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Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP)

How to Start a Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP)

  1. Application packet for approval of a Nurse Aide Training Program is a fillable form and available online: Nurse Aide Program Application.
  1. An approved nurse aide training and competency evaluation program must be at least 75 clock hours in length. Training includes at least 59 hours of curriculum instruction and 16 hours of supervised practical training with a live person in a laboratory or another setting. Location of or method of curriculum instruction and supervised practical training identified in application packet.
  1. Federal and State regulations and program requirements included in the Federal NATCEP Resource. Nurse aide training program applicants declare in initial application to read and implement Federal of NATCEP Resource requirements.
  2. Program Administrator and additional instructors Resume submitted with application for approval.
  3. For information and questions, email:

Administrator Qualifications

  1. Vermont RN with a minimum of two years of licensed nursing experience.
  2. At least one year in the provision of long-term care facility services in the US as evidenced by licensed nursing experience resume. Examples of long-term care facility services are employment in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Home health experience providing care in private homes only is not included.
  3. Total licensed nursing experience can be as an LPN but must currently be a RN. Licensed nursing experience does not include nurse aide.

NATCEPS operated by a nursing home cannot have had an extended or partial extended survey, operated with a waiver of the 8 hour per day registered nurse requirement, been assessed a civil money penalty, or had a denial of payment enforced within past two (2) years. A NATCEP prohibition waiver may be an option. Email: for information.

Federal law allows up to 90 days for approval of a completed application.

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