CNA Certification in Colorado

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It is a process of a few steps to own a CNA certification in Colorado. Firstly, candidates have to meet the qualifying criteria to work as a CNA in the Colorado. If he/she is eligible, then the next step is to undergo the state approved training, followed by the examination.

The agency, ‘State Board of Nursing’ reviews and approves the CNA training programs in Colorado.  This agency seeks the help of the ‘Pearson Vue’ group for the testing of CNA certification. The standards of the ‘National Nurse Aide Assessment Program’ (NNAAP) are used for written and skill testing

Eligibility Requirement:

  • Proof of a GED or possess a high school Diploma
  • Own a complete physical exam, right from drug screening, TB test and also proof of immunizations.
  • Deposited the required forms to DADS and got your approval letter.
  • No criminal background. Criminal background is checked with the help of the ‘American Data Bank’.
  • Have a current CPR card.

How to Apply:

  • An RN or an LPN (without previous CNA certification) can directly apply for the exam without taking training program and get the license.
  • A LPT, LPN or RN from other states can also directly apply for the exam without seeking CNA training program of the state and earn license to work as a CNA in the state.
  • A nurse who has acquired training outside of the United States can appear for the CNA certification exam of Colorado.
  • Nurses from other states who lack CNA certification can also appear for the exam.
  • A CNA whose license has expired can also write the exam to make it activate.


The cost to earn CNA credentials in the state ranges from a few hundred dollar to one thousand dollars. One way to get free education is to work while taking the training. In this case, it is the employer who pays all the fees.

  • Written and skill test- $ 95
  • Skills and Oral n Spanish/ English- $ 95
  • Oral English/ Spanish- $ 25
  • Written only- $ 25
  • Skills only- $ 70

Above mentioned fees is exclusive of the Pearson Vue testing fees.

The state approved CNA training programs ranges between 90 and 160 hours. This duration is divided between the classroom lectures and clinical skills. The entire program on an average takes six to seven weeks to complete.

Must Know Facts:

  • Sample test questions guide is of immense help while getting ready for the tests. The candidate can find the guide on-

  •  Candidates get 120 days to complete the training and qualify the exam, if they attend the state approved CNA program. If aspirants fail to get on the registry during this time period, they are terminated from the nurse aide service. To work as a CNA in the state, enrolment in the training is essential.
  • Candidate is registered on the Nurse Aide Registry only if he/she takes and passes the written (or oral) and skill exams within a period of 24 months.

The CNA certification expires in two years, thus renewal of it is required to maintain its validity and stay in the service. Two –or-three months before expiration, renewal form is mailed to candidates otherwise CNA registry of the state can be contacted for the same. But if you are out of service for more than 2 years in Colorado then there is no need of renewal of the license.