South Dakota CNA Facts

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

Summary: 75 hours training



HEADMASTER performs CNA testing in South Dakota. Qualifications for testing include:

  1. Candidate must have successfully completed a training program and a competency evaluation program approved by the department.
  2.  Candidate is already enrolled in an LPN or RN nursing program that has been approved by the SDBON and who has successfully completed the course, Fundamentals of Nursing.
  3. Candidates for the state-certified nurse aide exam who have a medical background in other areas may be granted a waiver of completing the South Dakota Nurse Aide Training Program.
exam description
Knowledge Test
Oral Knowledge Test (optional in place of knowledge test)
$85.50 (test is computer read)
Skill Test

Summary: $169.5 testing fee


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

The cost to renew is not specified.

The requirements for renewal are:

  1. CNA have been employed for monetary compensation as a nurse aide during the preceding 24 months for at
    least 12 hours.
  2. CNA have completed a minimum of 12 hours of training per year (24 hours total) within the last 24 months.

You can download the Renewal Form here.

Summary: 12 hours of training is required


The employment outlook for CNAs in South Dakota is good. As of 2020, there are 6,220  people employed as CNAs and it is projected to grow by 8% at 2030 making it to 6,730 employees. It’s projected annual job openings between 2020 – 2030 is 830.

Summary: 8% projected growth


The average pay rate for CNAs in South Dakota is $29,324 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $26,725 and $32,380.

Summary: $29,324 average pay