Virginia CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Virginia (VA)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification


Virginia is a CNA-oriented state. There doesn’t seem to be much specified for HHAs who can work as homemakers/companions if they have one year’s paid experience looking after a non-relative. It must therefore be assumed that HHAs can work in private homes at the discretion of the employer, which may be a non-medical home care agency. They must however register for a CNA course in order to work for long term care establishments and in home health care.

CNAs can be certified by their academies, but not necessarily also by the state. CNAs need to be state-certified however in order to work for Medicare and Medicaid-certified establishments.

Online certification courses are suspect in Virginia. You would do well to check with the Board of Nursing before you invest in some courses, irrespective of what the school says in its advertising.

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, national, 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 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. Depends on employer
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 120 accredited hours of training, including practical training. Schools will have different schedules and number of hours, as long as they are accredited by the State. N/A
Competence Training See above 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 (blanks provided with application form). N/A
Background checks Applicants must pass a criminal background check. same
Other Requirements Social security number must be produced; Photo ID and two photos. Depends on employer (assume the same).
Licensed in another state? Based on your out-of-state license, you may petition the Virginia Board of Nursing for possible reciprocity. At best, you will be asked to sit for the competency test. 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. N/A


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