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Now is an excellent time to go for CNA classes in Hawaii and get your nursing assistant certification! With baby boomers reaching the age of retirement, more and more nursing homes around the country are needing qualified CNA’s to staff their facilities. For Hawaii residents, CNA certification from start to finish can take as little as a few a short months. This is great news for people looking to get their foot in the door of the medical field in Honolulu, or elsewhere in Hawaii. In order to work as a Nurse Aid in Hawaii, a person needs to complete training requirements, pass the state exams, and have their name placed on the state registry. Once these steps are accomplished, a certified nurse’s aide may begin applying for CNA jobs in Hawaii. Prospective employers would then be able to check the state registry to ensure that the person they are hiring has proper certification. It is reported that Honolulu, HI has over 3,600 CNA jobs, while the Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area has around 1,500 CNA jobs.

What are the basic requirements to become a CNA in Hawaii?

In Hawaii a person needs to be at least 18 years before they can take the state certification exam in order to become a properly certified nurse aide. Most employers will expect a person to have also graduated high school or have completed their equivalent GED. A person who has been convicted of any kind of abuse against people within the state of Hawaii (or any other state for that matter) will not be permitted to work as a CNA. If a person meets these criteria they may enroll in a state approved training program. The CNA classes in Honolulu Hawaii will include both classroom hours and clinical hours to prepare a person for the state exam and for the duties a person needs to perform as a nurse aide in Hawaii.

What does the CNA exam cover in the state of Hawaii?

Just like with most other states, the Hawaii state CNA test is a two part test. One part is a multiple choice test, which checks an individual’s knowledge about the information taught during the course work. The second part of the exam tests a person’s practical ability to perform the required tasks a CNA is required to perform. The practical exam is executed live for an examiner. The tester is asked to perform a number (usually around 5) of skills that a CNA performs on the job. These skills may be items such as taking blood pressure, checking vitals, steps to administering medication etc. Both portions of the test need to be passed in order to appear on the Hawaii state nurse registry as a certified CNA.

CNA Reciprocity in Hawaii

Hawaii does accept transfers from other states, as long as you are current and in good standing on the nurse’s registry from the state in which you are transferring from. You must be able to provide documentation which proves that you have actually been employed by state you are transferring your certification from as a CNA. You will submit the form and requested documents which are found on the website listed above, and send them to:

Prometric – HI Certified Nurse Aide Program
354 Uluniu Street, Suite 308
Kailua, HI 96734

When do I need to renew my CNA Certification in Hawaii?

Hawaii requires that registered Nurse Aides renew their certification every 2 years. Prior to your certification expiring, you will be required to complete and submit a form as well as documentation that you have actually worked as a CNA within those 2 years.