New York CNA Facts

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New York requires 100 hours of CNA training in a state approved program, including 30 hours of clinical experiences. 

Summary: 100 training hours


Prometric performs CNA testing in New York. Qualifications for testing include:

  1. If you are a New Nurse Aide, you must complete a NYS-approved nursing home nurse aide training program within the last 24 months and pass the Clinical Skills exam and the Written or Oral exam within two years of completing your training.
  2. If you are a nurse aide listed in another state’s Registry (Reciprocity/CNA from Another State), you must provide proof of employment on facility letterhead from your employer.
  3. If you are a Graduate Nurse, you must seek approval from New York State DOH.
  4. If you are a currently active RN or LPN licensed in the United States, you must apply but not required to complete further training or take
    the exam.
  5. If you are a Foreign-Trained Nurse, you must seek approval from DOH.
  6. If you are a trained CNA but you have a lapsed certification, you must file an application and provide your NYS certification number.
You can also review the Candidate Information Bulletin for more testing information.

Exam Fees

Exam Description
Clinical Skills and Written exams - first-time tester
Clinical Skills and Oral exams - first-time tester
Clinical Skills Retest
Written Retest
Oral Retest
Reciprocity/CNA From Another State and RNs and LPNs
Duplicate Certificate
Recertification (paid by employer)

Summary: $115 testing fee; 6 routes for testing


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

The cost to renew is $40.

The requirements for renewal are:

  1. You must have worked for pay as a nurse aide in a NYS nursing home or at a NYS-approved nurse aide employer for at least 7 (seven) hours within the previous 24-month period.
You can download the renewal form here.

Summary: $40 renewal fee


The employment outlook for CNAs in New York is good. As of 2018, there are 90,150 people employed as CNAs and it is projected to grow by 17% at 2028 making it to 105,510 employees. It’s projected annual job openings between 2018 – 2028 is 13,340.

Summary: 17% projected growth


The average pay rate for CNAs in New York is $41,211 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $37,559 and $45,507.

Summary: $41,211 average pay