Montana CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Montana (MT)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

The Montana Department of Health has contracted with D&S Diversified Technologies, doing business asHEADMASTER (link available at the end of this page), to provide tests and scoring services for the Certified Nurse Aide. The final objective for aides is the Montana approved Certified Nurse Aide Test, in two parts: a multiple-choice written/oral test and a skills test. Candidates must pass both parts of the test to be certified and listed on the Nurse Aide Registry.

Information about the test is available in the link below (hdmaster.com)

Montana is a CNA-oriented state, HHAs relegated to entry-level positions typically hired by non-medical home care agencies to work as homemakers/companions in the homes of private individuals. HHAs who want to work for skilled nursing facilities have to join the CNA program and get on the Nurse Aide Registry as a certified nursing assistant.

In addition, there is no state exam in MT, and no state-certification. When you pass the HEADMASTER exam, you get on the Registry as a CNA.

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 Fed rules govern eligibility; you must be a citizen, a green card holder, or in possession of a work permit; you must also produce a social security number to all employers. Same (Federal regulation).
Type of Certification They don’t issue certificates; instead, you get listed on the CNA Registry, and employers verify your qualifications online. N/A
Application Form A filled application form is required together with a money order and other copies (see “other requirements” below). N/A
Age There is no minimum age requirement. Depends on employer requirements.
Driver’s License No driver’s license required as long as you can produce a photo ID. Employer requirements apply.
Education Level No high school diploma required. same
Training hours & where Fed rules: a minimum of 75 accredited hours of training, including practical training. N/A
Competence Training 16 hours of practical work, included in the above 75 hours of training. N/A
Experience No prior professional experience required. 1 year of professional caregiving required to enable you to work as a Companion/Homemaker in a private home.
Health Immunizations A negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization. same
Fingerprints 2 Fingerprints cards will be required for the background checks. N/A
Background checks Applicants must pass state and Federal criminal background checks. same
Other Requirements You will need to produce copies of social security card, work eligibility form, training diploma, TB test results, background checks, and money order. Depends on employer (assume the same).
Licensed in another state? Based on your out-of-state license, you may petition the Montana Board of Nursing for possible reciprocity. same
Exam It is the Montana approved Certified Nurse Aide Test, given in two parts, written and skills competency. N/A

 

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