Free CNA Training in Wisconsin

If you are looking for an entry-level healthcare opportunity where you can provide basic care services for patients, you might be considering a job as a CNA.  You can become a CNA by completing a state approved training program and passing the CNA certification test.  There are even ways to find free cna training. We have compiled a list of options below:

Many healthcare providers are in need of quality and compassionate certified nursing assistants.  You can contact local long-term care and continuing care communities to inquire about any available training courses.  The same is true of many rehabilitation centers and even some hospitals.

If you served in the military or were a member of the reserves, contact your benefits administrator to determine if you can access tuition assistance for training as a certified nursing assistant.  You might be able to receive the financial help necessary to cover the cost of training at a state certified nursing assistant program in Wisconsin.  If all of your tuition and fees are covered, your cna training will be free.

It is sometimes possible to find free CNA training classes online.  If you find a program that is approved for your state, you can use these classes as the starting point for your nursing assistant career.  However, you will need to complete some clinical instruction hours offline.  Depending on the structure of the online program, you might need to pay a fee for this portion of your training.

By taking your time to look into multiple nursing assistant training options, you are likely to find free  training opportunities.

Direct Free Training Opportunities

Wisconsin Job Corps
There are two Job corps centers in Wisconsin. They are located in Blackwell and Milwaukee. Both offer free of cost nursing assistant training to qualifying students. One advantage of working at the Job corps is that you get a living allowance as well as accommodation. If you’re running out of other options in getting a worthwhile career, you might want to give the Job Corps a go. It was set up to aid workers who have not been able to complete their GED and help them get vocational training to become worthwhile members of the workforce.

Workforce Advantage
If you’ve been unemployed for a while and are too old for the Job Corps, you might want to visit your local Workforce advantage office in Wisconsin to see if you qualify for free retraining. The United States Govt hates it when people are unemployed and has set in place many programs that make vocational training easily accessible and in some cases(if you qualify) even free!. For a list of local workforce offices, check out

Nursing Related Scholarships in Wisconsincnanotes2

State of Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board – Academic Excellence Scholarship

The Academic Excellence Scholarship is  awarded to high school seniors with the highest GPA in each public and private high school throughout the state. The amount awarded is $2250 and must be used towards tuition. In order to qualify, the applicant must be enrolled on a full-time basis at a participating University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College or an independent institution in the state.

State of Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board – The State of Wisconsin Nursing Student Loan Program

The State of Wisconsin Nursing Student Loan Program provides educational loans to students enrolled in an LPN or RN program. The loan can range from $250 – $3000 per year. In order to qualify for the loan, the applicant must:

  • Be a resident of Wisconsin
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be enrolled at least part-time in a nursing program
  • Be enrolled in a participating University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College or an independent institution in the state
  • Agree to work full-time as a nurse in Wisconsin upon graduation- for every two years worked 25% of the loan will be forgiven. The maximum forgivable amount is 50% of the amount borrowed

Wisconsin American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship – Past Presidents Parley

The Past Presidents Parley Scholarship is awarded to students pursing a creed in healthcare. Two scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1000. In order to qualify, the applicant must:

  • Be a son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, grandchild, wife or widow of a veteran
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Be a resident of Wisconsin

Make sure and complete the entire application and submit all requested documents by the deadline date.

Institutions That May Help

Madison Area Technical Community College

1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI 53704

The community college is one of the schools participating in educational/training benefits through the Workforce Investment Act Programs of Wisconsin.   There are generally more than 40,000 students each year who take one or more classes at the college which serves more than a dozen counties.

FoodShare Employment & Training Program

MDPU, PO Box 05676, Milwaukee WI 53205

This program is for individuals and the adults of households of families receiving food stamp benefits. Applications for services can be taken at local income agencies.

Multicultural Community Services

5161 N Hopkins St , Milwaukee, WI 53209

This organization has been offering services to help families facing significant obstacles and income barriers.  Services have been available for over forty years now.

Veterans Employment Assistance

Fox Cities, WDC. 1802 Appleton Rd, Menasha, WI 54952

There are programs to help Veterans who wish to get to work in the civil employment market.

