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CNA - Licensing / Certification

Training for nursing assistants in an approved certification program is required for employment in medicare-certified agencies such as nursing homes. Several community colleges, area vocational centers, and high schools in Illinois offer certification programs.
In order to qualify as a certified nursing assistant, an applicant must:

  • be at least 16 years of age;
  • pass an Illinois State Police background check;
  • have completed 8 years of grade school or provide proof of equivalent knowledge;
  • complete an approved Nursing Assistant Training Program or equivalent training;
  • pass an exam; and,
  • pay an exam fee.

Contact the Illinois Department of Public Health for a list of approved training programs:

Illinois Department of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
Phone: 217.782.4977
Fax: 217.782.3987 External link opens in a new window

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