Michigan Nurse Aide Registry

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Community & Health Systems
Health Facility Professional and Nurse Aide Section
P.O. Box 30664, Lansing, MI 48909
E-mail: BCHS-CNA-Registry@michigan.gov
Nurse Aide Phone: 517-284-8961
Bureau Phone: 517-335-1980
Prometric Contact Information:
Prometric Website
Phone: 800-752-4724

The Long-Term Care Division of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) regulates the Michigan CNA Registry. While LARA approves nurse aide training programs in Michigan, Prometric has been assigned to maintain the registry.


Initial CNA Certification in Michigan

The route to becoming a new Certified Nurse Aide in Michigan comprises of two steps:

  1. Enroll in and successfully complete a state-approved nurse aide training program
  2. Apply for testing and eligibility to Prometric

Verifying Registry Status

Nursing homes that wish to hire a nurse aide must verify their registry status through the Prometric website or call 800-748-0252.

Check a registry status

Certification Renewal for Nurse Aides in Michigan

According to the CNA registry in Michigan, nurse aides must renew their certificates every 24 months. To be eligible for certification renewal, nurse aides must submit proof of employment as a CNA for a minimum of 8 consecutive hours in the last 24-month period prior to their current expiration date. In addition, they must submit a renewal form and a renewal fee to Prometric. Typically, Prometric sends out a renewal notice/reminder 45 days prior to the current registry document expiration date. All certificates must be renewed BEFORE the expiration date on the holder’s certificate.

Application for certification renewal

Reinstatement of a Lapsed Nurse Aide Certificate

If a nurse aide has not worked as a CNA for monetary compensation in the last 24 months and the certificate has lapsed, the nurse aide is required to re-take the competency exam given that they have completed a state-approved training program for CNAs in the state of Michigan. To schedule for testing, nurse aides with lapsed certificates must contact Prometric.

Application to reinstate an expired license

Certification by Reciprocity

Out-of-state nurse aides can become certified in the state of Michigan by reciprocity if their certificate is current and in good standing in their home state. The conditions for application for certification by reciprocity are listed in the Michigan Public health Code under Section 333.21913.

Reciprocity application

Trained out of state

All applicants who have trained out of state but have not become certified in their home state can take the competency exam and become certified in Michigan if their have completed a training program in the last two years in one of the following states:

List of States