Alabama Nurse Aide Registry
Alabama Department of Public Health
Division of Health Care Facilities
The RSA Tower
201 Monroe Street, Suite 700
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 206-5169
The nurse aide online database allows you or an employer to obtain the required information regarding a specific nursing assistant in minutes rather than days or weeks. This feature helps to protect citizens while providing optimum healthcare services as well as reliable and current information.
How to Become a CNA in Alabama
The Alabama Nurse Aide Registry within the Alabama Department of Public Health, Division of Health Care Facilities, establishes the requirements necessary to be eligible for certification as a nurse aide in the State of Alabama. The following steps are required to become a CNA in Alabama:
- Registering for and completing a nurse aide program approved by the Alabama Department of Health. State-approved programs entail a minimum of 75 clock hours of training.
- Qualifying the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam, a two-part competency evaluation process. Passing the CNA exam results in inclusion into the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry.
Verifying Your CNA Certification in Alabama
To verify your CNA certification in Alabama, you or an employer must access the Alabama Department of Health website that features the Nurse Aide Registry in the A-Z Index. You will need to have your Social Security number ready to perform the search and access your records, i.e., your Nurse Aide Status Report and Abuse List. However, you can also phone the registry during regular office hours.
Renewing Your CNA Certification in Alabama
Your initial CNA certification will expire in 24 months from the time you qualified the competency exam. To keep it active, you need to accumulate a minimum of 8 hours of qualifying work during each 24-month time frame. Only work conducted at an approved health facility qualifies. Approved health facilities include hospices, hospitals, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. Work conducted at assisted living facilities, in private practice, or doctors’ offices or volunteer work is not credited.
Reinstating Your CNA Certification in Alabama
If you fail to complete a minimum of 8 hours of qualifying work within a 24-month time frame, you CNA Certification will expire. In order to renew your CNA Certification in Alabama, you must complete a CNA training program and pass the NNAAP exam again. You become eligible for reinstating of a lapsed certification after retraining and retesting.
Transferring your Out-of-State CNA Certification to Alabama
You can transfer your out-of-state CNA certification to Alabama if you have an active certification and are free from all the abuses in the state in which you acquired your CNA certification. Once you apply for a CNA job at a nursing home in Alabama, the employer will verify your certification in the respective state. You can transfer to the Alabama registry once the company hires you. However, you cannot transfer your CNA certification to Alabama if you wish to work in a home health care facility
You can also apply for enrollment by reciprocity via this form: