Nurse Assistant Certification Examination Northern California

Nurse Assistant Certification Examination Northern California

If you are enrolled in a CNA training program or equivalency program and wish to take the NATAP test upon completing the required hours, please follow the steps provided in the following information (click on teal colored links for more detailed information).

How to register for the Nurse Assistant Certification exam:

1. Complete Nurse Assistant Certification Exam Registration Application

  • Registration Application (fillable and printable pdf version if using internet explorer or safari)
  • Please remember to sign the registration application
  • Please send a copy of your 283B form or your 932 form along with your registration application
  • Please do NOT send your application and fees via UPS or FedEx or with a signed receipt request as this will result in a delay of processing your application. The college does not directly accept mail via these methods and forwards the mail to the district warehouse for processing which may cause delays up to 10-14 days.

2. Testing Fees (NO credit card, cash, or personal check) Please note that our fees will be increasing. We will announce our fee increase in January 2022, the price will be effective in March 2022.

  • Both Manual and Written Test ------------------ $100
  • Manual Skills Only --------------------------------- $65
  • Written Test Only ----------------------------------- $35
  • Oral Written Test (additional fee) -------------- $15
  • money order or cashier’s check is accepted for fee payment. Please make the money order or cashier’s check payable to Northern Regional Testing Center. No personal checks or cash will be accepted
  • The first time you test, you must schedule both the written and skills examinations
  •  Once your registration application is processed there are no refunds

3. List your requested examination date and test site on application.  (Please note: dates and locations are found by clicking the following links to the calendars)

  • Examination Locations (revised 12/02/21)
  • Examination Dates  (revised 12/28/21)
  • Registration is based upon “first come, first served” availability and the calendar does reflect when the testing sites are full 
  • Nursing Assistant Training Program/School Scheduling Policy
  • Please note: Examination Calendar will be revised on a monthly basis

4. Mail completed Registration Application and testing fee to:

Northern Regional Testing Center
Mission College
3000 Mission College Blvd., MS 19
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Phone: 408 855-5203
Fax: 408 855-5213

* Please review your registration application before mailing. Incomplete applications or applications without appropriate fees will not be processed and will be returned by US mail. Registration materials are processed upon receipt therefore there are no refunds.

All applications must be received 3 weeks or 15 working business days prior to the requested testing date. 

Please DO NOT send your application and fees via overnight mail or UPS or FedEx or with a signed receipt request as this will result in a delay of processing your application.

The college does not directly accept mail via these methods and forwards the mail to the district warehouse for processing which may cause delays up to 10-14 days.

Confirmation emails are not required for admission to testing. As a courtesy, confirmation of your testing date will be emailed to the email address that you provided once your application has been processed. 

If you did not provide an email, confirmation will be confirmed by phone or a phone message will be left on the phone number you provided. If we have any questions about your application, the NRTC staff will call you and/or email you. If we are not able to reach you by phone or email, your application packet will be returned to you by mail.

What to Bring on Testing Day

  • Non-laminated social security card (Note: copies of your social security card are not accepted)
  • Current government-approved photo identification (driver's license, CA ID, or passport)
  • Original CDPH 283B form or your CDPH 932 form with you on the day of the examination.
  • Water and a lunch as there are no facilities nearby to purchase
  • Additional restrictions due to COVID-19
    • Face covering or mask
    • Self addressed stamped envelope

If you fail to bring any of the items listed above on the day of testing, you may not take the examination. You will be required to reschedule your examination.

The name on your photo identification must be the same name that is on your social security card. If the names do not match, you will not be able to take the examination.

The NRTC is the processing center all CNA certificates will be issued by the CDPH 30-90 days after exam. You may go to the CDPH verification link in order to check your status.

Rescheduling Policy (Effective June 3, 2015)

You will need to reschedule your exam if you fail to bring the required documents and  identification for testing or you are unable to attend your scheduled examination. 

Missed exams will need to be rescheduled and will be required to pay a $25 rescheduling fee.

  • A new registration application must be submitted along with the $25 rescheduling fee and other support documents.
  • Rescheduling an examination is allowed once.
  • If an examination is missed a second time, the fee required is the same as the initial application for testing.

 If you applied to take the test and paid the required fees, but did not bring the required documents for testing or you missed the exam, your testing fees will NOT be refunded as registration materials are processed upon receipt.


Practice Exams and Useful Links

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Regional Testing Center Complaint Form 

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