Delaware CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Delaware (DE)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

In DE, The Nurse Aide Registry is regulated by the Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection, which is part of the Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS).

Once you are listed on the registry, you need to renew your certificate every 24 months. This is done through an application process that includes producing certain documents (e.g. proof of ongoing continuing education) and does not involve additional examinations.

The other distinguishing factor about Delaware is that over and above their requirement for background checks, there are mandatory drug testing that are required by long term care facilities, such as nursing homes and skilled nursing organizations.

HHAs with one year of professional experience can work directly for a family as a companion or homemaker or through a non-medical home care agency. In order to perform hands-on personal care, the HHA must get certified as a CNA.

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
Type of Certification You get listed on the DE Nurse Aide Registry as a CNA , with required renewals every 24 months. 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 (or GED), training diplomas, and proof of eligibility to work as described above. N/A
Age Must be 18 years of age or older. same
Driver’s License No driver’s license required. Employer requirements apply.
Education Level A high school diploma is required. Most employers will require a high school diploma.
Training hours & where 75 hours of classes at accredited academies or community colleges, plus at least 16 hours of practical training. Up to employer
Competence Training At least 16 hours, per above. N/A
Experience No prior professional experience required. A minimum of one year’s professional experience is required to work with a non-medical home care agency as a companion.
Health Immunizations A negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization. Employer requirements apply.
Fingerprints Fingerprints will be required. same
Background checks State and Federal checks are made for all names listed on the application and going back 5 years in time. same
Other Requirements Photo ID and two photos are required. In addition, pre-employment drug testing is enforced for work at long term care facilities. Each employer has their own requirements.
Licensed in another state? If you are licensed in a state that has an equal number of accredited training hours, then DE may ask you to just take the skills test. 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 monitored by the Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection. N/A until you are ready for the CNA exam.

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