Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) training & certification requirements vary considerably across the U.S. In some states, the requirements go beyond the federal minimum while in other states requirements are nearly identical to the federal standards.

This page displays Michigan CNA Requirements as of February 2023.

To see requirements in other states, visit nursinghome411.org/cna-reqs.

Michigan CNA Requirements

  • Eligibility/Screening Requirements
    • Minors under the age of 16 years may not be exposed to communicable or contagious diseases, bloodborne pathogens, AIDS, HIV, or hepatitis.
    • Minors aged 16-17 years may work where exposure to bloodborne pathogens is likely provided the employer is compliant with MIOSHA Standard 554.
  • Education & Training Requirement
    • Individuals must complete a state approved nurse aide training and competency evaluation program.
  • Testing Requirement
    • Individuals must pass both a written and skills test.
  • Renewal & In-Service Requirements
    • Facilities must conduct a performance review of all nurse aides at least once every 12 months and provide regular in-service education based on the outcome of the performance reviews. The in-service training must:
      • ensure the continuing competence of all employed nurse aides,
      • must be a minimum of 12 hours per year.
      • Comply with the requirements listed in 42 CFR 483.95.
    • Renewal requires 8 hours of nursing or nursing-related duties every 24 months.
  • Hours
    • The program must be a minimum of 75 hours of training. At least 16 hours is required of classroom instruction in the core curriculum prior to a trainee’s direct involvement with a nursing home resident – and another 16 or more hours devoted to skills training.
  • Curriculum
    • Same as federal.