Alabama CNA Facts

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AL Department of Public Health
Division of Health Care Facilities
The RSA Tower, Suite 600
201 Monroe Street Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 206-5169
Fax: (334) 206-5219


Alabama requires 75 hours of CNA training in a state approved program, including 55 hours in a classroom setting and 20 hours of clinical experiences. 

Summary: 75 hours training


CREDENTIA performs CNA testing in Alabama. Qualifications for testing include:

  1. If candidate is a New Nursing Assistant, you must have successfully completed the state approved training.
  2. If candidate is a Nursing Student/Graduate, you must have successfully completed a Fundamental of Nursing course.
  3. If candidate is a Lapsed Nursing Assistant, you must complete a state approved nurse aide training program to retest.

You can review the Candidate Handbook for more testing details.


Examination Type
Written Examination
English Oral Examination
Spanish Oral Examination
Skills Evaluation

PROMETRIC performs CNA testing in Alabama. Qualifications for testing include:

  1. Candidate must have completed a state-approved nurse aide training program. Testing must be completed within two years of your training completion date.

You can review the Candidate Information Bulletin for more testing details.


Examination Type
Clinical Skills Test
Knowledge (written or oral) Test
Test Site Administration Fee

1. Credentia
$135 testing fee

2. Prometric
$115 testing fee


CNAs in Alabama are required to renew their CNA certification every 2 years.

The cost to renew is $25.

The requirements for renewal are:

  1. CNA must have worked a minimum 8 hours of work within 24 months.

Summary: $25 renewal fee


The employment outlook for CNAs in Alabama is good. As of 2020, there are 21,840 people employed as CNAs and it is projected to grow by 7% at 2030 making it to 23,440 employees. It’s projected annual job openings between 2018 – 2028 is 2,890.

Summary: 7% projected growth


The average pay rate for CNAs in Alabama is $32,098 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $29,254 and $35,444.

Summary: $32,098 average pay