Ohio CNA Registry Guide

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

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

Requirements to get on the Ohio 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 follow the Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation (NATCEP) training. The training consists of at least 59 hours of classroom experience and skills training and at least 16 hours of supervised resident care in a long-term care facility (nursing home only), totaling 75 hours.

Upon completion of a NATCEP training, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and be eligible to register for the state nurse aide competency test.

Competency Test

To be certified on the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry, you must pass the knowledge exam (you must score over 70%) and a manual skills test (you must have a score of over 80% without missing “key steps” as identified in the candidate handbook). You must register with TMU (https://oh.tmuniverse.com/) to sign up to take the examinations.

– Knowledge Exam or Retake $26
– Audio Version of the Knowledge Exam or Retake $36
– Skill Test or Retake $78

You must pass the state nurse aide test to have your name added to the Registry. Note that you can request reimbursement for the cost of training and testing to your employer up to 12 months after completing the training.

You can find more information in the candidate handbook.

Background Check

Your employer will require you to undergo a criminal background check within five business days after you begin your conditional employment.

Applying to appear on the Ohio CNA Registry

Where to apply

You will be automatically added to the Registry upon passing the competency test.

Required Documentation

This does not apply to being added to the Registry. The training center and testing provider will require you to provide some documentation.


If you have been involved in a crime that would impact your ability to care for patients, you will not find employment. See a list of disqualifying offenses in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3701-13-05.

Processing Time


How to keep your license on the Ohio 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 seven and a half consecutive hours or eight hours in a 48-hour period of nursing and nursing-related services for compensation during the 24-month time period immediately following either the date you were placed on the Registry or the most recent date of verified work.


To renew your application, your employer must submit the Nurse Aide Registration Form (HEA 7713) to the Registry.

Processing time: Unknown.

Reactivate your expired license

If the certification expires, you must either documentation showing that you did the required seven and a half or eight hours of paid work mentioned above, or you must complete additional training and competency evaluation.

Ohio CNA reciprocity

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

Ohio Registry and contact details

Link to Registry: https://odh.ohio.gov/know-our-programs/nurse-aide-registry/resources/nurseaideregsitryrequirements

Link to license lookup: https://nurseaideregistry.odh.ohio.gov/Public/PublicNurseAideSearch

Contact information:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (800) 582-5908 (in-state) or (614) 752-9500 (out-of-state)
Address: Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Regulatory Operations, Nurse Aide Registry, 246 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215