CNA Certification

Professional Healthcare Educators is a State of Hawaii and Prometric Approved Nurse's Aide testing site. We can assist you in achieving your goal of becoming a CNA (Certified Nurse's Aide ).

Nurse Aide Recertification

Your Hawaii Nurse Aide License is valid for 24 months (2 years). You will receive a reminder in the mail approximately 90 days before the expiration of your license but sometimes you don't. It is still your responsibility to know when is your expiration month and year.

Nurse Aide Recertification Application

Don’t wait and procrastinate till the very end. The process is simpler than you may think. To renew your certification, you must have worked for pay as a nurse aide providing nurse aide-related care for at least eight (8) hours during your certification period.

Don't let the renewal process hold you back. We have many opportunities every month to help with your renewal. Call or email us to find out availability and dates. You can check our class schedule.

Testing and Fees

Schedule your testing with Prometric as soon as possible or contact us and we can help you with your application form and scheduling. Remember the sooner you take your test the less skills you are likely to forget. We offer Skills Review and Written Review Class. Please call us for pricing, schedules and availability.

State Exam Class Applications
Written Review
Skills Review

  • First-Time Tester/ Lapsed Candidates
    • Initial Application Processing Fee (one-time fee, nonrefundable) $25
    • Written Test and Clinical Skills Test $200
    • Clinical Skills Test ONLY $150
    • Written Test ONLY $50
    • Oral Test ONLY (You may select this option even if you previously took the written test $60
  • Rescheduling/ No Show
    • Rescheduling Fee (5 business days before the scheduled test date) $25
      Route 2 - Reciprocity/ Out of State (For transferring out-of-State license)
    • Reciprocity Fee $25
      An addition service charge of $25 will be made on all services we provide.

Schedule your testing with Prometric

as soon as possible or contact us and we can help you with your application form and scheduling.

Contact us

Call 808.847.3366 or

Email us

CNA Certification Exam Instructions

During training, you learn many skills that are important in caring for residents. There are 22 skills that are part of the Clinical Skills Test. When you are registered to test, a computer will decide which skills will be on your test.

  • A Clinical Skills Test consists of five scored skills

    All candidates taking this test are scored on the Handwashing and Indirect Care skills. When you take your test, you will be given instructions for the other three skills that are part of your test. Because you may learn to perform skills in different ways for different residents’ needs, you are given instructions that describe how the skill is being tested. For example, if you test on the feeding skill, you will feed a resident positioned in a chair. Remember, you are still responsible for knowing how to feed residents who are positioned in other ways. The Knowledge (Written) Test may also ask questions about feeding residents in other positions.

  • Each skill in the test has checkpoints

    The evaluator (nurse) giving your test will use these checkpoints to rate your performance. After you complete your test, the evaluator will enter his/her observations into a computer. Prometric’s system will then determine your results. Whether your test results are given to you on your test day, accessed online, or mailed to you, is based on your state’s requirements. The checkpoints for each of the skills are listed on the pages that follow. It is important that you understand that the checklists are not written as procedures. These checkpoints are not provided to help you learn skills, but to help you understand what the evaluator will look for when you perform a skill.

  • Procedures for the skills

    The skills are learned from your instructor, nurse aide textbooks, and other training materials. The procedure for any skill may include more detail about important requirements than are shown in the checkpoints. Your performance may include more detail than is included in the checkpoints.

  • Descriptions of the instructions

    Provided with the checkpoints for each skill. This description includes if a person or mannequin is used for the resident. Depending on the state where you test, usually another candidate will play the role of the resident when a person is used. Sometimes a test site provides a person to play the role of the resident for the entire testing day. In special situations, the evaluator may need to play the resident.

  • While you are waiting to take the test

    You will be given General Instructions to read. These are the basic rules for the Clinical Skills Test. For example, these instructions explain what you need to do when you want to make a correction to a skill you are performing.

  • These General Instructions

    are also available on the Web site for your state at You are encouraged to review them before you arrive at the test site. When you are called into the testing room to take your test, you will be shown around the testing room so you can see where equipment and supplies are located. The testing room will be set up similar to a resident’s room.For example, personal care supplies such as the resident’s toothbrush, toothpaste, basins, and bedpan will be in the resident’s bedside cabinet. When you are taking your Clinical Skills test, remember that you are required to actually perform the skills. The evaluator is not allowed to answer any questions about how skills are performed.