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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