COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation:

Testing candidates: Check our COVID-19 Update Page to review the health and safety measures in place for testing and find out about any country-specific testing policies.

Appointment availability is limited due to social distancing precautions and varies by location. Please note that our customer service wait-times are also longer than usual right now. For information on rescheduling, refunds, and more, please check out our FAQs.

South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Learn more about testing for Essential Services in the U.S. and Canada during COVID-19. See FAQs »

Learn more about Pearson VUE test delivery during COVID-19.


See "Test Taker Services" for specific requirements.

ALERT! Nurse Aide Certification Renewal Extension

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SCDHHS is granting a Nurse Aide certification expiration extension. The new renewal deadline will now be extended to December 31, 2020. Certifications that have, or will expire, from March 13, 2020 – December 30, 2020, will be given a new certification expiration date of December 31, 2020. For example, if your certification expired on March 13, 2020 (and you have not yet renewed); or your certification is due to expire on October 1, 2020, your new certification expiration date will automatically be extended to December 31, 2020 in your PCM account, as well as, on the SC Nurse Aide Registry.


Nurse Aide Renewal Instructions

To renew your certification, log into your PCM Account and submit a ‘Nurse Aide Registry Renewal Form’ which can be found by clicking on the ‘Click here to complete the Registry Renewal form’ link on your PCM Home page. The ‘Nurse Aide Registry Renewal Form’ will be available in your PCM account 90 days prior to your December 31, 2020 expiration date; and you will receive a 60 day, as well as, a 30 day renewal reminder email prior to the December 31, 2020 expiration date. You may renew your certification as early as 90 days prior to your December 31, 2020 expiration date by logging into your PCM account and submitting your ‘Nurse Aide Registry Renewal Form.’ Questions can be directed to our Customer Service Team: call 800-475-8290


Effective July 1, 2020 new exam fees. Please refer to the Candidate Handbook for more information.

Effective August 26, 2019 score reports will be provided online and will no longer be handed out at the test center. To access your score report, please log into your PCM account.

Score reports are generally available within 24 hours after a testing event is completed for the day. Click here for printable instructions.

Steps to enroll on the SC Nurse Aide Registry

The following are the steps in the process of enrollment onto the South Carolina Nurse Aides Registry. Steps that require action by you are indicated by a symbol.


Complete training program

Student must complete the state approved training program. Read the following documents.


Submit training program completion form & select provider

You will create a student account in PCM then submit a form to indicate your training program completion and select the training provider.

Your provider will approve the form.


Email received

You will receive an e-mail indicating you are eligible to schedule your exam(s) when the provider approves your form. This will include a link to login and schedule your exam(s).


Schedule your test

Use the link in your activation email to start this process. (Referenced in step 3, above.)

We recommend you read the Instructions for Completing Application & Exam Scheduling (PDF) before you begin this process. If you have already activated your account, log in to schedule a test or change your testing appointment.

After your test

Information you may need after taking your test.

More information

Click on the sections below for more information.

Last updated 2020-09-17