West Virginia CNA Registry Guide

A comprehensive guide to the West Virginia CNA Registry: From application to renewal

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

Requirements to get on the West Virginia 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 minimum of 120 hours of training, 55 hours of which must be practical training under supervision.

Competency Test

To be certified on the West Virginia Nurse Aide Registry, you must take both a written and skills examination. You can find more information as to the training requirements and the competency exam here.

Background Check

Yes, find more information here.

Applying to appear on the West Virginia CNA Registry

Where to apply

Your competency test provider will inform the Registry once you have passed both examinations, and you will be added to the Registry.

Required Documentation

Your competency test provider will require you to provide some documentation, including evidence that you have taken the relevant training.


Individuals whose names are listed on the Nurse Aide Abuse and Neglect Registry are not eligible to work as a CNA.

Processing Time


How to keep your license on the West Virginia 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.


At least 60 days before the nurse aide’s registration expiration date, you will receive an electronic notice or a reregistration application with instructions. To renew your application, you must fill in the online form, available here.

Processing time: Unknown.

Reactivate your expired license

If the certification expires, you will be required to take a refresher course of the comptency test. The course is a minimum of 16 hours, but may be longer.

West Virginia CNA reciprocity

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

West Virginia Registry and contact details

Link to Registry: https://ohflac.wvdhhr.org/Programs/NA.html

Link to license lookup: https://ohflac.wvdhhr.org/Apps/Lookup/NALookup

Contact information:
Email: DHHR.OHFLAC.NAP@wv.gov
Phone: (304) 558-0050
Address: Nurse Aide/AMAP Programs, Office of Health Facility Licensure & Certification, 408 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV 25301