Free CNA Training in Georgia

On average, certified nursing assistants earn about $14 an hour per hour.  Some CNA training programs in Georgia also offer phlebotomy and EKG training.  Students receiving additional training have more job opportunities and the ability to earn a higher income.  Read below for a list of free training options in Georgia:

1) The state of Georgia sometimes offers scholarships and grants for individuals who wish to pursue training as a certified nursing assistant.  Contact the Board of Nursing in Georgia to learn about potential options that might be available to you to receive your CNA training for no cost.  You should apply for any programs or financial options available to you in order to try to cover the cost of your nursing assistant training. Find out more about how this works in our article on Free Training Through Scholarships and Grants


2) Consider working for a nursing care facility for awhile in order to receive cna training.  Many facilities will actually pay for you to receive training and then require you to work for them for a previously agreed upon number of months.  This is a good way to start out your CNA career and to gain the necessary training and experience that you need.

3) You might be able to receive reimbursement of money you spent on CNA training if you were certified within the last year.  Many healthcare providers will actually reimburse you for training and expenses upon hiring you.  In fact, most Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing facilities are required to do so.  Maintain careful records of your training tuition and fees.

Direct Free Training Opportunities

Paid Training – Paulding Hospital
Not only is your training for free, you get paid an hourly rate while being trained at one of the finest hospitals in Georgia. There are 5 positions available for this training program and a certain number of rules and restrictions that need to be abided by for you to qualify. Permanent employment depends on whether there are any open positions. The training is conducted for 17 weeks and includes hands on experiences that will leave you well prepared for life as a CNA. More details and application process:
This listing is for a hospital located in Marietta, GA and shifts will be i the evening.

Covenant CNA School
1 Baltimore PL NW Suite 401 Atlanta, GA 30308
They have an application process specifically for those who wish to go through the WIA route. Depending on your household income and employment status, you might be eligible to receive government funding for your training. You will need to undergo a background  check and inquire with their admission adviser before you are accepted into the program.
If you’re in high school and are under the age of 18 you may qualify for the WIA funding through its youth program. Inquire at a one stop career center in your city to find out if you’re eligible.
The contact details for Covenant CNA school are as follows:  Phone: 404-733-5491

Grants for Military Wives
A few training centers such as Atlanta Career Institute help you with the procedure to attain a grant if your spouse is in active military service. Sounds like a good way to get a scholarship if you qualify. You can also ask your local military office for more details.

Low Cost Training Programs

These aren’t free but they’re pretty darn close.

Cherokee Angel Senior Care and Training Center
326 Heights Place, Canton, GA
Their training program is quite short relative to other programs offered in Universities in Georgia. It lasts for just 4 weeks and costs $650 in tuition fees. You can call them on 678 880 0884 for more info. They also offer HHA and caregiver training for an even lesser fee.

New Beginning Training Center
3895 Church Street, Room 310, Clarkston, Georgia 30021
Their training program lasts for 6 weeks and costs $575 in tuition. You can call them on 404-856-0679 for more info. They offer a further $75 discount if you pay your fees at once.

New Beginnings provides a CNA Training Course that prepares students not only to pass the certification exam but also to have a long-term career working as a nursing assistant. The training course is very well priced and the fees are worth all that the students learn and how well they will be prepared for their certification requirements. Prior students commend the school for their high level of professionalism when working with their students.  It seems they are considered to offer some of the highest level of professionalism seen in career training schools in the area. Some students commend Ms. Holmes in particular for teaching students even the trickiest core information and nursing aide skills with much success.  She is always willing to answer student questions to the best of her ability even when a student is worrying their question is silly.  They say she makes it fun to learn even when concepts may not seem exciting or may take some extra time and attention to pick up on and then to utilize in the CNA care setting.

Ms. Holmes is always doing what she can to help students become the best possible CNA they can be. That being said, Ms. Holmes will talk to a student if they feel they are not best suited to work as a nursing assistant or if she feels they need to learn more or gain more experience before working directly (even for their clinical study portion) with students.  She is known for wanting the best for not only her students but also for future patients those students will be caring for someday. Ms Rachel is another teacher who students remember well as they say she always had a positive attitude and worked hard to make sure every student learned everything needed.  They said she was always willing to help a student if they were struggling academic or otherwise and always did what she could to make sure they could successfully complete the program.

