Alabama Certified Nurse Aide Registry

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who must be listed on the Nurse Aide Registry?
  2. What are the training and testing requirements for the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry?
  3. Where can I get my CNA certificate?
  4. What is my certification number?
  5. How can I keep my certification active?
  6. How can I get my certification reactivated if I have not worked as a CNA for over 24 months?
  7. How can I get transferred to the Alabama CNA registry from another state?
  8. How is the expiration date determined for individuals listed on the Nurse Aide Registry?
  9. How and where can I enroll in a Nurse Aide Training Program?
  10. Must nursing students complete the competency evaluation test to be listed on the Nurse Aide Registry?
  11. How can employers obtain verification of a Nurse Aide Registry listing?
  12. How do I change my name on the registry, due to marriage, etc.?
  13. Why do some fields indicate that the information is "Not Available"? 

Who must be listed on the Nurse Aide Registry?
Any individual who desires to work as a Nurse Aide in an Alabama Nursing Home must first be listed in good standing on the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry, including RN's and LPN's.
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What are the training and testing requirements for the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry?
An individual must successfully complete a State-approved Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program and pass both the written and skills tests to be listed on the Nurse Aide Registry.  Individuals who enter the competency evaluation/test and do not pass by their third attempt and within 24 months of the training must be retrained in a State-approved Nurse Aide Training Program before retaking the competency test.
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Where can I get my CNA certificate?
The State of Alabama does not give out certificates or licenses.  All employees or CNA’s should go to the web site or call this office to ensure an aide is on this registry.
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What is my certification number?
Your Social Security Number is your certification number.
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How can I keep my certification active?
You must work at least 8 hours every 24 months in a nursing home, hospital, home health agency, hospice agency, or mental health facility for paid compensation.  Volunteer work does not count.  Private sitting, assisted living facilities, and doctor's office work does not count.
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How can I get my certification reactivated if I have not worked as a CNA for over 24 months?
You must be retrained and retested to be eligible to work in a nursing home.
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How can I get transferred to the Alabama CNA registry from another state?
The only way you can get on the Alabama CNA Registry from another state is to apply for a job at a nursing home and once you are hired by them, you can transfer to this registry.  You must have an active certification in the state you are transferring from and no abuse against you.

If you want to do home health work and not work in a nursing home, the CNA Registry cannot transfer you.  The only other way to get on the Alabama Registry is for you to take an approved CNA program with clinicals and pass the state/federal tests (both written and skills).

Note: An individual listed on another state’s Nurse Aide Registry with substantiated findings of resident abuse, resident neglect, or misappropriation of resident property in a nursing home may not be employed as a nurse aide in Alabama nursing facilities.
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How is the expiration date determined for individuals listed on the Nurse Aide Registry?
Initially, the expiration date is 24 months from the date the individual successfully completed the competency evaluation/test.  Once on the registry, the following conditions must be met:
  1. Work is for monetary compensation.
  2. Work is as a nurse aide, performing direct patient care.
  3. Work is under the supervision of a registered nurse.
  4. Total time worked equals eight (8) hours or more every 24 months in a nursing home, hospital, home health agency, hospice agency, or mental health facility.
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How and where can I enroll in a Nurse Aide Training Program?
You must take an approved CNA program and pass the written and skills test.  Many of the Nursing Homes have the approved program.  Once the Nursing Home has hired you, they can put you through the CNA program.  State-approved Nurse Aide Training Programs are offered at most community colleges, many nursing homes, and some private schools.
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Must nursing students complete the competency evaluation test to be listed on the Nurse Aide Registry?
Yes.  Nursing students currently enrolled in an Alabama nursing program and have taken and passed Fundamentals of Nursing and the clinicals and want to be listed on the Nurse Aide Registry should obtain proof of training with a letter from their instructor.  They would have to get an application and handbook from NACES (1-877-889-0939) to apply to take the test.
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How can employers obtain verification of a Nurse Aide Registry listing?
You can verify Nurse Aide listings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by accessing the Registry website (www.adph.org), click on "Contents A-Z", then "Nurse Aide Registry".  The system uses the Social Security Number to access Registry records and with each look-up will provide information on whether or not an individual is listed on the Nurse Aide Registry.  Printed verifications are available when using the website.  Staff-assisted verifications are available during registry hours by calling 334-206-5169.  Please note that the State of Alabama does not maintain employment or work history records for Nurse Aides.
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How do I change my name on the registry, due to marriage, etc.?
Send in copies of your new Social Security card and picture ID, such as your driver's license, to:
Alabama Certified Nurse Aide Registry
Alabama Department of Public Health
Division of Health Care Facilities
The RSA Tower, Suite 710
201 Monroe Street
Montgomery, AL  36104
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Why do some fields indicate that the information is "Not Available"?
The Nurse Aide Registry switched to a new computer system in October 2006.  Records added prior to this date may not include all information.

If your records are incomplete, we will update them with the correct information. For example, if the Test Date indicates "Not Available", then mail, e-mail, or fax us a copy of your test results. Click here for contact information.
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