Alabama Nurse Aide Registry

Alabama Certified Nurse Aide Registry
Alabama Department of Public Health Division of Health Care Facilities
The RSA Tower, Suite 600, 201 Monroe Street, Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 206-5169

Who must be listed on the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry? All those who wish to work as a certified nurse aide in a long-term, skilled nursing facility or a nursing home in the state of Alabama need to have their name listed and be in good standing on the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry. What are the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry requirements to become a nurse aide? If you wish to become a nursing assistant in the state of Alabama you must first successfully complete a certified nurse aide program approved by the state. Once you complete the program you need to pass the evaluation test which includes both written and skills evaluations. The last step is to ensure your name appears on the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry. Every individual who challenges the nurse aide competency evaluation test and fails three times must go through the nurse aide training program again in order to qualify for another examination. A nurse aide student who did not pass the state exam within 24 months of completing the nurse aide training program must also be retrained prior to retaking the competency test.

CNA Registries in the United States

Select an area from the map below to find addresses and phone numbers for Nurse Aide Registries in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia as well as links to online nursing assistant registries if available.

Nursing Assistant Registries

Should you know about your state's nursing assistant registry? Absolutely. A state's nurse aide registry serves important functions for any certified nursing assistant as well as for those looking to become certified. An individual who has finished a nursing assistant training program and has passed the state competency exam becomes listed on the CNA registry. Employers check the registry listings to confirm that a potential employee satisfies the training and testing requirements to obtain a nursing assistant job. To work as a certified nursing assistant, your status on the CNA registry must be active, without any charges of resident abuse, neglect, or misappropriation. It is important to update your name and address on the registry. By doing so, your information is current and you are able to receive important documents sent by the registry.

For example, renewal forms are mailed to the address you have provided to the registry. You will not receive the certification renewal forms unless your address on the registry is accurate. One of the most frequent questions we get is how to get a copy of a CNA certificate. The nurse aide registry is in charge of issuing a duplicate of your nurse aide certificate and to obtain a copy you need to contact them. A nursing assistant certificate is typically reprinted when the original has been lost, accidentally destroyed, stolen, or when the individual has changed their name. The nurse aide registry is also the entity in charge of revoking a nursing assistant's certification in cases of neglect, abuse, or misappropriation of a client's property. In such cases, an individual's name is permanently listed on the registry along with the specific findings.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Kristi on August 15, 2011 at 02:07 AM
I have a chance to train in Nashville, TN for free to become a CNA. I live in Alabama. Can I transfer my certificate back to Alabama? I was told no transfers from Nashville.


Admin on August 15, 2011 at 05:11 PM
I believe that there is a way to become listed on the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry if you have certification as a CNA in another state. You must obtain a CNA job at a nursing home in Alabama. Once you are hired as a nursing assistant in a nursing home, your CNA certification will transfer to the state of Alabama. The place of employment must be a nursing home, and not a home health care agency, hospital, or clinic. Unless you follow this process, your CNA certification will not transfer to Alabama. You should contact the Alabama CNA Registry to verify this information.


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CNA Resources

Being a Successful C.N.A

Besides knowledge and proficiency there are many qualities which define a competent CNA. Our list includes the answers of residents, families, and those of experienced nurse aides who have been in the health care field for an extended period of time. Most of the qualities listed below represent the reasons and motivational factors driving new individuals to become certified nurse aides.


A competent CNA shows support for others, as well as patience, compassion and empathy. To become a good nursing assistant one needs to understand the meaning of being a team player. An effective nursing assistant learns to become a good listener who cares about and understands the needs of the residents, has a helping nature and a positive attitude. Both patients and co-workers appreciate a smile, an upbeat personality, as well as someone who takes pride in their work. A nurse aide job requires good organizational skills, patience, good judgment, and effective communication.

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