Alabama Department of Public Health
Division of Health Care Facilities
201 Monroe Street
The RSA Tower, Suite 600
Montgomery, AL 36104
If you are an individual who wishes to work as a nurse aide in the state of Alabama, you must first qualify to be listed in the nurse aide registry, and in order qualify to be listed in the registry, you must satisfactorily complete a nurse aide training program that is approved by the state of Alabama, and finally complete a two-part exam that consist of written and skills competencies.
The process is pretty straightforward, and there are no other ways around it, so locating a reputable CNA training program is the first and most important step. While most people pass the exam in their first or second attempt, it’s important to know that after the third attempt, and within a 24 month period of training must be retrained before attempting to take the exam again.
In order to keep your certification alive, you must work a minimum of 8 hours in a two year period in a nursing home, home health facility, hospital, hospice facility, or mental health facility. The state of Alabama does not offer any exceptions, so volunteer work, or compensated work at a private sittings, assisted living agencies, and doctor’s offices. And please note if you don’t follow the rules, then you must be retrained, in other words start the process all over again.