Awards Available for CNA Recertification

June 10, 2015

Think no more about whether to recertify your Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) license. The South Central Illinois Area Health Education Center (SCI-AHEC) is offering six awards to students in Rend Lake College’s district who are eager to get back into the health care career.

This year marks the second year SCI-AHEC has offered these $90 recertification awards for RLC students who have not worked for two or more years as a CNA. The initial CNA certification program is tuition-free; however, recertification costs nearly $300. The goal, Director Kelli Stover said, was to help students who need to recertify save both time and money.

“We found that students were choosing the lengthier certification program over the costlier recertification course. We had students registering for the free CNA classes and spend weeks of their time redoing something they’ve already completed instead of taking the eight-hour skills course,” said Stover. “SCI-AHEC wants to get these CNAs back into the local workforce as soon as possible, and we’re offering these awards as one way to help.”

The recertification course is comprised of a trip to a local clinical site to perform the 21 basic skills required by the Nurse Assistant Competency Examination. Successful completion of these skills provides access to the written test. Students also must complete a background and fingerprint check prior to the course.

Not sure if you’re eligible? Find out by calling the Illinois Nurse Aide Registry at 217-785-5133. Students interested in the awards or who want to schedule a recertification should contact Stephanie Smith in the RLC Community and Corporate Education Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714 or at