Free CNA Training in New York

If you have decided to start a career as a CNA in New York, you will need to complete a state approved training course and then the certification exam.  A nursing assistant career allows you to provide basic care services for patients in a range of healthcare settings.  You will monitor and chart patient vital signs, assistant with activities of daily living and provide other care services.  New York has a lot of free training options. Read below:

1) If you live in the New York City area, you can apply for tuition free Nursing Assistant training through the Visiting Nurse Service.  This program prepares students for certification and for a career working in the home health setting.  Please note that you will need to pay a small fee for your textbook if you enter this training course.


2) Look for Adult Learning Centers in your local area (We’ve listed a few that provide training at the bottom of this page) to determine if you can receive training.  For example, the Centers located in Harlem and the Bronx offer options for prospective nursing assistants who cannot afford to pay for the certification training courses.

3) If you live in one of the boroughs of New York City, you can apply for a voucher for cna tuition payment through Workforce 1.  There is an application process and it can take a few months to know if you are accepted to receive a voucher.  These vouchers for training are not accepted at every nursing assistant training school or program location, so you will have to take time to find a program that accepts the vouchers.

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Arnot Health
600 Roe Ave,Elmira, NY, United States
They are looking for people who they can sponsor and train to become CNA’s. Ideally you’d have to work for them upon completion but this is something you’ll need to discuss with them beforehand. Call them on (607) 737-4100 and ask to speak to their careers dept.

The Wesley Community
156 Lawrence St, Saratoga Springs, NY
You can get trained at no cost here if you’re willing to commit to working there for at least 1 year upon getting qualified. Looks like a good opportunity. Class begins in mid September so hurry! They’re located in Saratoga Springs, NY. Get in touch by calling: (518) 587-3600 or emailing:

The Brothers Of Mercy
Bergtold & Ransom Road, Clarence NY 14031
they have a superb training program. They offer a sign on bonus of up to $500 for those who end up being recruited by them. Similar to the other opportunities on this page, the training is “paid” which means you get it for free AND get paid a small wage while being trained. Download the application by clicking here and call them on 716-759-6985 for more info.

The Maplewood
100 Daniel Drive   Webster, NY 14580
They are situated in the Village of Webster. They occasionally offer paid training(training where you get paid while you learn). It is worth giving them a shot if you’re near this area and are looking to get trained. The nursing home is absolutely fantastic! One of the best we’ve seen in the United States. Call them on 585-872-1800 for more info.

Visiting Nurses Association (HHA Training)
2180 Empire Blvd., Webster 
They have classes almost every quarter and the people who run the classes are absolutely fantastic. We’ve received recommendations for this place from my readers. You need to apply in person at the address above  between 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Mon.-Fri. They encourage minorities to apply.

Loretto Rosewood
Syracrause, NY.
Another location that offers paid training where you get trained while receiving a daily wage. High school diploma or a GED is a must. The prospective student must pass a criminal background check. Visit their website on and select the training option from the category list. As of writing this they have a Home Health Aide training program ongoing. They also do CNA training sometimes.

Adirondack Medical Center
2233 New York 86, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Paid training is available(you get paid while you are trained!). They are looking for people who are willing to get trained and then work for them at their facilities in Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. They also have excellent benefits. For more info call them on (518) 891-4141 and ask about their trainee positions.

Finger Lakes Health (Runs Throughout the year)
196 North St Geneva, NY
They have a paid training program offered year round that trains you to work at Penn Yan, Geneva, or Waterloo,. You are trained over four weeks on the various skills required to work as a CNA.  The program prepares you to pass the state certification exam. While waiting for results you are trained under a mentoring program so that you can easily make the move from a trainee to a working CNA. This looks like a great opportunity if you’re serious about working as a CNA and are in the Geneva, NY area. For more info check out their website or call them on  (315) 787-4000 and ask about their training program.

Elcor Health Services
48 Colonial Dr, Horseheads, NY 14845
Training program with guaranteed employment after certification. They have a trainee position available at the moment. You will need to fulfill their application process to be eligible for the position. You will get paid while training and a higher salary upon completion and certification. You must apply in person at the Maple Creeks reception desk.

Chenengo Memorial Hospital
179 N Broad St, Norwich, NY 13815,
Get paid $7.25 while you are trained. The salary rises to over $9 once you complete your certification. Excellent place to work with a lot of benefits and other opportunities. The training program lasts for 100 hours. You will need to have a GED or High school equivalent to qualify for the program.

