Washington CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Washington (WA)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

The roles of the Department of Health (DOH) and Dept. of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and Aging and Disability Services overlap in the State of Washington (WA). For practical purposes, and unless Medicare and Medicaid are involved, CNAs are regulated and licensed by the Department of Health.

CNAs are also referred to as NACs in WA, for Nurse Assistant–Certified.

The other distinction is that yearly renewal of CNA licenses is required, whereas it is every two years in most other states. A $40 fee applies upon renewal, and no continuing education is required. As with most other states, applicants become CNAs first through their learning academies, and then sit for the Department of Health exam to become state certified.

The terms HHA and CNA seem to overlap in WA as well, HHAs being entry level participants who become CNAs with appropriate schooling and practice-learning.

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 requirements: must be a citizen, national, or someone eligible to work in the U.S.;  must produce a valid social security number. same
Type of Certification The Department of Health issues certificates; you also get listed on the CNA Registry, and employers verify your qualifications online. N/A
Application Form A copy of the application form can be obtained from the link below. 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 (a $30 fee also  applies). N/A
Age You must be at least 18 years old. same
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 Depends on accredited schooling program you join, but will not be less than the Fed mandated 75 hours. Be advised that training programs and number of hours differs from one school to the other. N/A
Competence Training Same note as above, but no less than 16 hours of practical, hands-on training. N/A
Experience No prior professional experience required. A non-medical home care agency may hire you for a companion or homemaker assignment if you have one year of professional experience.
Health Immunizations A negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization. Employer requirements apply.
Fingerprints 2 Fingerprints cards will be required (blanks provided with application form). N/A
Background checks State and Fed checks will be conducted. N/A
Other Requirements Social security number must be produced; Photo ID and two photos. N/A
Licensed in another state? The DOH will consider reciprocity on a case by case basis. The DOH may ask newly arrived CNA to sit for the competency exam). N/A
Exam It is referred to as the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam and given by the Department of Health in two parts, written, and practical. N/A

 

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