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A beginner’s guide to CNA certification requirements

November 16, 2021

In order to ensure the safety of Certified Nursing Assistants and those they care for, long-term care providers and state health departments have some basic medical and documentation requirements you must complete before providing care as a trainee or CNA. At NextStep, we guide you through every step to make sure paperwork doesn’t slow your momentum toward a rewarding new career.

Simplify the CNA documentation process.

  • Ongoing guidance from your NextStep mentor
  • Checklists to keep you on track

Once you enroll in our program, you’ll be matched with a dedicated mentor who will help you navigate the process of meeting the CNA documentation guidelines. You’ll also have access to a handy, state-specific online checklist of everything you’ll need to submit before starting the in-person portion of your NextStep CNA training.

Gather your CNA certification requirements.

CNA certification requirements vary slightly from state to state, but you’ll likely need to submit the following items prior to starting your in-person training:

  • Proof of vaccination (COVID-19, MMR, TDap, Varicella, Hep B)
  • Two-step tuberculosis test results
  • Proof of flu shot (October to March)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for health care professionals certification
  • Background check
  • Government-issued I.D.

You probably already have many of these documents, so you’ll just need to gather your paperwork together. Some of the CNA certification requirements — such as a government-issued I.D. — need to be submitted shortly after enrollment, so it's good to start pulling your CNA documentation together as soon as you can.

Cut the cost of CNA training requirements through NextStep’s partners.

  • No-cost BLS certification
  • Free background check

For learners who need BLS for health care providers certification, which ensures that a CNA has the skills needed to save a life in an emergency, NextStep partners with a provider who offers free in-person training for health care professionals. NextStep also provides your background check free of charge.

Take advantage of ongoing support.

  • Advice and support
  • Mentors with first-hand experience 

At any point in the CNA documentation process, you can reach out to your mentor for support and guidance. Every NextStep mentor has worked as a CNA, so they know firsthand how to efficiently navigate the system. And they’re there to make sure you succeed! 

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