Free CNA Training in Maine

If you wish to become a CNA in Maine, you will find that the state requires more extensive training than most other states.  All state approved CNA courses must cover 180 hours of instruction with 90 hours of theory and 70 hours in a clinical setting (the remaining hours are spent on lab studies).  Most training courses for certified nursing assistants cost at least $450.  We’ve compiled a few legitimate free training opportunities below:

1) The Maine Medical Center offers free training for individuals accepted into the program.  There is testing and an interview process to select applicants.  The goal of this program is to provide career training opportunities for individuals who cannot afford training on their own.  Some graduates of the program will be hired to work at Maine Medical Center, while others will find employment at other healthcare facilities. For more information visit the Maine Medical Centre Website


2) Most healthcare providers in Maine will reimburse individuals for the cost of their CNA training upon being hired.  (As long as the individuals received certification one year ago or less).  If you receive reimbursement for your training in full, you have obtained cna training though you made the initial investment out of your own pocket.

3) Your Current Employer: If you are working in a healthcare facility and decide you want to further your education to work in an entry-level healthcare position, you might want to consider CNA training.  Express your interest in the new career to your employer.  Good quality nursing assistants are typically in high demand.  Your employer might pay for you to receive your training as long as you continue to work for the facility as a nursing assistant upon certification.

Direct Free Training Opportunities

1) The Broadwater Health Center mention on their website that they will train you to fill their CNA vacancy if you have the passion to care for the elderly. It is worth contacting them to see if they have any active vacancies at the moment and if they will train you for the position. More details can be found on their website at

Institutions That Can Be Of Assistance

1) Southern Maine Community College

2 Fort Road, South Portland, Maine 04106

The Southern Maine Community College takes part in Workforce Investment Act and Training Programs.  They are one of the approved training providers for displaced workers and other individuals qualifying for WIA financial assistance.  They also take part in programs helping employers to better train future and present employees to create a better workforce for all.  There are other colleges within the state participating in these programs as well.

 2) Women Unlimited

79 Leighton Road, Suite 5, Second Floor, Augusta, ME 04330

The Women Unlimited Program in Maine helps to connect women with Job Training Opportunities.  Many of the jobs are in partnership with the Department of Transportation for Maine.  Women who are part of the Women Unlimited Job Bank can apply for on the job training options through various employers.  Individuals will learn skills that will help them to develop a career filled with opportunities.

3) Competitive Skills Scholarship

Bureau of Employment Services, 55 State House Station, Augusta, Maine. Phone: 04333-0055

This scholarship is for individuals who meet the program’s specified low income.  Men and women who apply must not already have a post high school degree for a high demand and high pay job.  They must be looking to complete training or a degree that would allow them to then earn a high income.  The scholarship can only be used to train for careers that are within a good demand in the state.

 4) Maine Career Centers

One College Drive, Calais, ME 04619-0415

Maine Career Centers are an excellent source for men and women looking for  job training.  The Career Centers are able to serve those who are unemployed, as well as many individuals who are underemployed and even many displaced homemakers.  They connect individuals with training opportunities including the Workforce Investment Act tuition assistance programs and other grant opportunities.  Individuals must visit a local Career Center such as the one in Calais to access services.

 It is really not as difficult as you might think to obtain no cost CNA training in Maine.  In fact, you can sometimes find out about grants and other financial assistance from program administrators of nursing assistant courses.

Nursing homes in Maine that might offer free Training Classes

Note: The following is a list of popular nursing homes in Indiana. They don’t provide free training, but they are a good starting point if you’re looking for nursing homes that may have active vacancies and are willing to hire NA trainees.

  1. Birch Grove Rehab & Living Ctr – 18 Leighton St   Pittsfield, Maine 04967
  2. Borderview Rehab & Living Ctr – 90 State St   Van Buren, Maine 04785
  3. Brentwood Rehab & Nursing Ctr – 370 Portland St   Yarmouth, Maine 04096
  4. Brewer Rehab And Living – 74 Parkway South   Brewer, Maine 04412
  5. Colonial Health Care – Workman Terrace   Lincoln, Maine 04457
  6. Country Manor Nursing Home – 132 Main Street   Coopers Mills, Maine 04341
  7. Courtland Rehab & Living Ctr – 42 Bucksport Rd   Ellsworth, Maine 04605
  8. Evergreen Manor – 328 North St   Saco, Maine 04072
  9. Falmouth By The Sea – 191 Foreside Rd   Falmouth, Maine 04105
  10. Fieldcrest Manor – 126 Depot St   Waldoboro, Maine 04572
  11. Forest Hill Manor – 25 Bolduc Ave   Fort Kent, Maine 04743
  12. Freeport Nursing & Rehab Ctr – 3 East St   Freeport, Maine 04032
  13. Fryeburg Health Care Center – 77 Fairview Dr   Fryeburg, Maine 04037
  14. Gardiner Health Care Facility – 8 Holland St   Houlton, Maine 04730
  15. Gorham House – 50 New Portland Rd   Gorham, Maine 04038
  16. Maplecrest Rehab & Living Ctr – 174 Main St   Madison, Maine 04950
  17. Market Square Health Care Ctr – 3 Market Square   South Paris, Maine 04281
  18. Marshall Health Care And Rehab – High Street Ext B   Machias, Maine 04654
  19. Marshwood Ctr For Healthcare – 33 Roger Street   Lewiston, Maine 04240
  20. Presque Isle Nursing Home – 162 Academy St   Presque Isle, Maine 04769
  21. Riverridge – 79 Cat Mousam Rd   Kennebunk, Maine 04043
  22. Robinsons Health Care Facility – 284 Brunswick Avenue   Gardiner, Maine 04345
  23. Ross Manor – 758 Broadway   Bangor, Maine 04401
  24. Rumford Community Home – Sunnyside Terrace   Rumford, Maine 04276


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7 Responses to Free CNA Training in Maine

  1. Heidi Coates January 21, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    I was certified in 1991. I have not been working as a cna for over 2 years. The cna registry told me that it would cost me over $100. to get recertified unless I could find an employer willing to pay for my recertification. Any suggestions.

    • Admin February 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

      Well, Like they mentioned your choices are pretty clear cut. If you intend to work as a CNA right now, you’ll find lots of nursing homes near your area who can employ you as well as pay for your recertification.

  2. Diane Tozier January 29, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    Hi my name is Diane and I was would like to find out information on the free cna course.If you could call (number removed) or email me would be apreciated.

    • Admin February 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

      Hi Diana, We don’t provide the training ourselves… but you could contact a nursing home near you and see if they’d be willing to sponsor your training in return for a commitment to work for them from you.

  3. Brooke August 18, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    I am certified as a CRMA and am highly interested in extending my career. How do you go about in trying to get finiacial help with the CNA Course.

    • Admin November 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

      Hi Brooke, as discussed above, your best bet is via nursing care facilities. Try to find ones with active vacancies and show them that you have the passion to care for the elderly and they might just offer you free training (with a long term employment contract of course)

  4. lisa February 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Hi my cna certification expired 3 years ago .because I wasn’t working I would love to renew my certification .any suggestions

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