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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

To become a certified CNA in Rhode Island you must pass the National Nurse Aid Assessment Program exam (NNAAP®). This exam has two parts: the Written (or Oral) Exam and the Skills Exam, both exams are given on the same day through CCRI. The purpose of the NNAAP® Exam is to make sure you understand and can safely perform the job of an entry-level nursing assistant.

The RI Nurse Aide Candidate Handbook provides detailed information about eligibility, exam application scheduling, cancellation and rescheduling, exam day, Written (or Oral) Exams, skills evaluation, sample questions, score reporting, and the grievance policy. 

You can find Skills Listings and a Practice Exam online.  

To register for this test you must have either:

  1. Passed a RI-approved CNA training program, like the CCRI CNA Course OR
  2. Be actively matriculated in a nursing program and completed at least two clinical courses

Registration Information

  1. Submit a RI Application for License as a Nursing Assistant
  2. Submit a RI Examination Application
  3. To request testing accommodations for a documented disability, please contact the CCRI Workforce Accommodations

Registration Form




$114 Total for Written (or Oral) and Skills Exams


Time Commitment








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