CNA Training Exam: The Challenge Process

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In our last blog post we discussed a bit about the challenge process, how it relates to CNA training, and whether or not it is a good idea for most individuals wishing to be CNAs. Today, we’re going to delve deeper so you can understand how this process works and who could benefit from it.

The Challenge Process: Avoid CNA Training

The challenge process is a term that is used when an individual who wants to become a CNA challenges their state’s written and performance, or skills, exam without having first taken CNA training. This process is not available in all states. Florida and Minnesota, for instance, allow people to challenge the exams while Arizona does not.

While for most individuals skipping CNA training can be detrimental to their job search, there are some who could find it beneficial. Nurses, for instance, who need to find a job that provides them with health care experience may challenge the CNA training exam in their state while they are still in nursing school so they can work part time and gather experience.

Other individuals, like those who have worked in the health care field for years without certification, may have the knowledge and experience to challenge the exams without completing CNA training, and their experience, along with their new certification, may help them find a position quickly.

How Challenging the CNA Training Exam Works

Each state has their own set of rules for how a would-be CNA can challenge the CNA training exam and earn their certification without having taken a class. For this reference, we are going to discuss Florida’s rules and regulations. Keep in mind that your state’s policies may vary and the challenge process may not be available to you at all.

  • A Level 2 background screening must be completed when you submit your application and fees to Prometric, the test administrator.
  • Prometric will send you a fingerprint authorization letter. It will be up to you to schedule an appointment with your local police department for electronic fingerprint and ensure that the electronic fingerprint form is completely filled out.
  • Once you have submitted the applications, fees, electronic fingerprint form, and had your background check, you will need to wait for Prometric to review all of the information. They will receive the results of your background check and will determine whether you are eligible for testing based on that.
  • If it is found that you are eligible, you will be given an admission ticket that will allow you to take the written exam. If you pass the written test, you can go forward with the skills test.

If you pass both areas of the exam, you will be entered into the Nursing Assistant Registry within two weeks time. However, if you fail one or both tests, the process starts all over again; this means you will have to reapply and pay again to take the test.

In order to qualify for the test if you have not taken CNA training, you must be 18 years old or older and hold a high school diploma or GED.

Think you have what it takes to go through the challenge process without taking CNA training?

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