One student even commented that they were struggling to keep up with their payments for the class.  They were worried they would not be able to complete their training.  But the school helped the student so they would not need to drop out and they were able to graduate and obtain their nursing assistant certification. Students like these are forever grateful to the positive, professional and caring teachers and staff at New Beginnings.

Vocational Nursing Scholarships in GAcnanotes2

National Association Of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) – Nursing Scholarship
The National Association of Hispanic Nurses Scholarship is awarded to Hispanic applicants who demonstrate a commitment to the nursing profession and have the potential to act as role models for other students wanting to start a career in nursing. We’re not sure CNA training is one of the pathways allowed in this scholarship, its still worth it exploring this option if you’re okay with any kind of career in nursing.


Q: I’ve contacted one of the nursing homes above(below) and they offered to train me for free if I signed a contract to work there for at least 12 months. I understand their reasoning but I just wanted to make sure it was a good idea. They will prepare me by giving me on the job clinical training and will help me with the theory part as well. I will then need to have a state test done. I will also be paid while i am trained which is amazing. Is it a good idea to sign a contract in this case?

A: As you’ve stated, they’re simply protecting their investment. If they spend money to train you they expect you to work for them. Very rarely will you get free nurse aide training without a catch. We feel you should go for it but as always make sure you consult someone who’s knowledgeable with contracts to make sure you are able to leave should there be an issue.

Nursing homes in Georgia that might give CNA training for free

Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. Those with active vacancies are more likely to hire trainees and provide training. Make sure you contact only those with a vacancy and see if they would be willing to hire you as a trainee. 

Beverly Healthcare – Tifton – 1451 Newton Drive   Tifton, Georgia 31794
(229) 382-1665

Beverly Healthcare Decatur – 2787 North Decatur Road   Decatur, Georgia 30033
(404) 292-0626

Beverly Healthcare-Northside – 5470 Meridian Mark Road   Atlanta, Georgia 30342
(404) 256-5131

Beverly Healthcare-Windermere – 3618 J Dewey Gray Circle   Augusta, Georgia 30909
(706) 860-7572

Beverly Health & Rehab Ctr-Jesup – 1090 W Orange St   Jesup, Georgia 31545
(912) 427-6858

Blue Ridge Health Care Inc – 99 Ouida Street   Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513
(706) 632-2271

Friendship Health & Rehab Ctr – 161 Friendship Road   Cleveland, Georgia 30528
(706) 865-3131

Georgia Baptist Meriwether Nh – 5995 Spring Street   Warm Springs, Georgia 31830
(706) 655-3331

Gibson Health & Rehab Center – 434 Beall Springs Road   Gibson, Georgia 30810
(706) 598-3201

Gilmer Nursing Home – 1362 South Main Street   Ellijay, Georgia 30540
(706) 635-7881

Glendale Nursing Home – 10200 U.S. Hwy 1 South   Wadley, Georgia 30477
(478) 252-5254

Glenn-Mor Nursing Home – 10629 U.S. Highway 19 South   Thomasville, Georgia 31792
(229) 226-8942

Glenvue Nursing Home – 721 North Main Street   Glennville, Georgia 30427
(912) 654-2138

Pineview Health Care Center In – 402 E. Bay St   Pineview, Georgia 31071
(229) 624-2437

Pinewood Manor – Columbus Highway   Hawkinsville, Georgia 31036
(912) 892-9171

Pinewood Nursing Center – 433 North Mcgriff Street   Whigham, Georgia 31797
(229) 762-4121

Pleasant View Nursing Center – 475 Washington Avenue   Metter, Georgia 30439
(912) 685-2168

Presbyterian Village – 2000 East-West Connector   Austell, Georgia 30106
(770) 819-7000

Westview Nursing & Rehabilitation Cent – 1000 Dorset Road   Port Wentworth, Georgia 31407
(912) 964-1515

Westwood Nursing Center – 101 Stockyard Road   Statesboro, Georgia 30458
(912) 764-6005

Resolved Questions:

I work in Arkansas as a HHA. I need to get free CNA classes in Arkansas to I can get certified as a CNA and get better pay.

I’ve been looking for nursing homes in Alabama that may offer CNA training. Can you help me find them?

I recently lost my job due to the recession. I’ve been looking at becoming a CNA but I can’t afford the training fees. Is there a way to get low cost CNA classes in Florida?


