Wisconsin CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Wisconsin (WI)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification


It’s all about CNAs in Wisconsin, HHAs featuring nowhere in the certification programs. As in several other states, the HHA is an entry-level aide who can work privately with families or at non-medical home care agencies in the capacity of a homemaker or companion, i.e. with no hands-on tasks.

An ambitious HHA wanting to climb the career ladder has to consider shifting over to the CNA programs in WI.

Nurse aide training programs offered through correspondence or on-line services are not approved in Wisconsin. For approved courses, check the link at the bottom of this page for a listing by the WI DHHS.

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) When taking job.
Type of Certification At the end of formal training, you must register with the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Exam to to sit for their exam and be state-certified. N/A
Application Form The school where you get certified will equip you with all your needs for the state exam (forms can also be obtained from the link at the bottom of this page). N/A
Age No set requirements regarding age. Employer requirements apply.
Driver’s License No set requirements as long as you have a photo ID. Employer requirements apply.
Education Level No requirement for high school diploma. Employer requirements apply.
Training hours & where A minimum of 120 accredited hours of training in which 32 hours to consist of practical work (frequently accomplished in a nursing home or other long term care facility. N/A
Competence Training 32 hours of hands-on training (see above note) 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 2-step negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization will be required by most schools. Employer requirements apply.
Fingerprints required N/A
Background checks State and FBI criminal background checks will be required. Employer requirements apply.
Other Requirements Check school requirements (see link at the bottom of this page). Employer requirements apply.
Licensed in another state? Based on your out-of-state license, you may petition the Division of quality Assurance (DQA) for possible reciprocity. At best, you will be asked to sit for the competency test only. N/A
Exam Applicants must sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program examination within one year from the date of training completion; they will receive a certification card upon passing the exam. N/A


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