CNA Certification in Texas

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To earn CNA credentials in the state of Texas involves certain steps. The first step is to participate in a training program approved by the DADS (Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services). They reassess Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Programs (CEPS) and NATCEPs (Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Programs). The next step is to qualify the exam conducted by the Pearson Vue. The students after these two steps become eligibility to appear on the Texas’s registry, administered by the DADs website.

Eligibility Criteria

It is essential to meet the given below requirements to qualify for enrolment in the certification program:

  • Candidates with 18 years age or above are allowed;
  • They must qualify a complete physical test that involves a drug screening and TB skin test;
  • They need to possess a proof of a GED and a high school diploma;
  • They are required to submit the apt forms to DADs and must own approval letter; and
  • They must submit a complete criminal background check. Candidates’ application is unaccepted if they are convicted for any criminal offence that are included in the Texas Health and Safety Code, 250.006 or they have appeared on the Employee Misconduct Registry (EMR) in the past.

How to Apply

Training is not important to some candidates who fall in any of the mentioned below categories:

  • Candidates with Nurse Aid certification from military experience;
  • Candidates with lapsed CNA certification and have also not worked in a healthcare setting for less than 2 years;
  • RN/LVN students with the training course, taken during the last 24 months; or
  • Candidates who have taken the training from other states. Standard of the training program must meet DADS standard. Such candidates have to fill the form 5510-NATCEP and submit it to DADs for authorization.

Training programs involve 24 hours of clinical work and 51 hours of classroom teaching.


The fee charged for training courses in the state of Texas vary, but it roughly costs around $ 1300 for self-paid candidate. Employers pay for their CNA aspiring employees.

The Pearson Vue testing fees are given below:

Written and Skills testing fees: $ $ 93
Oral and Skill testing (English): $ 106
Oral and Skill testing (Spanish): $ 106
Oral Spanish: $ 71
Oral English: $ 71
Written only: $ 58

Certification Renewal

  • CNA Certification expires in 24 months.
  • Candidates, who stay out of nursing services for over 24 months, need to take the Texas Nurse Aide Skills Examination again to become eligible to write the NNAAP written examination.

Must Know Facts

  • Candidates who are enrolled in a training program can work as a nursing assistant for a period of 4 months. Within this time duration they are obliged to get registered in the state’s registry. Failed candidates face termination from the nursing facilities.
  • Retraining is not required if candidates pass the Pearson Vue examination within three attempts and 2 years from the date of completion of the training program.
  • Employability check is mandatory in the state. There is no exemption for candidates who have done any of the offences that fall in the Nar, the EMR, or the Texas Department of public Safety Crime Records.