Colorado CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Colorado (CO)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

The agency that governs CNA affairs in Colorado is the Department of Regulatory Affairs (DORA) Board of Nursing. Whereas normally an HHA is restricted to performing companionship and homemaker services only, in CO the HHA can also perform personal care tasks.

HHAs do not have a clear path in the nursing hierarchy in Colorado; in fact, they are barely mentioned anywhere in the CO certification requirements. It is however known that a non-medical home care agency will hire a non-certified aide who has at least one year’s professional (non-relative) experience for clients who require companionship and homemaking services.

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., as per Fed & state regulations. same
Type of Certification You get listed on the State Nurse Aide Registry; The Registry gives out certificates; you have to renew your certificate every 24 months. No certification required until you are ready for the CNA exam (see above note).
Application Form A filled application form is required together with all supplemental information, such as training diploma, proof of eligibility to work as described above, and background check. N/A
Age No age minimum is imposed. same
Driver’s License Driver’s license not required. Up to Employers
Education Level You will not be required to have graduated high school. Some employers will require a high school diploma.
Training hours & where Must complete and pass a Board-approved training course of 80 hours of classes (including practical training). Up to employer
Competence Training Practical training is included in the above classroom training and will differ with each approved school. There are over 100 state approved schools and venues in CO, including long term care establishments. N/A
Experience No prior professional experience required. Most employers (non-medical home care agencies) will require you to have one year’s experience as a professional companion.
Health Immunizations A negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization. Employer requirements apply.
Fingerprints Aides must submit fingerprint cards together with state application. See “background checks”.
Background checks Applicants for the state exam are given state and Fed background checks before they get certified. HHAs must apply for a fingerprint clearance card within 20 working days of employment.
Other Requirements Photo ID and two photos. Each employer has their own requirements.
Licensed in another state? CO does not offer reciprocity. Aides coming from other states must sit for both the written as well as the practical exam. same
Exam It is the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam, in two parts, written and practical, in which you get licensed by the State Board of Nursing and added to their Registry. N/A until you are ready for the CNA exam.

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