Elderwood Senior Care
They offer paid training at their facilities across NY. Call them on (716) 250-9663 and ask for their trainee positions. 

Health Services Of Northern New York
56 Market Street Potsdam, NY 13676
They offer no cost training to those who want to become Personal Care Assistants. They have classes periodically and may have one running at this time. Call them on 1-315-265-4065 and ask to speak to the jobs department.

First Care of New York INC
offers No Cost HHA/PCA training at its centers in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. To be eligible for the training you need to show up at their centers with a valid government ID, Social security number as well as a reference letter. Having a recent physical with valid documentation is also recommended. Their contact numbers are as follows:
Bronx Office – 718-364-7251
Brooklyn Office – 718-675-6200
Queens Office – 718-478-1454

Aftercare Nursing
They are going to be starting no cost training classes very soon. They can be contacted at (716) 894-7777. The classes are not currently running, but according to their listing it says they are starting soon so inquire politely and see if you qualify. They are located at 1680 Walden Avenue Cheektowaga, NY 14225.

Training to Become a HHA
Newark HomeCare Plus is offering training for those who want to become HHA’s. Since this career is closely related to CNA’s we’ve decided to list it on this page. As a home health aide you do pretty much the same stuff as a CNA except you’ll be working in the home of the patient and not in a hospital or nursing home. The pay is slightly lesser but HHA training is relatively easier to get for free since a lot of companies hire trainees. Newark Homecare Plus is holding the training in Centra Wayne County and can be contacted on (800) 562-1650 for more info.

Training VIA Educational Opportunity Centers

The following Universities and Colleges have Educational Opportunity Centers across New York that provide  nurse aide training at next to no cost. You will have to check the admission and eligibility requirements before submitting an application.

1) University of Buffalo – Educational Opportunity Center.
465 Washington Street Buffalo, New York 14203-1707
Phone: 716.849.6727

2) The College at Brockport – Rochester Educational Op Center.
305 Andrews Street Rochester, NY 14604
Phone: (585) 232-2730

3) Hudson Valley Community College – Capital District Educational Opportunity Center
80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, NY 12180
Phone: 518-629-4822 (HVCC)

4) Rochester Educational Opportunity Center
305 Andrews Street Rochester, NY 14604

This Educational Opportunity Center provides options for individuals to receive the training they need to be self-sufficient.  CNA training is one of the options available for those who qualify.  There is no tuition charged for those who are accepted into the program.  Students receive all the classroom, lab and clinical training necessary to start a career as a certified nursing assistant.  Interested individuals should call (585) 232-2730 for more information.

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Vocational Nursing Scholarships Available in NY


Ascend Educational Fund
The Ascend Educational Fund is a non-profit organization that awards scholarships to immigrant students and children of immigrants who are graduating from a New York City high school. The awards range from $2500 – $20,000 and are based on hard work, academic achievement, leadership and commitment to the applicant’s community. In order to qualify, the applicant must be born outside the United States or have two parents born outside the United States, be a senior in high school graduating from one of the five boroughs in New York City and be enrolled full-time in an accredited private or public college.

New York Black Nurses Association Inc. – The Vivian Leslie Memorial Scholarship
The Vivian Leslie Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to an applicant who is enrolled in a nursing program (LPN) and is in good academic standing. The applicant must be actively involved in a local health program. The applicant is required to submit a 250 word paragraph about themselves and what makes them qualified to receive this award. Applications are accepted yearly from May 15th through October 15th. Make sure and submit all required documents before the deadline.

New York State Higher Education Services Corporation – NYS Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans
The NYS Regents Award for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans was established to provide assistance with tuition to students whose parent or parents served in the U.S Armed Forces during specified periods of war. In order to qualify for the award, the parent must have suffered 40% or more disability, was classified as missing in action, was a prisoner of war or died as a result of service. Make sure and check the website for specific dates of service. The award is $450 and is given out annually.

Nursing homes in New York that might offer free CNA training

These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. This is a list of some of the more popular nursing homes. It is a good way to get started in your search for training particularly if any of them have current vacancies. Always be polite when inquiring as some might not have free training or a current vacancy. 

