Alabama CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Alabama (AL)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

A CNA working in the home health care field is referred to as a Home Health Aide (HHA) in many states. America is aging at a rapid pace, and people are living longer, which makes CNA/HHA employment in eldercare, and particularly in home care, very promising going forward.

Alabama is more CNA than HHA-oriented. HHAs have a lesser requirement of 40 instead of 75 hours of accredited classes. HHAs are mentioned mostly in the context of “entry level” assistants in nursing homes as well as private homes. They do not get certified unless they can subsequently apply and meet the requirements of the State for CNA certification.

Note: Fed regulations require certified aides who work in Medicare or Medicaid-reimbursed facilities to accumulate 12 hours of continuing education per 12 month period.

We list the higher between Federal (Fed) and State requirements

Requirements CNA HHA
Work Eligibility Fed regulations require that you fill an I-9 eligibility form: citizens, green card holders, and persons with work permits or work visas only are eligible to work in Alabama. Same (later when employed)
Type of Certification You get listed on the State Nurse Aide Registry with the Department of Public Health – No certificates issued. Employers would verify your listing online. Certified by the school as a HHA but not state certified.
Application Form A filled application form is required. N/A
Age No age minimum is imposed. same
Driver’s License Photo ID, not necessarily driver’s license. Employer requirements apply
Education Level You will be required to produce a high school diploma or GED. No high school requirement.
Training hours & where Both Fed and state require a minimum of 75 hours at certified academies or community colleges. 40 hours (must score 70 on school exam)
Competence Training 100 hours of clinical rotation are required. Must successfully complete 6 months of probationary period.
Experience No prior professional experience required. None required
Health Immunizations A negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization. School requirements apply
Fingerprints You must submit two fingerprint cards. School requirements apply
Background checks Current state and Fed background checks required Employers will require
Other Requirements Photo ID and two photos N/A
Exam It is referred to as the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam and given by the Department of Health. It must be taken within 24 months of nurse school diploma, and it consists of a written part and a practical part. Graduation exam from school
Licensed in another state? Alabama grants reciprocity readily as long as the (other) state license is “unencumbered” (no blemishes or abuse citations) and current.

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