Delaware Nurse Aide Registry

Delaware State Nurse Aide Registry
Delaware Health and Social Services
Division of Health Care Quality, Office of Long-Term Care Residents Protection
24 N.W. Front Street
Milford, DE 19963-1463
Phone: 302-577-6666

Becoming a CNA in Delaware

To work as a Certified Nursing Assistant in Delaware, you must take required training via a state-approved training program and pass a competency examination within 24 months of completing the program. Once you’ve passed the examination, you will be placed on the CNA registry. Nursing assistants who are not featured on the CNA registry (in good standing) cannot work in intermediate care facilities. Prometric is responsible for administering the exam and managing the CNA Registry for The Delaware Division of Long-Term Care Residents Protection (DLTCR).


Online Certification Verification

Employers can verify if a CNA is in good standing online or by phone at (302) 421-7403. Intermediate care facilities should not hire individuals with negative findings related to neglect, abuse, misappropriation or property or mistreatment of residents.

Online Verification of Certification

Certification Renewal

Eligibility criteria for certification renewal in the state of Delaware include having performed both of the following within each 24-month certification period:

  • Having performed 24 hours of CE.
  • Having performed 64 hours of paid nursing-related activities.

Passing a new competency test is required if:

  • A CNA did not perform a minimum of 24 hours of nursing-related services in a certification time period.
  • A CNA failed to complete the required CE.

Repeating the training program is required when a CNA failed testing 3 times.

Prometric will send all CNAs a renewal notification 45 days before their certification is due to expire. The fee for application renewal is $25.00.

Application for Certification Renewal

Lapsed Certificate Reinstatement

CNAs can reinstate their lapsed certification within 30 days of lapsing given that they have completed all renewal requirements within an active certification. The request for reinstatement entails a $25.00 fee.

Application to Reinstate an Expired License

CNA Certification Transfer

Out-of-state CNAs can transfer their certification to Delaware through the process of reciprocity. CNAs applying for certification through reciprocity must meet the following conditions:

  • They must have an active certification from another state and are in good standing in the certifying state.

Exception! For Maryland, CNAs must also hold a current Geriatric Nursing Assistant certificate.

  • They must have performed a minimum of 3 months of paid nursing-related services within the last 24 months or they have completed a training program equal to at least 150 hours;

Application and Instructions for Certification by Reciprocity

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