Alabama CNA Registry Guide

A comprehensive guide to the Alabama CNA Registry: From application to renewal

Welcome to the gateway for becoming a CNA in Alabama! The Alabama CNA Registry serves as the authoritative hub, ensuring the qualification, competence, and adherence to standards for all CNAs in the state. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get on the Alabama CNA Registry and essential details for maintaining an active status.

Requirements to get on the Alabama CNA Registry


There is no application to be made to the Registry. You will be automatically registered upon successful taking of the competency examination.

Minimum Age

Some training schools will require you to be at least 17 years old to apply.

Minimum Education

Some training schools may require to have a high school diploma or a GED.

Training Requirements

To qualify you must have completed a department-approved training program consisting of a minimum of 75 hours and a competency test.

Nurse aides employed by nursing facilities pursuing nurse aid certification must complete a minimum of sixteen hours of classroom training in the following areas from a department-approved nurse aide training program before any hands-on contact with residents or patients. These include communication and interpersonal skills, infection control, safety and emergency procedures, including the Heimlich maneuver, promoting residents’ independence, and respecting residents’ rights.

Competency Test

You must pass both the written or oral ($40) and skills ($45) tests to be listed on the Registry. You can take the test with Prometric.  If you do not pass the test by the third attempt and within 24 months of the training, you must be retrained in a State-approved nurse aide training program before retaking the competency test.

Background Check

Your employer will require you to carry out a background check.

Applying to appear on the Alabama CNA Registry

Where to apply

You do not need to apply to the Registry. It will be done automatically once you pass the competency examination.

Required Documentation

Not applicable.


You cannot have any substantiated adverse finding of abuse.

Processing Time

It takes approximately 2 business days from you passing your competency examination for you to appear on the Registry.

How to keep your license on the Alabama CNA Registry

Stay Active

Certifications are kept active if you are currently working or within the past 24 months worked for at least 8 paid hours in a nursing home, hospital, home health agency, hospice agency, or mental health facility.


There is no renewal process for the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry. You must meet the above qualifications to stay active.

Reactivate your expired license

If the certification expires, you must be retrained and pass the competency test again.

Alabama CNA reciprocity

For those seeking reciprocity, additional information can be found on our Alabama CNA Reciprocity page.

Alabama Registry and contact details

Link to Registry:

Link to license lookup:

Contact information:
Phone: (334) 206-5169
Fax: (334) 206-0361
Address: Alabama Certified Nurse Aide Registry, Alabama Department of Public Health, Division of Health Care Facilities, The RSA Tower, Suite 700, 201 Monroe Street, Montgomery, AL  36104