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Wisconsin Nurse Aide Competency Testing Frequently Asked Questions

The Department of Health Services has one state-administered competency test, as allowed under federal law, to ensure a neutral and objective nurse aide testing process.

The Department contracts with Pearson Vue to deliver Wisconsin’s Nurse Aide Competency Testing services.

The DHS liaison with Pearson Vue and American Red Cross of the Susquehanna Valley (ARCSV) is the Office of Caregiver Quality, Department of Health Services, Division of Quality Assurance, PO Box 2969, Madison, WI 53701-2969, (608) 261-8319.

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Nurse Aide Competency Testing

Who do I contact to learn about nurse aide testing?

How do I get an application to test?

How can I prepare for the Nurse Aide Competency Test?

How do I get a Nurse Aide Candidate Handbook?

How do I complete section 5 of the Application for Competency Evaluation, that asks for my training program number?

Where do I find the Regional Test Site codes and city information?

How do I schedule an exam?

Do I have to submit the fee with the application?

Can I submit a voucher?

Is the exam offered in another language besides English?

I have a disability. How do I request special accommodations to my testing due to my disability?

How will I know where and when the exam will be?

How do I cancel a scheduled exam?

I missed my scheduled exam. Do I have to pay again to schedule another exam?

Can I work as a nurse aide before I take the competency test?

What is included on the nurse aide competency test?

Will I be using a mannequin for the Skills Evaluation?

What if I made a mistake during the Skills Evaluation?

How will I know if I passed the competency test?

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Last Revised: September 11, 2012