Oregon CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Oregon (OR)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification


Oregon is another state that has two levels of CNA1 and CNA2 (acute care training). When the term CNA is mentioned here however, it refers to level 1 CNAs. After becoming a CNA, career-minded Aides can sit for the CNA2 exam which requires an additional 40 accredited hours of classroom studies, plus at least 24 hours in a hospital setting.

As with several other states, a HHA is an entry level Aide with no specialized training unless they are transferring from another state that does have such training. The HHA usually has to have one year’s experience assisting someone professionally, typically as a homemaker/companion with no hands-on experience. Employers in that capacity may be non-medical home care agencies, or individuals.

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 citizen, or someone eligible to work in the U.S., per Fed regulations. same
Type of Certification CNA1,  listed on the Aide Registry, which is a registry maintained by the Oregon State Board of Nursing. No certification required until you are ready for the CNA exam.
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. N/A
Age You must be at least 18 years old. same
Driver’s License No driver’s license required. Employer requirements apply.
Education Level A high school diploma is required. Most employers will require a high school diploma.
Training hours & where 75 hours of classes at certified academies or community colleges, plus 75 hours of work at skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, or equivalent. Up to employer
Competence Training 75 hours, per above. N/A
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 Fingerprints will be required. same
Background checks State and Federal checks are made for all names listed on the application and going back 10 years in time. same
Other Requirements Photo ID and two photos. Each employer has their own requirements.
Licensed in another state? Producing a current license from another state that has at least 75 hours of tuition as a prerequisite to certification might get the OSBN to accept you after passing their competency exam. If you are licensed in another state as a CNA, then the same applies.
Exam It is referred to as the CNA1 Exam and given by the Oregon State Board of Nursing in two parts, written, and practical. N/A until you are ready for the CNA exam.


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