Montana CNA Registry Guide

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

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

Requirements to get on the Montana CNA Registry


The application process is free of charge.

Minimum Age

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

Minimum Education

Training school may require to have a high school diploma or a GED.

Training Requirements

To qualify you must take a course approved by the State, which requires a minimum of 75 hours of training including 16 hours of supervised practical training. You can find more information here.

Competency Test

Certification through the Montana Certified Nurse Aide Exam: to be certified on the Montana Nurse Aide Registry, you must take the Montana Certified Nurse Aide exams, administered by D&S Diversified Technologies (Headmaster). Contact  Headmaster to set up the exams.

Background Check

This will likely be required by your employer.

Applying to appear on the Montana CNA Registry

Where to apply

Certification through the Montana Certified Nurse Aide Exam: once you have completed the Montana Nurse Aide Training Program and successfully passed the Montana Certified Nurse Aide exam, you must go to the BOUNDS Portal, select the Certified Nurse Aide type, and the CNA by Exam Application. Once the Certification Bureau receives your passing results from D&S Diversified Technologies, the application will be processed and you will be placed on the Registry.

Certification through the Montana Nurse Aide Nursing Student Application: those students attending a Montana University or College in the Nursing Program that have completed the required course listed here may apply as a CNA. You have to apply through the BOUNDS Portal, select the Certified Nurse Aide type and the Montana Nursing Student Application, and send a copy of your official transcript by email to

Required Documentation

For those getting certified through the Nurse Aide Nursing Student Application, you must send a copy of your official transcript by email to


A finding of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of property may prevent you from being registered, and if registered, will be found on the Registry.

Processing Time


How to keep your license on the Montana CNA Registry

Stay Active

The certification period is for 24 months, and you must renew every 2 years by providing verification that you have worked a minimum of eight hours during the 24-month time frame.


Certificates can be renewed starting 90 days before expiration through the BOUNDS portal.

Processing time: unknown.

Reactivate your expired license

If the certification expires, you must contact the Registry (see details below). You may be required to re-take the examination. 

Montana CNA reciprocity

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

Montana Registry and contact details

Link to Registry:

Link to license lookup:

Contact information:
Email: Email: cna@mt.go
Phone: (406) 444-4980
Address: 2401 Colonial Drive, 2nd Floor, PO Box 202953, Helena MT  59620-2953