CNA Certification in Hawaii

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To become a CNA in Hawaii, candidates is required to take the state approved CNA training program and then have to secure scoring marks in the exam. Candidates who qualify the competency exam appear on the Hawaii CNA Registry and become eligible to work as a CNA in the state.

The ‘Hawaii Department of Consumer and Consumer Affairs’ (DCCA) is the department that administers the entire process of CNA training and certification in Hawaii. The DCCA has contracted with the Prometric to monitor the examination and handle the Nurse Aide Registry.

Eligibility Requirement:

Below are the requirements, to meet the eligibility criteria, to apply for the program regarding CNA training, in the state, Hawaii:

  • Candidate must be at least 18 years old;
  • Candidate must be educated to the grade level of 9, else he/she should take and pass the TAB test;
  • Aspirants must have MMR clearance and evidence of immunizations against the possible infections;
  • They must have a proof of a complete physical test, including a TB test and drug screening test; and
  • Aspirants must have a clear criminal background. For this, they need to take the criminal background check via the ECRIM.

How to Apply:

Candidates can have escape from the CNA training program and appear directly for the CNA competency exam if

  • The DCCA reviews the reciprocity candidates and ask for their present certification and application. And, thus these candidates can sit for the exam without taking the training; or
  • Lapsed CNAs (who had valid CNA certificate in the past) of Hawaii are also not required to take the training. They too enjoy the privilege of writing the exam directly.

Aspirants who need training can reach to the website of ‘Prometric’ to know the state approved training programs. All CNA training programs need 100 hours, which are divided between 30 hours classroom study and   70 hours clinical learning. Only after finishing up the mandatory hours of program, students become eligible to appear for the exam. Exam is done either on the Prometric website or at the place of employment (if the candidate is employed).

The examination has two parts- one is the written test and other is the practical. Tests can be given orally if candidates face language barrier or suffer from anxiety problem.


The cost of taking the CNA training in Hawaii falls in the range of $ 1000 to $ 2000. Along with this, there are expenses on books, tuition and testing fees as well that candidates must considerate.

Fees that is payable to Prometric before giving the exam, are as follows

  • Application Fees- $ 25
  • Both Written and Practical test- $ 200
  • Orally administered both written and practical- $ 210
  • Written Re-testing- $ 50
  • Skill Re-testing- $ 150
  • Oral Re-testing- $ 60

Certificate Renewal

  • Hawaii CNA certification holds its validity only for 24 months.
  • The CNAs receive the reminder mail regarding the renewal of license 90 days prior to the expiration of the CNA credentials.
  • Candidates become eligible for CNA certificates renewal only if they had paid employed and worked for at least 8 hours in a nursing facility during the latest certification period.

Must Know Facts:

  • It is mandatory for aspirants to qualify the exam within 3 attempts and in the two years from the completion of the training program. If a candidate fails, he/she is needed to re-train and re-test.
  • During the training, students can work in nursing facilities but only for 120 days. In those 120 days, they are required to complete the training and pass the competency exam. If they don’t, they can’t serve further.
  • Unused testing fees is neither refunded nor used for a new eligibility period, if candidates fail to finish testing at the time of the eligibility period.
  • Under Federal Laws, expenses on certification testing, training, books and other study materials are met by the employer not candidate, if the candidate is employed (or got offer to work) with a nursing home during the CNA training.