Free CNA Training in North Carolina

You can become a certified nursing assistant in North Carolina by attending a training class that has been approved by the state.  Then, you will need to take the state administered exam for certification.  There are a variety of options for your training including fast track programs in several cities as well as Red Cross Training Program.  To get trained for free, read the options available below:

The American Red Cross offers CNA training in North Carolina.  There is a fee for this training program.  However, sometimes individuals are able to receive grants from community program and organizations to complete training through the Red Cross.  If you receive a grant to cover the entire cost, you will have free cna training.

It is not uncommon to find some nursing assistant programs at technical schools and community colleges.  You should contact the financial aid department of any schools offering nursing assistant training.  It might be possible to apply for scholarships and even grants for some of those programs.  This is even more likely if the program grants you credit hours upon completion of the course.

Talk to the administrators of nursing assistant programs you are interested in attending.  They might be able to point you in the direction of programs you can apply for to cover the cost of your training.  Most states offer opportunities for individuals who are unemployed or underemployed to receive financial assistance with training programs.

Direct Training Opportunities

Kingston Residence of Hickory (Added June 2012)
They have a nursing assistant position that’s just opened up. You need to have a high school diploma or GED to qualify. The good thing is that you do not necessarily have to have the state CNA certification. You can get started as a trainee until you complete the state exam under their guidance. You must however pass and get your license in the time allocated by the state. For more details please visit

Low Cost Training
The state of NC has very lenient rules on how you qualify to do the exam. A lot of training centers run training that can be completed in a few days. As long as you revise properly you can easily pass the exam.
CNA Career Training in Charlotte, NC offers training for just $200 (weekend class) and $250 for the weekday classes. This includes the cost of materials such as stethoscope, blood pressure set as well as a 24 skills DVD set. To get more info and signup for this class please call 704-479-1262. The classes are held at 3623 Latrobe Drive Suite 229

Nursing Related Scholarships in North Carolina

North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority – Nurse Education Scholarship  – Loan Program (NESLP)

The (NESLP) loan forgiveness program is designed to repay your loan by working as a  nurse in North Carolina upon graduation. The applicant must work for one employer for six months as an LPN in North Carolina. In order to qualify, the applicant must:

  • Graduate from a program in which you received the scholarship for
  • Obtain licensure from the North Carolina Board of nursing
  • Secure a full-time position in a qualified facility

Make sure and submit all requested documents and completed application to SEAA.

Durham Technical Community College – Ralph “Butch” Holman Practical Nursing Scholarship

Durham Technical Community College has several scholarships available that are general and program specific. The Ralph “Butch” Holman Practical Nursing Scholarship was created in memory of  Ralph “Butch” Holman who graduated from the nursing program at Durham Tech. In order to qualify, the student must:

  • Be enrolled in the LPN program
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in the program and be enrolled for 9 or more credit hours

Preference is given to residents of North Carolina  and African-American male students.

Institutions That Can Help You

Mecklenburg Senior Center-Charolotte Location
3925 Willard Farrow Dr. Charlotte, NC 28215
The center offs services for those who are at least 55 years old.  The centers work to help individuals gain skills and experiences that will help them to achieve gainful employment.

Hope Haven-Charlotte
3815 N. Tryon St. Charlotte, NC 28206
Hope Haven is an organization providing hope for individuals who have had substance additctions.  They provide many different services to help men and women to stay substance free and to build a new life.  Among the services are free job training programs.

Goodwill Industries-Job Training
2122 Freedom Dr. Charlotte, NC 28208
The Goodwill Industries in Charolotte North Carolina offer training programs for constructions trades.   In addition job skills development for hospitality and for customer service jobs are offered.

NC Back-to-Work Program -Guilford Technical Community College
601 High Point Road, Jamestown, NC 27282
The program is for individuals who have been receiving unemployment benefits for 6 months or more.  This program can also help those who have no more unemployment benefits and who have not been able to find employment.  There are colleges and training facilities throughout the state participating in this program such as GTCC.

New Beginnings Employment Training
700 N. Tryon St. Charlotte, NC – 28202
This is a special program to help adults who were homemakers and who no have found that they are not employed and no longer receiving an income from a spouse (or other individual or organization).  So it is essentially a program for displaced homemakers.

Nursing homes in North Carolina that might be offering CNA training for free

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. Those with active CNA vacancies are your best bet! 

