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Delaware Nurse Aide Registry

Delaware State Nurse Aide Registry
Delaware Health and Social Services
Division of Health Care Quality, Office of Long-Term Care Residents Protection
24 N.W. Front Street
Milford, DE 19963-1463
Phone: 302-577-6666

How to Become a CNA in Delaware

In order to become a Certified Nursing Assistant in Delaware, applicants must complete the state-approved CNA program endorsed by the Delaware CNA Registry. Candidates must also undergo a competency examination within 2 years of completing the program. Once the examination has been successfully completed, the candidate can be placed on the CNA registry. CNAs who are not in good standing are prohibited in intermediate care facilities. Prometric administers the exam while also managing the CNA Registry for The Delaware Division of Long-Term Care Residents Protection or DLTCR.

How Do I Verify a CNA Certification Online in Delaware?

Prospective employers can determine if a nursing assistant is in good standing or not by browsing the Delaware State Nurse Aide Registry website or by calling (302) 421-7403. Intermediate care facilities are advised to avoid applicants with any history of neglect, abuse, or any inappropriate behavior.

Online Verification of Certification


How Do I Renew my CNA Certificate in Delaware?

The eligibility for certification renewal of a CNA to work in Delaware will require both the following to be accomplished with each 24-month certification period:

  • Having performed 24 hours of CE.
  • Having performed 64 hours of paid nursing-related activities.

Passing a new competency test is required if:

  • A CNA did not perform a minimum of 24 hours of nursing-related services in a certification time period.
  • A CNA failed to complete the required CE.

However, when a CNA fails 3 times, he/she will be required to repeat the training program.

Prometric will send a renewal notification 45 days before their certification is due to expire. A $25.00 fee for the renewal is required.

Application for Certification Renewal


How Do I Reinstate a Lapsed Certificate in Delaware?

A CNA is eligible for reinstatement provided that the following conditions are met:

  • The candidate is in possession of an active certificate
  • The certificate has lapsed within 30 days
  • All renewal requirements have been completed.

Note: A $25.00 fee will be applied.

Application to Reinstate an Expired License

How Do I Transfer a CNA Certification in Delaware?

An Out-of-state certificate is eligible for transfer in Delaware via the process of reciprocity. In order to process the said transfer, the following conditions must be met:

  • The candidate must posses an active certificate from another state and has no history of neglect, abuse, or any inappropriate behavior from the certifying state.

There is an exception to the rule however for Maryland which entails that the candidate must also posses an active Geriatric Nursing Assistant certificate.

  • A minimum of 3 months of any paid nursing-related services within the last 2 years or has completed a 150 hour training program.

Application and Instructions for Certification by Reciprocity

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