Joan Adam, Secretary of Health


Initial CNA Training & Registration


Application to Enroll in Training Course

All CNA candidates must submit the Training Enrollment Verification Form and the online CNA Initial Registration Application before a candidate may enroll in a board-approved CNA training course.   

New applicants must:

  1. Print the CNA Training Enrollment Verification form.  Complete the applicant section, then give the form to your employer, organization, or school to complete their section.

  2. Complete the online CNA Initial Registration Application; you must also upload the completed CNA Training Enrollment Verification Form.  ​​

  3. Only after the SD Department of Health Office of Licensure and Certification has received all required documents will an application be reviewed and processed, allow 5-7 days.  After processing, an applicant's eligibility to enroll in a board-approved nurse aide training program will be entered and available to verify on the board's Registration Verification site. ​

  4. On the Registration Verification website: enter an applicant's information, after the applicant information pulls up, look under the status heading. If the status indicates 'eligible' then the applicant is approved to enrollIf an applicant does not appear on the verification website, contact Shelly Walstead with the South Dakota Department of Health Office of Licensure and Certification.

1135 Waiver Information:

The waiver that was issued by the federal government during the COVID-19 pandemic allowed facilities to employ nurse aides who did not meet the regular training requirements. This wavier expired June 6, 2022. Facilities now must transition employees from a temporary nurse aide role to a registered CNA before October 6, 2022.  Read more information about how to transition your employees: CLICK HERE


Email Shelly Walstead.