational Licensing
Honolulu, HI 96801
Phone: (808) 739-8122
Fax: (808) 734-8318

Prometric – HI Nurse Aide
354 Uluniu Street, Suite 308, Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: (800) 967-1200

Nurse aides in the state of Hawaii are regulated by the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Prometric has been designated to maintain the Hawaii Nurse Aide Registry and administer the CNA Competency Examination process. In Hawaii, nurse aides are listed in the Hawaii CNA Registry upon completing a state-approved CNA program and passing the subsequent skills and knowledge evaluations. Nurse aides certified in other states may be added to the Hawaii Nurse Aide Registry by reciprocity. Furthermore, healthcare professionals who have completed classes similar to nurse aides may request certification.

How to Become a NEW CNA in Hawaii

An individual who seeks to become a new CNA in the state of Hawaii must complete the following steps:

  1. Select a CNA Program from the list of state-approved programs
  2. Complete an application form for Hawaii CNA Examination with Prometric
  3. Pass both the skills and knowledge parts of the Competency Examinations
  4. Receive a CNA certificate and be added to the Hawaii Nurse Aide Registry

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Certification Renewal for Hawaii Nurse Aides

Nurse aides in Hawaii must renew their certification every 24 months. Eligibility criteria for renewal include:

  1. Having performed a minimum of 8 hours of paid nursing, direct care, or nursing-related services under the supervision of a Registered or Licensed Practical Nurse.
  2. Applicants must submit their recertification application
  3. s within 30 days of the expiration period, but not earlier than 30 days.

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Renewal Certification Form

Reinstatement of a Lapsed Nurse Aide Certificate

The CNA registry in Hawaii allows individuals who have allowed their certification to expire to get re-certified. Applicants may find themselves in one of two possible situations:

  1. Re-take the competency exam if the program they have attended is on the current list of state-approved programs for nurse aides in Hawaii:
  2. Complete an active program and re-take the competency exam if the program they attended originally is no longer on the list or approved programs or was not state-approved.

The CNA schools displayed in this section offer tuition-based programs.

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Application to reinstate lapsed certificate

Out-of-state CNA Certification Transfer

The second route an individual can be added to the Hawaii Nurse Aide Registry is via reciprocity. Reciprocity is the process of transferring a nurse aide’s certification from another state to Hawaii. The out-of-state nurse may be added directly to the registry or may need to take the competency exam. Here are the steps that an out-of-state CNA should take in order to be added to the registry:

  1. Fill out an application form for reciprocity
  2. Attach a copy of an active certificate from another state
  3. Submit the application, certificate, fees, and other required documentation to Prometric.
  4. Wait for their decision

Contact Prometric for an Application for Certification by Reciprocity