Pennsylvania CNA Facts

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Pennsylvania requires 80 hours of CNA training in a state approved program, including 37.5 hours of clinical experiences. 

Summary: 80 hours training


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

  1. Candidate have completed a nurse aide training program, approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, within the last twenty-four (24) months.
  2. Candidate’s Pennsylvania nurse aide registration has lapsed because you have not worked providing nursing-related services for at least 24 consecutive months.
  3. Candidate is a licensed nurse aide on another state’s nurse aide registry, but your licensure has lapsed because you have not worked providing nursing-related services for at least 24 consecutive months.
  4. You are a temporary nurse aide and have completed a Nurse Aide Attestation Form and intend to sit for the PA nurse aide examination.

You can review the Candidate Handbook for more testing information.


Exam description
Oral Examination & Skills Evaluation
Written Examination ONLY (re-test)
Skills Evaluation ONLY (re-test)
Oral Examination ONLY (re-test)

Summary: $1135 testing fee


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

The cost to renew is $297.

The requirements for renewal are:

  1. CNA is required to work at least one documented day (i.e. 8 consecutive hours) for pay in an approved facility.
  2. CNA is required to provide nurse aides a
    minimum of twelve (12) hours of
    in-service education each year based
    on the results of yearly performance

For a detailed process on How To Renew Your Certification, you can follow these steps.

Summary: $297 renewal fee


The employment outlook for CNAs in Pennsylvania is good. As of 2020, there are 74,810 people employed as CNAs and it is projected to grow by 10% at 2028 making it to 82,140 employees. It’s projected annual job openings between 2018 – 2030 is 10,200.

Summary: 10% projected growth


The average pay rate for CNAs in Pennsylvania is $34,188 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $31,159 and $37,752.

Summary: $34,188 average pay