You have probably read or heard about the shortage of Certified Nursing Assistants in the United States, and are now ready to start your career in this rewarding and challenging field. How much more interested would you be if I told you that there were ways to receive your training for free? Well guess what, one of the best ways to receive your training without worrying about big tuition bills is by getting free CNA training classes through employment and training programs already offered by various agencies.
For those who are unemployed or underemployed, a great way to start finding free Certified Nursing Assistant training is to contact the Workforce center where you live. If you can prove to the Workforce Center that you cannot afford Certified Nursing Assistant training but would benefit from the career opportunities that such training would provide, the Workforce Center will often pay for all or most of the training. You can find your local Workforce Center online, but the best way to contact them is by making a visit to the center where you can talk to representatives face to face and get the information you need to get started.
Another program that you may not already know about is called the ‘Displaced Homemakers’ program. The program is designed for single parents, both male and female, who are looking for ways to better provide for themselves and their children. You will have to show that you do not have the financial means to afford training to become a Certified Nursing Assistant, and that this training would allow you to make more money in a skilled position. There are a limited number of spots available in these programs, so you will need to apply as soon as you are able to in order to get a spot. However, if you are accepted into this program, it is a great way to receive your training and move into a higher paying job as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Free Certified Nursing Assistant training programs are offered by state, local, and federal government agencies. The Office of Adult and Continuing Education is a great place to start, as this agency can not only offer programs that may pay for your training, they can lead you to employers and other agencies that will assist with tuition needs. If you are interested in joining the military after completing your training, you can look into ROTC scholarships that allow you to enter the military at a higher pay grade upon completing your training. This means that not only is your training paid for, you have a guaranteed job when you are done!
There are many other programs available which are designed to help you complete your training as a Certified Nursing Assistant. You can also contact your State Nursing Board for ideas, or talk to local colleges and universities to see if they have programs designed to offer training to those who could not otherwise afford it. Taking the time to earn your degree through and employment and training program will not only help you earn a higher salary and more job opportunities, it can help you start the most rewarding career you will ever have.