Arden Hill L C C At Newburgh – 172 Meadow Hill Road   Newburgh, New York 12550

Arden Hill Life Care Center – 6 Harriman Drive   Goshen, New York 10924

Arnot Ogden Med Ctr Rhcf – 600 Roe Avenue   Elmira, New York 14905

Auburn Nursing Home – 85 Thornton Avenue   Auburn, New York 13021

Augustana Lutheran Home – 5434 Second Avenue   Brooklyn, New York 11204

Aurelia Osborn Fox Memorial Ho – One Norton Avenue   Oneonta, New York 13820

Autumn View Health Care Facility Llc – S 4650 Southwestern Blvd   Hamburg, New York 14075

Chapin Home For The Aging – 165 01 Chapin Parkway   Jamaica, New York 11432

Chase Memorial Nursing Home Co – One Terrace Heights   New Berlin, New York 13411

Chautauqua County Home – 10836 Temple Road   Dunkirk, New York 14048

Chemung County Health Center – 103 Washington Street   Elmira, New York 14901

Chenango Memorial Hospital – 179 North Broad Street   Norwich, New York 13815

Good Samaritan Lutheran Hcc – 125 Rockefeller Road   Delmar, New York 12054

Good Samaritan Nursing Home – 101 Elm St   Sayville, New York 11782

Good Shepherd Fairview Home – 80 Fairview Avenue   Binghamton, New York 13904

Gouverneur Health Care Services – 227 Madison Street   New York, New York 10002

Gowanda Nursing Home – 100 Miller Street   Gowanda, New York 14070

Grace Manor Health Care Facility – 10 Symphony Circle   Buffalo, New York 14201

Grand Manor Nursing And Rehab – 700 White Plains Road   Bronx, New York 10473

Grandell Rehabilitation And Nu – 645 W Broadway   Long Beach, New York 11561

Greater Harlem Nursing Home Co – 30 West 138th Street   New York, New York 10037

Mt Loretto Nursing Home Inc – 302 Swart Hill Road   Amsterdam, New York 12010

N Y S Vets Home At Montrose – 198 Albany Post Road   Montrose, New York 10548

N Y S Vets Home At Oxford – 4211 State Highway 220   Oxford, New York 13830

N Y S Vets Home St Albans – 178 50 Linden Blvd   Jamaica, New York 11434

Other state listings:

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

31 Responses to Free CNA Training in New York

  1. paula jenkins February 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    We are a faith based company in the Bronx and can offer use of space for community for training.

    Students should train for free and reeive some type of asistance (Vesid, voucher etc.)

    Please contact Paula Jenkins 718 299 0500 or e mail ,

  2. Stephanie July 7, 2011 at 1:31 am #

    I was wondering if there are any free CNA training in NYC since September of last year?

    • Admin July 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

      Have you tried the EOC centers listed above?

  3. Melissa July 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    If you used to be a CNA but your certification expired, is there anyway to just take the test again? Online or in person?

    • Admin October 21, 2011 at 11:14 am #

      If your license expired lass than 5 years ago, you can do the test again without the training portion.

      • phyllis mills December 8, 2011 at 6:50 am #

        Melissa where can i take the CNA test at in person? My license has been expired for 3 years

    • jenine July 23, 2013 at 1:49 am #

      yes, call the nurse aide registry in the state you had your certification expired and then ask them the process to take your test to be a certified nurse aide again. It may be helpful to have your expired certification in hand to give them the information on it, such as the numbers and/or letter and the name on the certificate.

  4. Kristel November 6, 2011 at 3:53 am #

    I am certified caregiver from Philippines and took Phlebotomy and EKG tech in Manhattan New york. I heard i must take an exam for the state license. So i am just wondering if i can straightly take the exam or do i need to take CNA training here again in NY just to get the license?

    Hope to hear for your response. Thank you!

  5. SAMANTHA November 22, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    Does anyone know if there is anywhere offering CNA Classes right now? thank you !

    btw this is a wonderfully informative site thank you !

  6. zainab November 30, 2011 at 3:49 am #

    I am a New York residient but I moved to TX for a while and I got my certification in TX what is the process of getting my license transfered? do i have to take the entire certification program over?

  7. KAREN DIXON February 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    I have called the Workforce one in queens because they keep advertising cost less cna training and when you call they tell you that the goverment has not funded them with money, so I don’t know why they do this false advertisment. I have called school and they want $317.00 a week ( New Age Training) for Cna, who can afford that on unemployment, also tried to see if I can take a student loan and constantly being told there is no loans…Need Help anyone knows of a classes or LPN classes in Queens?

