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Registration Guidelines

Registration information and guidelines

All registrations must be completed online. After reviewing this section, please click on REGISTRATION and complete the online web form. Once you submit the form you will automatically be taken to the credit card payment screen. Your registration is not complete until payment is received. We require 20 paid participants to hold a workshop and our maximum capacity is 30. You must enter each individual participants information accurately. Without accurate participant information you may not be successfully enrolled in the course and it is impossible for us to maintain records or properly communicate with participants regarding the course and live sessions.


You must be qualified to attend this workshop. Please read the Qualifications section to determine if you are qualified. Please note: Registration for individuals not affiliated with a nursing home or current NATCEP will be permitted to register for the workshop only if it is not filled 2 weeks from the registration deadline.

Registration for individuals not affiliated with a nursing home or current NATCEP will be permitted to register for the course only if their request has been approved by the Pa Department of Education and the course is not filled 2 weeks from the registration deadline.

Federal regulation requires a nursing facility to hire individuals who are on the nurse aide registry or who complete a nurse aide program and become enrolled on the registry within 120 days of hire; therefore, priority will be given to instructors who are employed by a long-term care nursing facility or state approved program.


Cost to attend the standard Online Course and Two Day Workshop is $165.00.
Required course materials are ordered separately for an additional fee.
See Materials for more details.

If you have the proper qualifications and have been pre-approved by the PA Department of Education you can attend just the last 2 days of the workshop for certification. Cost to attend the last 2 days is $115.00. Again, this must be pre-approved. Please read the Qualifications section for more information.


Credit Card payment is strongly encouraged and must be made online. We cannot accept credit card payments over the phone. We accept both Visa® and MasterCard®. If a facility is making a payment for you we will accept checks, however, registration is processed on a first paid basis.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made prior to the deadline for registration. Refunds will not be made after the registration deadline. The only exception is when Penn State cancels the workshop. Workshops can be cancelled by Penn State for various reasons. Examples include low enrollment, inclement weather and facility or scheduling issues. See below for Refunds and Transfers restrictions. You must attend the two day live sessions associated with the Online Course. If you cannot complete or attend either one of these, you will need to re-register for another course/ live two day sessions as well as pay the registration fee again. See Refunds, Transfers and Forfeits sections for more details.


Refunds will not be made after the registration deadline. See Cancellation Policy and Transfers sections.


If you cancel your registration before the deadline, you are eligible for a refund. See Refunds. If you cancel or fail to attend or completed a portion of the workshop after the deadline, you are not eligible for a refund.


Unless you were approved to only attend the last Two Day Workshop, you must successfully complete both the Online Course and the Two Day live sessions to receive certification. You may not attend the Two Day live sessions until you have successfully completed the Online Course. Successful completion of the Online Course means you have completed all the assignments to the satisfaction of the instructor within the three week time period. Should you fail to complete the Online Course, you may not be able to attend the corresponding Two Day live sessions. You will need to sign up for a another course and pay the registration fee again, see the Transfers section above for information on how to achieve this. Successful completion of the Two Day live sessions requires prompt attendance for both days and is at the discretion of the Pennsylvania Department of Education instructors. Certification is awarded based a specific number hours of instruction. Failure to complete the workshops or attend during the scheduled times may result in your certification being withheld until you have completed the required number hours of instruction.

Certification is good indefinitely, meaning it does not expire. If you've lost your certificate or if your name has changed on your license, you may request a replacement. Please note, the replacement certificate may be associated with a replacement fee. Please contact Staci Lynch at and include the following information: You will need to email or fax a copy of your current license along with a current mailing address and give a rough idea of when you took the workshop. If your name changed, please also include your previous name. The official certificate must and will be sent via US Mail but we can also email you an unofficial scanned version. Often times, this unofficial copy will suffice until the official copy arrives by mail.

If you still have questions regarding registration, please read the FAQ section, then contact Staci Lynch at (814) 863-0805 or