Nurses Aid FAQs

To schedule or cancel an examination, On-Line Registration, score report, dial: Credentia (866) 751-5809

For certification, reciprocity, renewal, or registry support, please dial: Credentia (800) 475-8290

SC Nurse Aides Website | South Carolina State-Approved Nurse Aide Training Programs list

SC Nurse Aide Registry Search | SC Candidate Handbook (Written & Skills Evaluation information)

General nurse aide questions, comments or concerns, and South Carolina requirements email:

  1. How to become a Certified nurse aide in South Carolina?


Option 1: Worked 6 months as a TNA

Worked as a TNA in a nursing facility during the PHE between January 27, 2020 - April 06, 2022, for a minimum of 6 months and completed the 8-hour TNA course to satisfy classroom training hours.


Option 2: Worked less than 6 months as a TNA

Worked as a TNA in a nursing facility during the PHE between January 27, 2020- June 05, 2022. Worked 40 hours as a TNA and completed a minimum of a 60-hour classroom training course from a state-approved nurse aide training program. The 40 work hours as a TNA counts as credit of the required 40 clinical hours of nurse aide training.


Providers send attestation form to > SCDHHS receives form and verifies listed TNAs meets an option and also registered by that option in cna365 >SCDHHS approves TNA application>Approved TNA able to schedule examination(written and skills).


  • Complete a 100-hour state-approved nurse aide training courseMust take and pass both parts of the exam (written and skills) within 24 months after completing training. 

SC nurse aide training programs list:   CNA365 Account Registration:   E1 Exam Registration Instructions:

  • Out of State training(Includes U.S. territories such as Guam, N. Mariana Islands)

E2 Exam Registration Instructions:

  • Reciprocity/Transfer active c.n.acertification(Includes U.S. territories such as Guam, N. Mariana Islands)Certification in good standing from another state to South Carolina

Apply online forreciprocity       Reciprocity Instructions:  Contact Credentia: 800-475-8290

  • Reciprocity requirement:A 100-hour nurse aide training program completion certificate OR an employment verification letter verifying 6 months of nurse aide related work experience within the last 24 months must be uploaded onto your online application.
  • Reciprocity Registry Verification Forms:Upload registry verification forms online via your cna365 account onto the reciprocity application or mail registry verification forms to:


ATTN: Corrine Moore

3 Bala Plaza West

Suite 400A

Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004


  • Nursing Students-Current or prior nursing students that have successfully completed a fundamentals of nursing course within the past 2 years with a C or better, may send transcripts to for review, to get approval to test.
  • RN/LPN/LVN -Current, active, U.S. compact nursing licensure or foreign licensed RN/LPN/LVN nurses. Send licensure information to
  • Military personnel- May send transcripts of relevant nurse aide training to  for review of approval to test.
  • Lapsed South Carolina c.n.a certificationthat has been lapsedLESS THAN 2 years may test (written and skills exam) to get certification back to active status. Account Registration:

E3 Registration Instructions:


  1. Exam Registration and Scheduling Services: (866) 751-5809 Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. EST     Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST

Contact Credentia to:

  • Schedule, reschedule or cancel an examination, questions about On-Line Registration, Score Report


  1. Contact South Carolina NNAAP® Registry: (800) 475-8290 Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST
    • Obtain information about re-certification on the Registry, renewal, clarify information about the Registry, registry support, Obtain or complete a Reciprocity Application


  1.  How to start a Nurse Aide Training Program Packet


  1. Report C.N.A abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of property, check c.n.a abuse registry status or investigations. Nurse Aide Abuse Investigations call SC Department of Health and Environmental Control   (803) 545-4370  or 1-800-922-6735  Submit Online C.N.A. Abuse Complaint Form
  2. Medicaid Certified Nursing Facilities


  1. Paid Feeding Assistants (PFAs) Program


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