Black Mountain Ctr Alzheimers – 932 Old Us 70 Highway   Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711

Bladen County Hospital Snf – 501 Poplar Street Box 398   Elizabethtown, North Carolina 28337

Blowing Rock Hospital Ltc – Po Box 148 Chestnut Dr   Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605

Blue Ridge Health Care Center – 3830 Blue Ridge Road   Raleigh, North Carolina 27612

Britthaven Of Havelock – 110 Mccotter Blvd   Havelock, North Carolina 28532

Britthaven Of Henderson – 1245 Park Ave   Henderson, North Carolina 27536

Britthaven Of Jacksonville – 225 White St   Jacksonville, North Carolina 28546

Britthaven Of Kernersville – 728 Piney Grove Rd   Kernersville, North Carolina 27284

Conover Nursing And Rehab Ctr – 920 4th Street Sw   Conover, North Carolina 28613

Convalescent Center Of Halifax – 101 Caroline Avenue Box 432   Weldon, North Carolina 27890

Convalescent Center Of Lee Co – 714 Westover Drive P O Box 1436   Sanford, North Carolina 27330

Golden Years Nh – 7348 North West Street   Falcon, North Carolina 28342

Grace Heights – 109 Foothills Drive   Morganton, North Carolina 28655

Graybrier Nurs & Retirement Ct – 116 Lane Dr   Trinity, North Carolina 27370

Greenfield Place – 2575 W 5th St   Greenville, North Carolina 27834

Guardian Care Of Ahoskie – 604 Stokes St East   Ahoskie, North Carolina 27910

Lutheran Home – Hickory West – 1125 10 St Blvd Nw   Hickory, North Carolina 28601

Lutheran Home – Winston Salem – 5350 Old Walkertown Road   Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27105

Lutheran Home At Trinity Oaks – 820 Klumac Rd Box 1310   Salisbury, North Carolina 28144

Lutheran Home-Albemarle – 24724 Hwy 52 South   Albemarle, North Carolina 28001

Lutheran Nh Hickory Unit – 1265 21 St Ne   Hickory, North Carolina 28601

Madison Manor Nursing Center – 345 Manor Rd   Mars Hill, North Carolina 28754

Smithfield Manor Inc – 902 Berkshire Rd   Smithfield, North Carolina 27577

Snug Harbor On Nelson Bay – P O Box 150   Sealevel, North Carolina 28577

South Village – 2221 Raleigh Rd   Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27803

Southwood Nursing And Retireme – 180 Southwood Drive Box 708   Clinton, North Carolina 28328

Springwood Care Ctr Of Forsyth – 5755 Shattalon Dr Box 11907   Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27105

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10 Responses to Free CNA Training in North Carolina

  1. Jennifer August 31, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    i was trying to find a location in the raleigh area that offers free training that will offer right away work at completion of the cources thanks jennifer

  2. meria February 23, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    Hi can anyone give me some info on taking cnaclasses in nashville or Rocky mount north carolina

    • Sebrena Wilkerson April 8, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

      Hi Meria, My name is Sebrena, and I’m interested in take some CNA classes, but i live in the city of High Point, NC I don’t have a car to travel to the citys that is listed in NC. Kernsvillie, NC is the closes one to me. I was just wondering if I can possably take the CNA classes online? If so can you please let me know. Thank you for taken the time out to respond back to me. Sebrena

  3. Daniel May 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    I heard of a voucher that is through the tobacco industry you might call around the the local hospital, college or employment agency.

  4. Evette February 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    need class for recertification

  5. malissagordon February 22, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    just wondering if there are classes that can or could be taught or that are teaching classes in hendersonville nc and or henderson co nc.

  6. Amber Tummel May 2, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    I’ve called the places in winston salem and none of those nursing homes offered, they said they don’t pay for the classes you have to get certified to work there

  7. veronica August 5, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    Hi I’m 24 yrs old and my son is almost 2 months old. My sister in law said there is a way I can get my can training free while getting paid to work at a nursing home. I live in fayetteville nc can anyone give me info on this? Please.

  8. Ang March 7, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

    I had a false accusations against me in Ohio which is on my record. We just recently moved to Michigan will I be able to get my cna certificate here in Michigan?

  9. Chelsia Francis February 6, 2021 at 1:21 pm #

    Hello I am in the process of moving to Wilmington NC and recently learned that I cannot transfer my CNA license. I have 13 years experience working as a CNA ( several years in a hospital setting). I’m looking for any advice on what I should do. If I need to retake the course, does anyone recommend a low costly and short term course in the area? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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