Virginia CNA Facts

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Virginia 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 Virginia. Qualifications for testing include:

  1. If you are a New Nurse Aide, you must have successfully completed a Virginia-approved nurse aide-education program within the last 24 months.
  2. If you are a Nursing Student, you must be currently enrolled in an approved nursing education program preparing for registered nurse or practical nurse licensure, or enrolled in a program in the last 12 months.
  3. If you are a Nursing Graduate, you must have completed a nursing education program preparing
    for registered nurse or practical nurse licensure.
  4. If you are a Lapsed Certificate Holder, you must be previously certified in Virginia as a nurse aide
    but your certification has expired. 

You can also review the Candidate Handbook for more testing information.


Exam description
Written Examination
Skills Evaluation
Oral Examination

Summary: $140 testing fee


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

The cost to renew is $60.

The requirements for renewal are:

  1. CNA must work as a paid CNA performing 49 activities related to nursing within the past 2 years.

Summary: $60 renewal fee


The employment outlook for CNAs in Virginia is good. As of 2020, there are 41,580 people employed as CNAs and it is projected to grow by 13% at 2028 making it to 46,870 employees. It’s projected annual job openings between 2020 – 2030 is 5,860.

Summary: 13% projected growth


The average pay rate for CNAs in Virginia is $34,051 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $31,034 and $37,601.

Summary: $34,051 average pay