Kentucky CNA Facts

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Kentucky requires 75 hours of CNA training in a state approved program, including 16 hours of clinical experiences. 

Summary: 75 hours training


Approved training centers performs CNA testing in Kentucky. Qualifications for testing include:

  • New Nurse Aide Course Graduate
    • Successfully completed a nurse aide training and competency evaluation program.
  • Nursing Student
    • You must have an official transcript.
  • You must pay the following fees:
    • Knowledge (written) and clinical skills tests – $75.00
    • Knowledge (oral) and clinical skills tests – $75.00

Summary: $75 testing fee


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

The cost to renew is free – $0.

The requirements for renewal are:

  1. You must have worked for 8 hours in a paid role of a nurse aide.
  2. 12 hours of continuing education is also required.

8 paid working hours required;

12 hours CE required


The employment outlook for CNAs in Kentucky is good. As of 2018, there are 24,780 people employed as CNAs and it is projected to grow by 9% at 2028 making it to 26,940  employees. It’s projected annual job openings between 2018 – 2028 is 3, 110.

Summary: 9% projected growth


The average pay rate for CNAs in Kentucky is  $32,235 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $29,379 and $35,596.

Summary: $32, 225 average pay