CNA Application & Licensing
The Department of Health approves and renews Certified Nursing Assistant licenses.
To apply for your CNA license, you must have completed an approved training program and successfully passed the nurse aide competency examinations. Then submit the following items to the Department of Health at P.O. Box 1099, Olympia, WA 98507:
Application fee $65* (check or money order made out to Department of Health)
A copy of your certificate of completion from an approved training program
*New nursing assistant fees take effect October 1, 2019, increasing the fee to $85
CNA State Exam
Pearson Vue holds the state contract for administering the Washington Nurse Aide exam.
BEFORE scheduling your exam, download the following:
THEN visit the Washington Board of Nursing page to schedule an exam.
HCA Application & Licensing
The Department of Health approves and renews Home Care Aide licenses.
If you are hired as a new Home Care Aide, you must apply for your HCA license within two weeks of your hire date. You must submit the following items to the Department of Health, Home Care Aide Credentialing at P.O. Box 1099, Olympia, WA 98507:
Application fee $85 (check or money order made out to Department of Health)
Application packet - if you would like to take your state HCA exam at our training school, enter our Regional Test Site code: WAREGOLMP
Complete a DSHS approved 75-hour training program.
Then send a copy (do NOT send your originals, they will not be returned) of the following documents to Home Care Aide Credentialing at P.O. Box 47877, Olympia, WA 98504:
Orientation & Safety training certificate
Core Basic training certificate
Mental Health certificate
75-hour training certificate
Testing fee $137 (check or money order made out to Department of Health)
After receiving your fee and certificates, you will receive a testing date.
HCA State Exam
Prometric hold the state contract for administering the Washington Home Care Aide exam.
TB Testing is required to participate in the clinical portion of the CNA training program. Both a TB skin test or TB blood test are acceptable.
Places to get a TB test:
Your primary care physician
Indigo Urgent Care Clinics
*There is currently a nation-wide shortage of TB skin test antigens
A background check is required to participate in the clinical portion of the CNA training program.
You can submit your personal information and receive a name and date of birth background check through the DSHS Background Check Central Unit
Certain criminal convictions, pending charges, and negative actions automatically disqualify a person from having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults, juveniles, and children, or working for Residential Care Services, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, Adult Family Homes, and Home Care agencies.