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West Virginia CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of West Virginia (WV)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification


In West Virginia, the Nurse Aide Registry is monitored by the Division of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The state-certified CNA certificate is the most basic of licensing certificates given. All nursing assistants must be certified in order to work.

The HHA license is not evident in the available writing on the nurse aide subject. HHAs are entry level companions/homemakers who are primarily hired by private families and non-medical home care agencies, usually after at least one year of professional experience providing paid care for a non-relative person.

For an HHA to climb the career ladder in WV, they need to transfer over to the CNA program.

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, national, or someone eligible to work in the U.S.;  must produce social security number. same
Type of Certification The DHHS issues certificates which you have to renew every 24 months; you also get listed on the CNA Registry, and employers can verify your certification 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. N/A
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. N/A
Training hours & where A minimum of 120 accredited hours of training, of which 65 hours are in a classroom setting, and 55 hours in clinical or practical work. At least one year of professional work to be eligible for “companion” work with a private family.
Competence Training A minimum of 55 hours (see note above). Same (see note above)
Experience No prior professional experience required. 1 year of professional work.
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). Employer requirements apply.
Background checks Applicants must undergo state and FBI background checks. Employer requirements apply.
Other Requirements Social security number must be produced; Photo ID and two photos. Employer requirements apply.
Licensed in another state? WV offers reciprocity. If you are transferring from another state with a current and unburdened license, and if the other state’s training is at par with WV’s, then you may be asked to sit for the competency test only. N/A
Exam It is referred to as the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam and consists of 72 multiple choice questions plus a skills test. N/A


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