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Maryland CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Maryland

Maryland CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Maryland

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification


In Maryland, the CNA certificate is the most basic of licensing certificates given. All nursing assistants must be certified in order to work.

Further, any other certifications, including the HHA certification, are in addition to the CNA certification. The CNA certification must be completed first or in conjunction with the HHA.

The Home Health Aide (HHA) program – meets training requirements of Federal law and is required to work in licensed home health care agencies.

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 They don’t issue certificates; instead, you get listed on the CNA Registry, and employers verify your qualifications online. same
Application Form A filled application form is required together with all supplemental information, such as high school and training diplomas and proof of eligibility to work as described above. same
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 A minimum of 75 accredited hours of training, plus 100 hours of hands-on experience in a clinical setting. Same (be advised that training programs and number of hours differ from one school to the other).
Competence Training 100 hours. Same (see note above)
Experience No prior professional experience required. None required
Health Immunizations A 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 Applicants must be fingerprinted through the Live Scan process. same
Other Requirements Social security number must be produced; Photo ID and two photos. same
Licensed in another state? No reciprocity with other states. You need to sit for exam per above requirements (you may challenge the board of nursing into allowing you to sit for the competency exam). same
Exam It is referred to as the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam and given by the State Board of Nursing in two parts, written, and practical. You sit for it concurrently with CNA exam, or after CNA certification.

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