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Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry


Becoming a New CNA in Wisconsin

Candidates that plan on working in the state of Wisconsin must perform the following steps:

  • Enroll and pass from a nurse aide training program endorsed by the state.
  • Get a passing score from both parts of the of the competency evaluation which are knowledge and skills-based.

The name of successful candidates will be added to the nurse Wisconsin Nurse Registry by Headmaster LLP. Placement on the registry can also be achieved by completing an alternate DHS approved route. Useful Links:


CNA Certification Verification in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry can be searched by name, social security number or registration number to determine a CNA’s certification status within the state of Wisconsin.


CNA Certification Renewal in Wisconsin

Nurse certification within the state of Wisconsin is only valid for two (2) years. To be eligible for certification renewal, nurse aides must provide proof of work done equivalent to at least eight (8) hours during the latest certification period. Applicants can visit the Nurse Aide Training and Registry Information page of the Department’s website and login to TestMaster Universe (TMU) for renewal processing.


CNA Certification Reinstatement in Wisconsin

Renewal applicants that are unable to comply with the requirements must apply for a reinstatement instead. They must be able to retake and pass the CNA certification evaluation exam before being accepted back into the nurse registry.


Out-of-State Transfer of Certificates into Wisconsin

Having one’s CNA certification transferred to the state of Wisconsin can be done through multiple ways. Qualifications for the said transfer are:

  • Currently active as a CNA
  • Must be in good standing from the state where the certification was acquired

Their home state needs to apply for certification by reciprocity in order for them to be placed within the Wisconsin Nurse Registry. Eligibility for placement on the Wisconsin Nurse Registry is also possible via the out of state nurse aide process.

Out of state Application


If you have additional questions, you may contact the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry at:

Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Division of Quality Assurance
Office of Caregiver Quality
P.O. Box 2969, Madison, WI 53701
Phone: (608) 261-8319
Fax: (608) 264-6340

The online Nurse Aide Registry is managed by Headmaster LLP.
Phone: (877) 329-8760