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Information for Nurse Aides

Information about training, testing, and certification for Nurse Aides

Training

Nurse Aide Training Programs are available throughout Massachusetts. Use the list of Department-approved Nurse Aide Training Programs to find a training program near you.

Waiver of Training

Specific waiver provisions are available for applicants that can verify they meet the qualifications listed at 105 CMR 156.100 (DOC). The application to request a Nurse Aide Training Waiver to take the Massachusetts Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation is available on the American Red Cross website.

Reciprocity

If you are a CNA and meet certain requirements, you may apply for Reciprocity. In order to be eligible for Reciprocity, you must be a CNA:

  • Who is certified in another state;
  • Whose certification is current and in good standing; and
  • Who has never been certified in Massachusetts.

The Reciprocity application and additional information are available on the American Red Cross website.

Testing

If you have completed an approved training program and would like to become certified, you must apply to schedule an examination. To request an application for the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Program or to schedule your examination, please contact the Massachusetts Nurse Aide Testing Office at (781) 979-4010 or (800) 962-4337 (outside of MA).

Additional information about testing is available on the American Red Cross website.

Certification renewal

To request an application for certification renewal or to ask questions about the renewal process, please contact the Massachusetts Nurse Aide Testing Office at (781) 979-4010 or (800) 962-4337 (outside of MA).

Additional information about Nurse Aide certification renewal is available on the American Red Cross website.

Expired certificates

If your nurse aide certification has expired, you may be able to renew your certification through your work experience. In order to be eligible, you must be currently employed as a nurse aide and have worked from before your certification expired to the present with no break in employment. If you are not currently employed or had a break in employment, you may need to retake the nurse aide certification test.

Contact the Massachusetts Nurse Aide Testing Office at (781) 979-4010 or (800) 962-4337 (outside of MA) to request an application for the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Program or ask questions about scheduling the exam. Additional information about testing is available on the American Red Cross website.

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