Rhode Island CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Rhode Island (RI)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

Rhode Island (RI) is a CNA-oriented state, HHAs being entry-level Aides who can work as companions/homemakers hired by non-medical home care organizations or individual families. When the non-certified HHA manages to get hired by a nursing home or other healthcare facility, the RN-supervised hours worked there can help in meeting the competency requirements of the state when sitting for the CNA exam.

The CNA course requires a minimum of 100 hours of training that include at least 20 hours of hands-on practical work, frequently accomplished at a nursing home or other healthcare establishment. It is worth noting that most accredited training courses offer more hours than those mandated (it is always advisable for the CNA to choose one of the programs with more hours, in case of transfer to other states with higher requirements).

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., per Fed requirements (including green card holders and those with work permits). same
Type of Certification You get listed on the Nurse Aide Registry, which is a registry maintained by the RI Department of Health; employers can verify your certification online. 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 16 years old. same
Driver’s License No driver’s license required. Employer requirements apply.
Education Level No high school diploma required. Most employers will require a high school diploma.
Training hours & where 100 hours of classes at certified academies or community colleges, including 20 hours of practical training, must be completed within a 90-day period. Up to employer.
Competence Training Included in above-described training. 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 will be conducted. same
Other Requirements Photo ID and two photos. Each employer has their own requirements.
Licensed in another state? Reciprocity is available, providing your CNA license was obtained in a state that has an equivalent curriculum and number of hours of training. If you are licensed in another state as a CNA, then the same applies.
Exam It is referred to as the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam and given by the Department of Health professionals in two parts, written, and practical. N/A until you are ready for the CNA exam.


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