CNA Testing

Students Registering for CNA Testing:

  1. Click the “CNA Testing Registration” button below or use this link:
  2. Select the Testing Date that works best for you
  3. Click the “Register/Login” button
  4. Complete Payment Instructions – and you’re done!


We no longer accept *Challenge students for CNA testing.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has informed the states that allow *challenge students that this will no longer be allowed. Our testing site must go by CMS regulations.

*Challenge means you have let your license lapse and you have not taken a CNA class.


CNA Testing Registration



CNA Testing Information

  • Knowledge (Written) and Skills test: $250
    • Must take both Written and Skills at the same time, unless you have previously passed one portion of the Headmaster CNA test. 
  • Skills only: $170
  • Written only: $120
  • Oral test for Written: add $10 for the cost of oral testing
    Students must bring their own headset to plug into the computer
CNA Testing Dates

Tests are conducted approximately two times per month. Dates will be published 1-2 months in advance. These dates are subject to change or cancellation if the minimum number of testers is not met.

Click the button below to view available testing dates and sign up.

CNA Testing Registration

Preparing to Test

Review the Candidate Handbook carefully.

  • Page B: Contact information for CNA Test and the ND Department of Health
  • Page 2-4: Exam check-in, identification, instructions and testing policies
  • Page 4-5: Understanding your test results and CNA Verification and printing your card:
  • Page 6: Retaking the test
  • Page 6: Getting your nurse aide certification online - Verify a Registration
  • Page 7-10: Knowledge/oral test and test content
  • Page 10-12: Manual skill test
  • Page 12-30: The 24 skills that a candidate must be able to perform. 

Cancellations, Refunds & Weather Cancellations

Download the Policy

Cancellations - You may cancel your test five business days before the test date.

  • For example, if the test is on Tuesday, cancellation must be made by 4 p.m. the prior Tuesday. This allows time for NDSCS to contact students on a wait list for testing.
  • This cancels the test with Headmaster and is not considered a test attempt.

Refunds - There are no refunds when you cancel less than five business days before the test or do not show up for testing.

  • There are a limited number of testing slots. By submitting your testing fee, you are holding a spot that another person cannot use.
  • NDSCS provides testing as a service to our community for serious CNA candidates. We are committed to the healthcare industry to provide testing to prospective CNA's.

Weather Cancellations

  • If NDSCS is closed due to weather (blizzard, flooding), testing is cancelled.