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Idaho CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of North Idaho (ID)

Idaho CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of North Idaho (ID)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

HHAs do not have a clear path in the nursing hierarchy in Idaho; in fact, the term HHA is barely mentioned anywhere in the ID 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.

ID is definitely CNA-oriented. ID’s Board of Nursing (part of the Department of Health & Welfare) regulates the state’s certified nurse aide training and registry. CNAs have a high threshold to pass, the requirements before being able to sit for the state exam include 80 hours of classroom lessons plus 40 hours of clinical work.

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 or someone eligible to work in the U.S., as per Fed & state regulations. N/A
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. N/A
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. N/A
Driver’s License Driver’s license not required. N/A
Education Level You will not be required to have graduated high school. N/A
Training hours & where Must complete and pass a Board-approved training course of 120 hours of classes, including 40 hours of practical work. N/A
Competence Training 40 hours of practical work is included with the above training course. N/A
Experience No prior professional experience required N/A
Health Immunizations A negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization. N/A
Fingerprints Aides must submit fingerprint cards together with state application. N/A
Background checks Applicants for the state exam are given state and Fed background checks before they get certified. N/A
Other Requirements Photo ID and two photos, plus immunization certificate and proof of eligibility to work. N/A
Licensed in another state? ID offers reciprocity: aides coming from other states sit for the practical exam only if their license is current and in good standing. N/A
Exam It is the State-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


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