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22 Responses to Free CNA Training in Georgia

  1. Belinda October 6, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    I live in Madison FL. The tallahassee area i was wondering if there were any places that do free or cheap CNA classes

    • Admin October 7, 2010 at 10:02 pm #

      Have you tried approaching a nursing home in that area? Perhaps they might emply you and pay for your certification. Alot of nursing homes do that.

  2. stephanie March 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    hey my name is stephanie i live in ga atl i want to know how to apply for the free cna trainning please, i m african from Cameroon

    • Admin April 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

      Hi stephanie,

      Have you tried contacting any of the centers above to see if they have active CNA vacancies?

  3. Bekki May 27, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    Are there any Red Cross agencies in Georgia who assist with CNA training?

    • Admin June 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

      It is very difficult to get free training from Red Cross Agencies. You can see a list of centers at

    • wynne scott November 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      Call 1800-red cross. They will ask for your email address and send you. The information.

    • wynne scott December 2, 2012 at 7:38 am #

      Yes the red cross provided can training. But they charge 794.00 with a coupon code. Without the code its 1,000.00.

  4. regina August 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    I am a stay at home wanting to do more for my kids. want to become a CNA but unable to afford the classes, is there anyone who offers this training? please id love to know.

  5. Sophia November 2, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    I was wondering if there are any no cost cna training opportunities in exchange for working around the Macon or Warner Robins, GA area? Just to get an idea. I’m getting my BS in pre-med Biology in December and before going to graduate school, I’m taking a year or so off to earn money and gain direct patient care experience.

    Thank you for the help!

  6. krystle June 7, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    i just moved to stockbridge ga and i was wondering where can i go for cna training here in ga

  7. Renata July 25, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    Hi Sophia , I was wondering if you found any programs or nursing homes that will pay for you to go to CNA school?

  8. Lawanda Conyers October 6, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    I would like cna training. I’m employed but don’t make much money. I need some information to start training. i live in Atlanta,Ga

  9. azzie mcknight October 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    i wannt to know is there any places that teaches you cna while you work for them in rome ga or some where close by

  10. andy December 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    Hi, I went to Covenant which is 3 weeks in class and 1 week clinical at a nursing home. I would say that it was 4 weeks but really it’s a 5 week program because you need to learn the rest of the skills in order to pass the state exam. I did it and passed. Don’t get dragged into the “Oh, we can help you get into Emory Hospital.” They never pick up the phone but you will pass the exam. Anyhoo, tuition costs like TB test cpr and first aide totaled to about 800$. Go for the WIA grant. It will help. Getting free classes is kind of hard if you don’t know where to start. Go to your workforce office. I live in Dekalb County so i went to the Dekalb Workforce. Red Cross will only teach you CPR and First Aide. So, good luck with Covenant CNA. They are a great school. All of the mentors and administrators are from the Military. I passed. I will start working at Emory Hospital Midtown January 7 2013. How did i get in? I worked with someone at a retail store who works for emory now and he helped me get an interview. Really, you have to knw someone before you can even think of getting an interview at a hospital. Try job agencies. there are a lot in Georgia. Good luck!

    • Admin December 16, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

      Thank you Andy! We really appreciate the insightful comments. This is helping a lot of our readers 🙂

  11. Zella January 31, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    Hello I a a soon to be cna and I was wondering what are the chances of me being able to work in a really good hospital setting immediately after I graduate from my program?

  12. Martha May 6, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    I want to work in the medical field, I’m reallY concered about getting certifield, because I was charged with a felony, over 30 years ago. I served 7years for the crime, but no one want to hire me, even if they say, your past record dosen’t matter. when I fill out the application, I never hear from them again. Will this affect my becoming a CNA?

  13. Felicia May 9, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    I was thinking about moving to Conyers, Georgia and looking for a nursing assistant job close by.I used to be certified from 1999- 2009 but believe my certificate has expired since I hadn’t worked in a nursing home for about 4 years . I was trying to see if i can get some help .If anyone can be of assistance please email me on (removed) or comment below.

  14. Cloe September 27, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    Hi I was wondering if any of the facilities above particularly the one in Austell offer payment as I train with them?

  15. getrude November 16, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    i was wondering if there were any places that do free or cheap CNA classes,I am an african from nigeria.

  16. Ashley Williams January 27, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

    in looking for nursing homes that will train me to become a CNA i would like to start ASAP i live in Stockbridge Ga , or if any ones any low cost CNA classes that i can go to .

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