Free CNA Training in Connecticut

If you have decided to train to become a certified nursing assistant in Connecticut, you might be looking for free cna training options.  There are opportunities to receive assistance in paying for fees associated with training courses from state approved CNA training programs. Here are a few free training options for Connecticut:

1) NAHCA: You should contact a local branch of the National Associated of Health Care Assistants and similar associations for entry-level healthcare providers.  Some of these associations offer scholarships to individuals who are looking to start a new career.  You can ask for assistance paying for nursing assistant training and can ask for referrals to other organizations that might be able to help.

2) Community Colleges: It is possible to earn up to about $34,000 annually as a CNA with a couple years of good experience under your belt.  It is worth the time it takes to locate good quality (sometimes even free) cna training options.  You should contact community colleges and technical schools in your area to find those offering nursing assistant training courses.  If you enter into these programs, you might receive enough financial aid to cover the cost of training.


3) Nursing Care Facilities: Free training is often offered to individuals who agree to work as a qualified CNA for healthcare facilities upon completion of their certification.  Many nursing care facilities, provide training programs for nursing assistants and also cover the cost of this training.  Do not be shy about calling around to nursing care facilities in your area and expressing your interest to become a certified nursing assistant.  Do not forget to contact long-term care facilities, continuing care communities and even home health agencies.

Direct Free Training Opportunities

Free Training from the Jewish Home For the Elderly
They are going to have free classes for qualified candidates starting on the 16th of April 2012.  You need to have a GED or high school diploma. To qualify, you need to prepare the following:
– 2 letters of recommendation  from people not related to you.
– A Letter that explains why the nursing home should hire you. (We believe this is a very important part of their selection process so make sure you write something really good that explains why you’d want to work as a CNA there and why you’d be an asset to their team)
– Note that if you do not end up completing their free program, as in if you quit in the middle without valid reason you will have to pay $1000 for the program. This is fair since they will invest time and money in training you and wouldn’t want you to leave halfway because you weren’t interested or something.
– A Completed application. You can download the form from (then click on the job posting link)

Send all of the above to: (before March 30th)
The Jewish Home for the Elderly
175 Jefferson Street
Fairfield, CT 06825

Low Cost Training

Wallingford Adult Education Center
37 Hall Ave, Wallingford, CT 06492, Phone: +1 203-294-3900
Costs for Nurse aide training in CT are on the higher side compared to other states. Most places charge almost $2,000 for the classes. Wallingford is one of a minority that charge just $875 which is very reasonable. The classes run for around 16 weeks and are extremely thorough. Classes in other states hardly cross 4 weeks. The cost of the state exam is part of the above cost.

Institutions That Could Help

CT STEM Training

CT STEM Jobs, 108 New Park Ave. Franklin, CT 06254

Vocational Rehabilitation Commission-Connecticut

First District Office, Hartford, CT 06105

If you’re currently unemployed as a result of a disability, they might be able to help you get retrained as a CNA to improve your chances of landing a job. Ideally, they will provide federal funds which will pay for a course of your choosing at a locally approved community college or training center.

Nursing homes in Delaware that might be offering free CNA training

Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. It is however common for nursing homes to employ you and then pay for your training at another facility.

Alexandria Manor – 55 Tunxis Ave   Bloomfield, Connecticut 06002
Phone: (860) 242-0703

Alzheimer’s Resource Center Of – 1261 South Main Street   Plantsville, Connecticut 06479
Phone: (860) 628-9000

Andrew House Healthcare – 66 Clinic Dr   New Britain, Connecticut 06051
Phone: (860) 225-8608

Ashlar Of Newtown Inc – Toddy Hill Road   Newtown, Connecticut 06470
Phone: (203) 426-5847

Astoria Park – 725 Park Ave   Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
Phone: (203) 366-3653

Atrium Plaza Health Care Ctr – 240 Winthrop Ave   New Haven, Connecticut 06511
Phone: (203) 789-0500

Avery Nursing Home – 705 New Britain Ave   Hartford, Connecticut 06106
Phone: (860) 527-4663

Avon Health Center – 652 West Avon Rd   Avon, Connecticut 06001
Phone: (860) 673-2521

Bayview Health Care Center – 301 Rope Ferry Road   Waterford, Connecticut 06385
Phone: (860) 444-1175

Clifton House Rehabilitation C – 181 Clifton St   New Haven, Connecticut 06513
Phone: (203) 897-8066

Clintonville Manor – 201 Clintonville Rd   North Haven, Connecticut 06473
Phone: (203) 239-8017

