CNA Competency Testing Instructions

When you are ready to take the exam to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA), your next step is to register for the competency exam.

If you are in search of a CNA education program, please explore ECC’s Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program or call the BNA department at 847-214-7350 or 7310.

Register for CNA competency exam through SIU


All CNA test registration and exam details are handled by Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale, Illinois. You must register and pay for the exam through SIU’s Nurse Aide Testing site.  If you have questions about the exam, please call SIU at 618-453-4368.

ECC is an SIU-approved testing site

  • Although ECC is an approved testing site, you must register and pay for the exam through SIU’s Nurse Aide Testing site.
  • Registration for each test date closes approximately one month prior to the test date; you will not be allowed to “drop in” and take the test.
  • Your confirmed test time and room assignment will be mailed by SIU before the test date.
  • When you arrive for your exam, you must present a valid photo ID and be listed on SIU’s exam roster.

CNA test dates at ECC


Exams take place on Thursdays at 10 a.m. unless indicated otherwise. The location for the tests is Building B, Rooms B180 (Community Room) and/or B181.

  • July 18, 2019
  • August 16, 2019 (Friday)
  • September 12, 2019
  • October 10, 2019
  • November 7, 2019
  • December 5, 2019
  • January 16, 2020
  • February 20
  • March 19
  • April 16
  • May 14
  • June 18
  • July 16
  • August 20
  • September 17
  • November 12
  • December 10, 2020
  • January 21, 2021

Health Care Worker Registry


All nursing assistants must be listed on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Health Care Worker Registry. Nursing assistant students are placed on the registry after meeting the required training and competency testing criteria or equivalency criteria and undergoing a criminal background check.After students take the CNA certification exam, the state will add the exam results (pass/fail) to the registry. For details on this requirement, contact the Illinois Department of Public Health.