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Arizona CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Arizona (AZ)

Arizona CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Arizona (AZ)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

HHAs are entry level nurse aides in Arizona. They do not need licensing to work, though many medical establishments require that they be certified as a CNA (not necessarily state-certified, but certified by their training academies). In addition, Medicaid and Medicare-certified home health agencies and long term care establishments require that the CNA be state certified.

In Arizona you can become a CNA simply by passing the certification exam at the academy or school where you took your classes and practical training. If you want to become a state-certified CNA, you need to qualify and sit for the exam given by the Board of Nursing as well. Only state certified CNAs can work in Medicare or Medicaid-certified establishments, such as nursing homes and other.

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 Must be citizen, National, or someone eligible to work in the U.S. Same requirements by employer
Type of Certification You get listed on the State Nurse Aide Registry;if you want a certificate with your photo on it, there is a fee of $40. No certification required until you are ready for the CNA exam
Application Form A filled application form is required together with all supplemental information, such as high school and training diplomas and proof of eligibility to work as described above. N/A
Age No age minimum is imposed. Most employers will require a minimum of 18 y.o.a.
Driver’s License Clean driver’s license required. Employer requirements apply
Education Level You will be required to produce a high school diploma or GED. Most employers will require a high school diploma.
Training hours & where 75 hours of classes at state-accredited establishments (including nursing homes). Up to employer
Competence Training 100 hours of clinical rotation. N/A
Experience No prior professional experience required None required
Health Immunizations A negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization. Employer requirements apply
Fingerprints Upon certification, Aides receive a state fingerprint card that verifies that they are who they say they are and have no criminal history. See “background checks”
Background checks Applicants for the state exam are given background checks before they get certified. HHAs must pass a criminal background check to receive a fingerprint card. New HHAs must apply for a fingerprint clearance card within 20 working days of employment.(see link at bottom).
Other Requirements Photo ID and two photos Each employer has their own requirements.
Licensed in another state? Not a problem. Show your current license plus proof that you attended within the last 24 months either 120 accredited of combined training, or 75 hours of theoretical learning plus 45 hours of practical training. If not in last two years, your license plus proof of having worked as a CNA for 160 hours every two years since you completing a state approved training course. If you are licensed in another state as a CNA, then the same applies.
Exam It is referred to as the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam and given by the State Board of Nursing in two parts, written, and practical. N/A until you are ready for the CNA exam.


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