North Carolina CNA Facts

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

Summary: 75 hours training


CREDENTIA performs CNA testing in North Carolina. Qualifications for testing include:

  1. You must have successfully completed a North Carolina state-approved Nurse Aide I training program within two (2) years from test date.
  2.  Candidate is currently enrolled in a North Carolina state-approved nursing education program preparing for registered nurse or practical nurse licensure.
  3. Candidate is either an emergency medical
    technician (EMT), an out of state licensed nurse, an unlicensed nursing graduate, an unlicensed nursing student, or a military veteran who received nursing/medical training credentials while in the United States Armed Forces.
  4. Candidate has successfully completed a state-approved
    Nurse Aide I training program in another state, excluding North Carolina, within the previous 24 consecutive months and are not listed on any state’s registry of nurse aides.
  5. Candidate is listed as active and in good standing status on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry but do not meet the requirements for registry listing renewal.
  6. Candidates who are in active and good standing status on another state’s registry of nurse aides and have an approved Reciprocity application from the NC DHHS.
You can review the Candidate Handbook for more testing information.


Written Examination & Skills Evaluation
Oral (English or Spanish) Examination & Skills Evaluation
Written Examination ONLY (re-test)
Oral (English or Spanish) Examination ONLY (re-test)
Skills Evaluation ONLY (re-test)

Summary: $140 testing fee


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

The cost to renew is $24.

The requirements for renewal are:

  1. The candidate must perform at least eight (8) hours of qualified work during any 24.
    consecutive month period.

For more information on how to renew your nurse aide registry listing you can click the here.

Summary: $24 renewal fee


The employment outlook for CNAs in North Carolina is good. As of 2020, there are 55,620people employed as CNAs and it is projected to grow by 11% at 2030 making it to 61,600 employees. It’s projected annual job openings between 2020 – 2030 is 7,670.

Summary: 11% projected growth


The average pay rate for CNAs in North Carolina is $32,681 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $29,785 and $36,087

Summary: $31,681 average pay