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Apply for Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certification

Which Application Do You Need?

There are several ways to qualify for CNA certification.  Please start by choosing an answer below (see the applications for specific requirements).
 

You may apply for the CNA 1 exam and Oregon certification online​ if you:

  1. Have never been a CNA in a US state or jurisdiction, and
  2. Completed an OSBN-approved nursing assistant level-1 training program in Oregon within the last two years.

What happens next:  After you submit your application and payment, you will receive:
  1. An email from the OSBN with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your national criminal background check.  More information about Oregon’s digital fingerprint system: email from the OSBN with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your national criminal background check.  More information about Oregon’s digital fingerprint system: Frequently Asked Questions about fingerprinting.
  2. An email from Headmaster Testing Service with instructions on how to schedule your exam date.  Headmaster will send this email after the OSBN reviews your application and releases you to test.  Once you choose a date, Headmaster will send you a confirmation email.
Note for Applicants:
  • Please review a brief presentation on how to complete the application.
  • Headmaster Testing Service provides Oregon’s CNA testing.  All applicants should review the Candidate Handbook for Oregon before submitting their application.
  • Exam results are available on Headmaster’s website 3-5 business days after the exam date. 
  • If you pass, and you have met all other requirements for certification, the OSBN will issue you an Oregon CNA certificate.  If you do not pass, your results online will indicate which skills or areas need improvement, and instructions on how to schedule another exam. 
CNA Exam Fees and Refund Policy
  • CNA Certification by Examination:  $106.
  • Manual skills exam retest: $45.
  • Written exam retest: $25.
  • Oral exam: $35
  • You may pay by credit card or check.  Fees submitted as part of the application process are not refundable, per ORS 678.410(2).  Be certain that you intend to complete the process before submitting your payment.  If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, or there is an error in your payment, please call our Customer Service Center at 971-673-0685 or e-mail oregon.bn.info@state.or.us.
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​You are eligible to apply for an Oregon CNA certification by endorsement if you:

  • Have never been certified as a CNA in Oregon; and
  • You completed an approved nurse aide training program in another or jurisdiction that met federal OBRA standards; and
  • Hold a current, unencumbered CNA certificate in another state or US jurisdiction; and
  • Have at least 400 hours of paid work history doing CNA authorized duties (if it has been more than two years since you completed your training program).
What happens next:  After you submit your application and payment, you will receive:
  1. An email from the OSBN requesting a copy of your training program certificate, as well as primary-source verification from the state in which you are certified currently as a CNA or as an unencumbered non-Oregon RN/LPN licensure.
  2. A second email from the OSBN with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your national criminal background check.  More information about Oregon’s digital fingerprint system: email from the OSBN with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your national criminal background check.  More information about Oregon’s digital fingerprint system: Frequently Asked Questions about fingerprinting.
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​If you are an Oregon RN or LPN, you are eligible to apply for an Oregon CNA or CMA certificate.

What Happens Next:
After you submit your application and payment, you will receive an email from the OSBN with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your national criminal background check.  More information about Oregon’s digital fingerprint system: Frequently Asked Questions about fingerprinting.
 
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What happens next:  After you submit your application and payment, you will receive:

  1. An email from the OSBN requesting a copy of your official transcripts from your nursing school showing qualifying curriculum, or degree awarded and graduation date.
  2. A second email from the OSBN with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your national criminal background check.  More information about Oregon’s digital fingerprint system: Frequently Asked Questions about fingerprinting.
  3. If your nursing program curriculum has not yet been evaluated by the OSBN, you may received a request for more information.
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​If you are a RN or LPN in any US state or jurisdiction, you are eligible to apply for an Oregon CNA certificate if you have at least 400 hours of RN practice hours completed in the last two years.

What happens next:  After you submit your application and payment, you will receive:
  1. An email from the OSBN requesting primary-source verification from the state in which you currently hold unencumbered non-Oregon RN/LPN licensure.
  2. A second email from the OSBN with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your national criminal background check.  More information about Oregon’s digital fingerprint system: Frequently Asked Questions about fingerprinting.
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If you have never been a CNA in a US state or jurisdiction and completed your training outside Oregon, you may apply for the CNA 1 exam and Oregon certification (Call 971-673-0685 for an application.) if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • You completed an approved nurse aide training program that met federal OBRA standards in another state within the last two years.
  • You completed training as a military corpsman or medic and were active military service within five years prior to application.
  • You graduated from an approved nursing education program between one and three years prior to application.

What happens next:  After you submit your application and payment, you will receive:
  1. An email from the OSBN requesting a copy of your training program certificate of completion (if you completed a non-Oregon based training program) or official school transcripts if you are a nursing program graduate
  2. A second email from the OSBN with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your national criminal background check.  More information about Oregon’s digital fingerprint system: email from the OSBN with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your national criminal background check.  More information about Oregon’s digital fingerprint system: Frequently Asked Questions about fingerprinting.
  3. An email from Headmaster Testing Service with instructions on how to schedule your exam date.  Headmaster will send this email after the OSBN reviews your application and releases you to test.  Once you choose a date, Headmaster will send you a confirmation email.
Note for Applicants:
  • Headmaster Testing Service provides Oregon’s CNA testing.  All applicants should review the Candidate Handbook for Oregon before submitting their application.
  • Exam results are available on Headmaster’s website 3-5 business days after the exam date. 
  • If you pass, and you have met all other requirements for certification, the OSBN will issue you an Oregon CNA certificate.  If you do not pass, your results online will indicate which skills or areas need improvement, and instructions on how to schedule another exam. 
CNA Exam Fees and Refund Policy
  • CNA Certification by Examination:  $106.
  • Manual skills exam retest: $45.
  • Written exam retest: $25.
  • Oral exam: $35
  • You may pay by credit card or check.  Fees submitted as part of the application process are not refundable, per ORS 678.410(2).  Be certain that you intend to complete the process before submitting your payment.  If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, or there is an error in your payment, please call our Customer Service Center at 971-673-0685 or e-mail oregon.bn.info@state.or.us.
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