In order to be included on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry, you must complete an approved nurse aide training program of a minimum of 120 hours and successfully pass both portions (written or oral examination and skills evaluation) of the competency test. A nurse aide who completed a training program of 120 hours or more is eligible to transfer to Wisconsin but in certain cases a nurse aide listed in good standing on her state's registry may obtain certification by reciprocity even if their training was less than 120 hours. In this case special approval from the Wisconsin Department of Health is necessary.
You can get the Registry Out-of-State Application form via Pearson Education. You must complete the first part of the application and attach verification of your personal identity including you name, date of birth, and social security number. You should mail the completed form to the Nurse Aide Registry in the state where you are currently listed. Nurse aide registry personnel in the state where you are currently listed must complete the second part of the application to verify your status in that state then mail the completed application to Wisconsin.
If you are transferring from another state, you must not provide "hands on" care in a facility in Wisconsin until you have been placed on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry. You can take a look at the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Candidate Handbook which indicates that if you are a nurse aide currently listed on another state's nurse aide (or equivalent) registry as ACTIVE and in good standing (according to federal requirements), and have completed an approved nurse aide training program of at least one-hundred twenty (120) hours in another state, you may be eligible for placement on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry.
It is recommended that all out-of-state and reciprocity candidates apply as far in advance as possible, as multiple agencies must verify and process your application. If you are a listed on another state's registry, but have an INACTIVE status, and have completed an approved nurse aide training program of at least one-hundred twenty (120) hours in another state, you must successfully take the NNAAP Examination in order to be eligible for placement on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry.