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Hawaii CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Hawaii (HI)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

The American Red Cross Hawaii administers the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Exam for the State of Hawaii. It consists of two tests and takes approximately 5 1/2 hours to complete.

The Red Cross sets high standards and provides/requires 130+ hours of instruction. Successful completion of this course prepares the student to take the Hawaii State Nurse Assistant Competency Exam and become a state-certified CNA. The in-house course costs $1,285, while the online course costs $1,385.

Prior to this competency exam, applicants must become HI CNAs by completing a minimum of 100 hours training program at a state-approved Nurse Assistant Training School (a minimum of 70 hours of lecture/lab work and 30 hours of clinical practice at a skilled nursing or long term care facility).

Only state-certified CNAs get listed on the Nurse Aide Registry and become employable by Medicare and Medicaid-certified establishments.

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 a citizen, national, or someone eligible to work in the U.S.;  must produce social security number. same
Type of Certification Hawaii issues certificates to state-certified CNAs, and you get listed on the Nurse Aide Registry where employers verify your qualifications online. N/A
Application Form A filled application form is required together with all supplemental information, such as high school and training diplomas, CNA certificate and proof of eligibility to work as described above. N/A
Age You must be at least 18 years old. same
Driver’s License No driver’s license required as long as you can produce a photo ID. Employer requirements apply.
Education Level High school diploma required. same
Training hours & where First 70 hours of accredited classes to become a CNA, then 130+ hours to become state-certified (see above notes). Fed requirements mandate 75 hours of training to be eligible for work in long term care facilities.
Competence Training First 30 hours of practical work, then part of the 130+ hours of training for the state-certified CNA program (see above notes). 16 hours of practical work, per Fed regulations to be eligible for work in long term care facilities.
Experience No prior professional experience required. None required
Health Immunizations A 2-step negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization. Employer requirements apply
Fingerprints 2 Fingerprints cards will be required (blanks provided with application form). same
Background checks State and Federal background checks apply. same
Other Requirements Social security number must be produced; Photo ID and two photos. same
Licensed in another state? Reciprocity is considered on a case by case basis, the Board deciding whether to exempt the applicant from the written part of the exam. The skills test is always given. same
Exam It is referred to as the Hawaii State Nurse Assistant Competency Exam and applicants who pass become state-certified CNAs; the written part consists of multiple choice questions and, together with the skills test, takes 5 ½ hours. You sit for it concurrently with CNA exam, or after CNA certification.


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