  8. Krystal March 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Does anyone know where i can find classes in Binghamton

  9. Priya March 31, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    Hi i would like to know if you have to get certain requirements to be trained for CNA , since i am not a college graduate..please do reply. Thank you

  10. brianna April 8, 2012 at 3:48 am #

    Hello, my name is brianna im a young single mom deeply interested in a career as a cna. i would love to find a training course in my area near middletown ny. please if you could help me solve this dilema i have run into i would be ever so greatful. i really would love a near career i enjoy

  11. John September 8, 2012 at 5:59 am #

    Im looking for training in the Albany area. My girlfiend is a veteran and was hoping there might be some programs out there to get her re-certified.

  12. Channel October 20, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Hello my name Is Channel and I am interested in a CNA course. I am a single mother of two so this would be a great opportunity to support my family. I am located in the Far Rockaway/Queens, NY area. Please help me with some information.

    Thank you so much, it is appreciated!!!

  13. sherri December 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    hello once again i’ve completed the cna course in 2009 and never took the state exam due to the things that were going on in the school. one was she held our certificates and never release them. from the clinical i recieved an recomendation from the nursing home and when i went back to question her about my certificate and to inquiry about taking the exam she told me and other students in the class that its too late. is it possible that i could take the exam or would i have to take the class over again.

  14. Joy January 13, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    I am a home health aide and a registered x-ray tech living near Albany NY. Am wondering about becoming a CNA and if it would transfer to MA when I move to that state in a year’s time? Can you sit for the exam without taking CNA training since I already am a HHA?

  15. Christina January 21, 2013 at 1:33 am #

    Hi Carmen/Ruthie,

    How often does NYIMC have their classes? Is there a high percentage of get job placement upon graduating from there? Thank you

  16. ViccyC June 17, 2013 at 4:55 pm #


    Equal opportunity Center of Westcherster (EOC)
    26 south broadway, yonkers NY

    914 606 7621/7600.
    Req: GED/ HS diploma
    1 yr NY residency proof.

    Call and begin your future guys.
    This site has been so great to me. Hope I help someone.

  17. stephanie July 7, 2013 at 4:28 am #

    I live in Buffalo new York and I am in need of a CNA refresher class

  18. Zaha August 21, 2014 at 4:17 am #


    So, my husband and I got transferred here for Knoll’s Atomic Power Laboratory for the Navy. I’m looking for a free place to get certified/trained as a CNA or HHA though I haven’t found any closeby. We live in Ballston Spa, NY. If there aren’t any free classes, anyone know of any relatively cheap places for the Ballston Spa/Saratoga Springs area?

    I would really appreciate the help!

    Thank you!

  19. Carmen March 2, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    To anyone looking to be trained as CNA for free in NYC :

    Due to the city budget cuts, the overwhelming number of applicants that are
    presently unemployed and looking to get new trades, it is hard to get free training.

    I did my research on all the schools offering a CNA training and believe me I have found one where the price is so affortable I was amazed. Their price is close to
    FREE. I took my training there. It is an excellent school.
    718- 565-9501

  20. Stephanie C August 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    EOC and Highbridge does offer free CNA training in NYC. However, they ask for proof of income.

  21. Admin October 21, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    As long as your residency permit allows you to study/work you should be able to join any school in your area.

  22. phyllis mills December 8, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    i recieved my cna license in Georgia i let my license expire working some where else. Now i recently moved back to my birth place which is new york. How to i renew my cna license? I really need the free training. Carmen can you please help me. I have no income right now. I read your letter and felt that there is some hope for me to get the ball started on my situation. I would like to further my education to LPN but first i need to get my CNA license active. Thank you for any help that you can give me.

  23. Ruthie February 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    Thank you Carmen so much I called the school and it’s the cheapest I’ve found. God bless your heart. If you know if any place that they are hiring please let me know.

  24. Admin May 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    They stopped training a long time ago. try the opportunities listed above.

  25. W.W. June 26, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    I know of an educational opportunity center in Yonkers, offering free training in all facets of the health-care profession – HHA to CNA. Their basic qualifications are: GED and one year residential status in the Westchester County/Yonkers/New York State.

    The address of the center is 26 South Broadway, Yonkers. It is directly in the business hub – Getty Square.

    Try it out if you fall within the afore-mentioned criteria.

    Good luck

  26. Admin June 26, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    Thanks for the heads up :)

  27. ViccyC June 17, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    This was so awesome of you.
    I searched and came upon an old site,where there was no more info and got so down and disappointed.
    Yet I kept searching with the same institute, and voila! I came across a new site with the same institute; new phone numbers etc.

    Once you meet the income, residency, and education requirements you are set to go.
    I wish and pray for more program like these without the education requirement, especially in such struggling economic times when even with a grad degree you are suffering.
    I am so grateful for this site. Thank you guys!

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