According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), CNA's must meet one of these requirements:
- Complete Illinois approved CNA training program.
- Check for registered CNA status:
- Illinois Health Care Worker Registry
- Have successfully completed a nursing arts course (e.g. Fundamentals of Nursing)
- Registered Nurses (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) with current Illinois license can work as a CNA without being on the registry.
- Nursing students who have not completed all their training to be a RN or LPN can apply to be a CNA while continuing to go to school (must provide written verification that the individual has completed Fundamentals of Nursing and at least 40 hours of supervised clinical experience).
- Completed a U.S. military training program that includes the content of a nurse aide training program
- Considered competent on another state's CNA registry
To work for a health care provider that is governed by the Health Care Worker Background Check Act, a CNA must have a criminal history records check.
Forms for CNA waivers