New Jersey CNA Facts

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New Jersey requires 90 hours of CNA training in a state approved program, including 50 hours in a classroom setting and 40 hours of clinical experiences. 

Summary: 90 hours training


HEADMASTER performs CNA testing in New Jersey. Qualifications for testing include:

  1.  Candidates must have successfully completed a state-approved training.
CREDENTIA also performs testing in New Jersey. Qualifications for testing include:
  1. Candidates must have successfully complete the Nurse Aide in Long Term Care Facilities Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP). You can review “Navigate the NATCEP” for a detailed look at the certification process.
  2.  You can also check the New Jersey’s Nurse Aide Examination Candidate Information Bulletin here.


Skills Evaluation and Written Exam
Skills Evaluation and Oral Exam
Skills Evaluation Only (Re-take Exam)
Written Exam Only (Re-take Exam)
Oral Exam Only (Re-take Exam)

Summary: $76 testing fee


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

The cost to renew is free – $0.

The requirements for renewal are:

  1. At least seven hours of paid employment performing nursing or nursing-related services, in a licensed health care facility or agency, within the 24 months preceding your certificate expiration date
  2. A criminal background check, with fingerprinting, prior to the certification expiration date
  3. No revocation or suspension of a certificate.

Summary: Free renewal; Must do a criminal background check


The employment outlook for CNAs in New Jersey is good. As of 2018, there are 45,880 people employed as CNAs and it is projected to grow by 5% at 2028 making it to 47,950 employees. It’s projected annual job openings between 2018 – 2028 is 5,870.

Summary: 5% projected growth


The average pay rate for CNAs in New Jersey is $37,874 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $34,518 and $41,822.

Summary: $37,874 average pay