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Iowa CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Iowa (IA)

Iowa CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Iowa (IA)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

Iowa is CNA-oriented, rendering HHAs to entry-level positions in the homes of private individuals, or working as homemakers/companions for non-medical home care agencies. The only requirement for an aide to be hired as an HHA by such an agency is that they be eligible to work in the U.S., pass a criminal background check, and have one year’s paid professional experience.

CNAs have only the threshold of passing their school test and competency exam to get automatically registered on the state nurse aide registry. In Iowa, the state does not have a certification exam for CNAs. Further, guidelines for the competency part of the training vary depending on where the CNA plans to work. In some cases it is stated that 30 of the 75 hours of training have to be in practical work, whereas in other cases the requirement is only 16 hours of practical work. It is always recommended that applicants enroll in courses that have more hours of both theoretical as well as practical, in case they wish to relocate to other states or work in more skills-oriented environments.

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 The Iowa Division of Health Facilities does not issue certificates; you get listed on the Nurse Aide Registry, and employers can verify your certification online; you have to renew every 24 months. N/A
Application Form You get listed on the registry automatically after passing the school tests; there is no state exam to apply for. N/A
Age There is no age requirement. N/A
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 not required. N/A
Training hours & where A minimum of 75 accredited hours of training, of which 16 hours are in clinical or practical work (in some case it is 30 hours of practical work, not 16 –see note above). At least one year of professional work to be eligible for “companion” work with a private family.
Competence Training A minimum of 16 or 30 hours (see note above). N/A
Experience No prior professional experience required. 1 year of professional work.
Health Immunizations A negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization. Employer requirements apply.
Fingerprints 2 Fingerprint cards will be required for background check. Employer requirements apply.
Background checks Applicants must undergo state and FBI background checks. Employer requirements apply.
Other Requirements Social security number must be produced; Photo ID and two photos. Employer requirements apply.
Licensed in another state? IO offers reciprocity if you are transferring from another state with a current and unburdened license. N/A
Exam There is no exam; after passing the school test, you automatically  become a CNA (see above note) N/A


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