Cobalt Lodge Health Care & Reh – 29 Middle Haddam Rd   Cobalt, Connecticut 06414
Phone: (860) 267-9034

Coccomo Memorial Health Care Ctr – 33 Cone Ave   Meriden, Connecticut 06450
Phone: (203) 238-1606

Haven Health Ctr Of So Windsor – 1060 Main St   South Windsor, Connecticut 06074
Phone: (860) 289-7771

Haven Health Ctr Of W Hartford – 3432 Albany Ave   West Hartford, Connecticut 06117
Phone: (860) 236-3557

Haven Health Ctr Of Waterbury – 2817 N Main St   Waterbury, Connecticut 06704
Phone: (203) 757-0731

Haven Health Ctr Of Waterford – 171 Rope Ferry Rd   Waterford, Connecticut 06385
Phone: (860) 443-8357

Haven Health Ctr Of Windham – 595 Valley St   Willimantic, Connecticut 06226
Phone: (860) 450-7060

New Milford Nursing Home – 19 Poplar St   New Milford, Connecticut 06776
Phone: (860) 354-9365

Newington Healthcare Center – 240 Church St   Newington, Connecticut 06111
Phone: (860) 667-2256

Noble Horizons – 17 Cobble Rd   Salisbury, Connecticut 06068
Phone: (860) 435-9851

Northbridge Health Care Center – 2875 Main Street   Bridgeport, Connecticut 06606
Phone: (203) 336-0232


Q: My name is Zahra and I am 16 years old. I am very interested in getting my CNA certification. Ive been taking care of my parents (60 and 72) for a few years now. I give them their medication, cook for them, clean for them and take them for walks. I now understand that I am old enough to get my certification and would love to start working as soon as possible. However I cannot work anywhere far from Bridgeport CT as that is where my parents and I live, I would love a reply and hopefully it will be good news. Thank you for your time.

A: That’s a very young age to be taking care of your parents! You’re extremely mature for your age. You should ideally be in high school which is one of the easiest places to get free training from. Speak to your school counselor and see if your school offers evening vocational classes. If it does you might be eligible for free training since high school seniors almost always are. If this isn’t an option for you, the best lace is to visit nursing homes near you. The only problem though is that most are reluctant to hire under 18’s so you might get trained but won’t be able to work as easily till you’re 18. Best of luck!

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7 Responses to Free CNA Training in Connecticut

  1. melady burgos July 20, 2010 at 7:56 pm #

    im interested in taking a cna course for employment.

    • shelia shelton June 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

      I would very much love to work for a nursing facility because when i was living in new york this is the kind of work that i really liked to do working with all types of people that needed my help and companionship, and i really like working with the public. And i would very much like to continue doing this kind of work. But i will have to be retrained. thank you shelia shelton

  2. Shannon July 17, 2011 at 12:42 am #

    Hi. My name is Shannon. I live in CT and am very interested in taking a CNA course for employment. I’m looking for a place in the Milford/Orange/West Haven/Bridgeport area.

  3. Jennifer January 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    Hi, I am looking for a nursing home in FFLD county that offers CNA courses with employment. I have 6 years of elderly personal care experience.

  4. LaVerne March 26, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Hi, I am looking for CNA classes in the Vernon/Hartford CT area . I am unemployed with little to no income and so desperately want to go back to school. i have work with the elderly and disabled for over 14 yrs in transportation and lost my job. Now i want to pursue a new field in life still helping others.

  5. Alyssa April 2, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    Hi! my name is Alyssa. I have been living life as a fulltime nanny the past 4 years and am interested in expanding my care to the elderly. I am passionate about helping others in need. I am very interested in taking a CNA class for employment. I am able to travel and have lots of availability. thank you for whatever information you might provide me with!

    Alyssa L

  6. Nicola Muriel January 30, 2023 at 2:45 pm #

    Hey, My name is Nicola.. I have been living in the US for a while.. I am from Jamaica and I have been in the nursing facility (CNA) for years and I have worked at a hospital in Jamaica for 10 years , when I came to the US I realized that I have to do over all my courses and go to clasees to get a job.. I would really like to do CNA classes because I have been a CNA for 10 years which I stated earlier and my passion is to help people because my dad died in a hospital and I was not at that specific hospital to help him and his death took a strong impact on me and to make my dad proud I decided to keep helping and taking care of people by being a CNA until I can further my studies and career to being a RN(registered nurse)..

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