Indiana CNA Registry Guide

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

Welcome to the gateway for becoming a CNA in Indiana! The Indiana 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 Indiana CNA Registry and essential details for maintaining an active status.

Requirements to get on the Indiana CNA Registry


The application process is free of charge.

Minimum Age

There is no age requirement to be eligible for registration. However, some training schools may require you to be at least 18 years old.

Minimum Education

There is no minimum education requirement for Registry consideration. However, some training schools may require you to have a high school diploma or a GED.

Training Requirements

To qualify, you must complete a 105-hour state-approved Nurse Aide Training Program (see here for a list of approved training sites).

To fulfill the clinical instruction requirements, a minimum of 32 out of the mandatory 75 hours must be completed in a licensed nursing home approved by the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH). The remaining 43 hours can be completed in various settings:

  • Simulated lab
  • Licensed nursing home approved by the IDOH
  • Licensed Assisted Living facility approved by the IDOH, with a maximum of 20 hours permitted.

All clinical instruction must be supervised by a licensed registered nurse or practical nurse. Detailed documentation is essential, including dates, time frames, and distinctions between clinical sites, labs, and hours completed in Assisted Living (if applicable). Documentation should include signatures from both students and instructors for each day.

Competency Test

The Indiana CNA competency test consists of a two-part examination, including a written or oral test and a skills demonstration. To take the test, you’ll need to schedule it through Ivy Tech Community College.

For application, complete the Indiana State Department of Health Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation (CNA) online. Payment is made online using a credit/debit card during the application process. The fee for both the written and skills tests is $75.00. If you choose to take only one test (written or skills), the fee is $65.00.

Ivy Tech Community College will contact you via email with instructions on how to schedule your exam. You’ll be able to select the Ivy Tech Campus Testing Center that best suits your location and preferred date/time.

Background Check

This will be carried out by the health care provider or agency you will work with.

Applying to appear on the Indiana CNA Registry

Where to apply

You don’t need to apply to the Registry yourself. Once you pass the examination, the Ivy Tech Community College will inform the Registry that you have passed the test and you will be added to the Registry.

Required Documentation

Not applicable. Registration is handled by the Ivy Tech Community College.


You will not be listed on the Registry if you have employment restrictions based on criminal convictions or substantiated complaints that bar you from working as a CNA in Indiana.

Processing Time

The processing time for applications is approximately 90 days from passing your examinations.

How to keep your license on the Indiana CNA Registry

Stay Active

To maintain your active status and eligibility to work, you must provide a minimum of 8 hours of aide and aide-related services for pay within the 24 months preceding your certification expiration date, as well as within each subsequent 2-year period thereafter. Note that private care hours are not accepted in Indiana.

If you do not meet the above requirements, you will have to take the training program and exams again.


You can renew your license online by logging in to the Indiana CNA license portal.

Reactivate your expired license

If your certification has expired within the last 8 months, you can renew it by logging in to the Indiana CNA license portal. Simply use the “Login with Access Indiana Authentication” button to access your account and proceed with the renewal process.

For certifications that expired more than 8 months ago, you’ll need to complete the expired renewal form provided by your employing facility. Once completed, they must submit it to on your behalf to initiate the renewal process.

If your certification is in “Registry History” status, reach out to the Registry directly at for further assistance and guidance on how to proceed.

Indiana CNA reciprocity

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

Indiana Registry and contact details

Link to Registry:

Link to license lookup:

Contact information:
Phone: (317) 233-7442, Option 1
Fax: (317) 233-7750
Address: Indiana Department of Health, Aides Registry, 2 North Meridian Street, 4B, Indianapolis, IN 46204