Vermont CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Vermont (VT)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification


It is an all-CNA program in Vermont, HHAs mentioned only as students in temporary work while getting qualified to sit for the CNA certification process. HHAs also can get private work in homes or under the supervision of an RN, but they are mostly in transition to become CNAs.

In addition, CNAs are referred to as LNAs (Licensed Nursing Assistants) in (Vermont. You have to have a high school diploma to become an LNA, and the Board of Nursing recommends that you also take classes in English, anatomy, biology and health.

Vermont also has the distinction of requiring more training hours than most other state to qualify to sit for the LNA exam (135 hours, usually divided into a 5-week period). Applicants must take 4 hours of skill practice prior to sitting for the state exam.

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, national, or someone eligible to work in the U.S. Depends on employer
Type of Certification You get listed on the LNA Registry, which is a registry maintained by the State Board of Nursing (see note above). No certification required until you are ready for the LNA training and 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, photo ID, TB test results, and 2 additional photos (form available through the link at the bottom of this page). 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 A high school diploma (or equivalent GED) is required. Most employers will require a high school diploma.
Training hours & where 135 hours of classes at certified academies or community colleges, including the practical course offered by the accredited school. Up to employer
Competence Training It depends on the accredited school through which you do your training (the Fed requirement is a minimum of 16 hours of practical 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 are made for all names listed on the application. same
Other Requirements Photo ID and two photos, a money order for $70. Each employer has their own requirements.
Licensed in another state? VT offers reciprocity to an applicant coming from another state providing their certificate is current and in good standing (in which case the applicant may be asked to sit for the skills test only). If you are licensed in another state as a CNA, then the same applies.
Exam It is referred to as the Licensed Nursing Assistant Exam and given by the State Board of Nursing in two parts, written, and practical. N/A until you have taken the LNA course and are ready for the LNA exam.


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