Free CNA Training via State Nursing Boards

Each state has a State Board of Nursing that is responsible for overseeing nurses and nursing careers throughout the state.  In most cases, anyone who wants to work as a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, or certified nursing assistant must register and maintain their license through the State Board of Nursing.  No one understands the shortage of certified nursing assistants better than the members of the State Board of Nursing, and they have begun offering free CNA classes to individuals who want to become certified nursing assistants.

In all states, you may want to begin your search for a certified nursing assistant training program by contacting the State Board of Nursing.  The State Board of Nursing will have a comprehensive list of approved and accredited programs where you can complete your certified nursing assistant training.  The State Board of Nursing is also a great resource for finding programs which can help you pay for your training.  These programs include scholarships provided by private groups, universities, and colleges, grants given by the state and federal government, and training and employment programs offered by different agencies in your area.  The State Board of Nursing may also be able to direct you to employers who are willing to pay for your training in exchange for your agreement to work for them for a certain amount of time.  In other cases, hospitals (particularly those in large urban areas) will provide free certified nursing assistant training within the hospital itself.  All of these options are great ways to help you become a certified nursing assistant without the worries of tuition and student loans to repay. We have some great state specific articles, particularly on free CNA classes in California and Free CNA training in Tennessee

The State Board of Nursing is generally funded by fees collected from nurses and facilities throughout the state.  The State Board of Nursing can also offer other ways for you to receive your training for free.  In some states, you can petition the State Board of Nursing regarding their scholarship or tuition fee waiver programs designed to help you get the training you need for free.  The best way to find out as much as you can about these programs is to contact your State Board of Nursing and try to make an appointment with someone who can tell you more about the waiver program.  Keep in mind that for most programs, you will need to be able to prove that you are not able to afford training to become a certified nursing assistant without financial assistance to pay for tuition.  In some cases, the State Board of Nursing will also receive money from the federal government which is earmarked for training.  Many State Boards of Nursing choose to use this money to create grants and scholarships that will pay for you to complete training as a certified nursing assistant.

Becoming a certified nursing assistant is a rewarding career that is seeing unprecedented job growth.  Once you are able to complete your training as a certified nursing assistant, you will find that there are a large number of jobs available to you work nearly anywhere in the country.  Certified nursing assistants work in nursing homes, skilled living facilities, assisted living facilities, schools, daycares, doctors offices, hospitals, correctional institutions, health departments, clinics, and a wide variety of other settings.  Becoming a certified nursing assistant is the first step in a promising nursing career.

17 Responses to Free CNA Training via State Nursing Boards

  1. Jeanette January 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    I would like to thank you for your well detailed information on becoming a CNA! This is amazing to me…When one door closes…two more are opening!
    I am a licensed Pharmacy technician in two other states, other then where I am residing in at the moment…Came to realize that this is not my calling…my path I need to be taking in this lifetime….I have been a caregiver for almost a year…A love I do without receiving pay! Recently I have been encountered with a family member who is suffering with Alzheimer…and it is at the last stages..This family member has opened my eyes to the possibilities I can offer to people who are close to passing on! So my career choice is to become a Hospice eventually..and to start my passion, I am beginning it with becoming a CNA! When it is meant to be..there are no struggles in becoming…And your guidance and wisdom has made that possible…Thank you again…
    Sincerely, Jeanette

    • Admin February 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

      Thank you for the kind words. Glad to have made a difference. Best of luck with your future endeavors. with an attitude like this I’m confident you’ll succeed.

  2. ALEXA January 29, 2011 at 11:04 pm #


  3. sarah February 11, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Hi i`m Sarah i want to do the CNA training is it free i want to start straight away

    • Admin February 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

      Hi Sarah, Depending on which state you live in.. you might want to look at the specific state page to see what free CNA training opportunities are available.

  4. Sirjana September 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    Hi I am sirjana i want to do CNA training classes and i am looking for free classes .. is it possible? I live here in DC 1500 Mass Ave 20005 .

  5. BJ Banks September 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    I looked at your list of cities and states that offers [free CNA training] and I didn’t see any in the Denver/Aurora Colorado area. The red cross has bypassed these cities and even places like Washington DC. I need a list of [local] places other than the “job corp.” If the problem is a lack of red cross volunteers, please let me know. Our young people need training so that they can become self reliant.


  6. Michelle February 3, 2012 at 1:37 am #

    I would like to get my CNAs somewhere in Harrisonburg,VA,the local Tech. school would be my best option as I am expecting my first child in 4months, however they do not except federal funding. I’ve tried locating employers that offer it with no luck…any advice?I am currently unemployed so working some where to learn isn’t a problem….

    PS this is a great field to get into…as a career or the start to one!

  7. Kristina February 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Hi I am Kristina, I have been in the US Active Army since 07′. I recieved my CNA in Maine in 06′. Since I have been in the US Army I have not used my CNA. I would like to get recertified but not sure what steps I need to take since it has been so long. I am now staying in the state of GA where I would like to stay. Do I need to take the whole class over now that I am in a different state?

  8. Susan May 23, 2012 at 1:44 am #

    I am looking into training to become a CNA. I have had more than three years as working with the elderly and feel that this is something I was born to do. My mother was a RN in London for over thirty years and I have watched the way she always cared for her patients and how loved she always made them feel. Now that I am much older and have been involved with the care of the elderly I am very interested in gaining the training and experience in making a career as first a CNA and possibly moving into the nursing side of this. I haven’t been in a learning environment since I left college in 2004 so I am a little nervous to start learning at this late time of my life.

  9. LeighAnn Loftis June 7, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    I was a certified CNA in South Carolina and worked in a nursing home for 8 years. I was let go from the nursing home and shortly after my license expired. I just recently moved back to Texas and wanted to know how and if its possible to get re-certified here in Texas.

  10. Sharon McGill July 3, 2012 at 1:52 am #

    I would like to get some information on where I can get free CNA training in Louisiana, I worked as a caregiver at a retirement home at one time and I would like to have my CNA training to futher my education and to find a great job,but I am not able to pay a big student loan back to a school. Can you please send me some information on how to get started.

    Thank You

  11. margaret ward August 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    I need to get my cna training, can you help me?

  12. Dawn November 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    I was a CNA a few years ago i let my cert.lapse i wanted to get my CNA back does anyone know of any free class in NJ?

  13. Kokpar B. Wohwoh January 16, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    Dear All,

    I am looking for a work for education (CNA) training opportunities . Can anyone help me. I live in Kansas City , Mo 64153. I will offer service as approved by the sponsored organization arrangement.

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