UMOS of Wisconsin

3733 Dewey Street, Manitowoc, WI – 54221

They help to administer an assortment of state programs to provide free job training and other training options for those in need.  For example, they provide training and other employment assistance through the Wisconsin Works (W2) program.  This program helps parents with custodial custody of their children who are lacking in having a good income.

Milwaukee Area Technical College

700 W State St, Milwaukee, WI 53233

The Community College is able to help those who are receiving WIA educational vouchers and job training assistance.  They are a state approved WIA provider with various career training options.  This school has scheduling to meet a range of student needs and with evening and weekend classes, even works well for students with a family.

Nursing homes in Wisconsin that might offer free CNA Training.

Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. This is a list of some of the more well run nursing homes in Wisconsin. Find one near you and approach them if they have an active CNA vacancy. It is common for facilities to hire you as a trainee.

Baldwin Care Center Inc – 640 Elm St   Baldwin, Wisconsin 54002

Barron Memorial Med Ctr Snf – 1222 E Woodland Ave   Barron, Wisconsin 54812

Beaver Dam Care Center – 410 Roedl Ct   Beaver Dam, Wisconsin 53916

Becker Shoop Center – 6101 16th Street   Racine, Wisconsin 53406

Christian Community Home – 1320 Wisconsin St   Hudson, Wisconsin 54016

Christian Home – 331 Bly St   Waupun, Wisconsin 53963

Christopher East Health/R – 1132 E Knapp St   Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

City View Nursing Home – 3030 City View Drive   Madison, Wisconsin 53704

Clairemont Nursing & Rehab – 2120 Heights Dr   Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701

Dallas Health Care Center – 104 Dallas St East Box 165   Dallas, Wisconsin 54733

Divine Savior Healthcare Inc – 715 W Pleasant St   Portage, Wisconsin 53901

Door County Memorial Hospital – 323 South 18th Avenue   Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

Fair View Home – 1050 Division Street   Mauston, Wisconsin 53948

Fairchild Health Care Ctr Inc – 331 North St Po Box 99   Fairchild, Wisconsin 54741

Fairhaven Retirement Community – 435 Starin Road   Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190

Fall Creek Valley Care Center – 344 Lincoln Avenue P O Box 398   Fall Creek, Wisconsin 54742

Family Heritage Care Center – 1311 Tyler St   Black River Falls, Wisconsin 54615

Family Heritage Medical Rehab – 130 Strawberry Ln   Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494

Lafayette Manor – 719 E Catherine Street Box 167   Darlington, Wisconsin 53530

Lakeside Nursing & Rehab – 7490 156th Street   Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 54729

Lakeview Health Center – 902 E Garland Street   West Salem, Wisconsin 54669

Lakeview Manor – E5406 County Trunk Aa   Weyauwega, Wisconsin 54983

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15 Responses to Free CNA Training in Wisconsin

  1. Shaneka Green May 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Hi my name is Shaneka Greenand I wanted to know if you can send me some information about CNA training, It is really something that I have been wanting to do but because I am in school in and a mother of two, I just could not afford it. I am currently receiving w2 and Maximus doesn’t offer the CNA training anymore because of low funding, so if you could please give me a call or an email asap I would really appreciate it, thanks a lot. My number is (removed)

  2. Tawanda hale April 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    Hello my name is Tawanda hale and I’m currently receiving w 2. I have ask several people about the cna nd cbrf training that they offer one minute they say the have it and the next minute they say, the fines, are low .I’m currently taking care of my 53 year old father part time not enough 2 paid my bills. I am very interested in this field I would appreciate some free information for cna class.

  3. Santaleen Reed June 29, 2012 at 12:57 am #

    Hi my name is Santaleen Reed and i wanted to know if you can send me some information about CNA training, It is something that i really wanted to do for a long time. I don’t have the money to pay for training, but i am willing to work at a place after or during the training. I have my medical assistance degree. At the time when i had finish school i already had a good paying job and when i lost the job a couple of years later, no one would hire me in my field cause you needed 6 months to a year experience. Right now i do home care part time and also helping take care of my mother, so if you could please give me a call or an e-mail asap I would really appreciate it and thanks a lot. My cell number is (hidden) and my home is (hidden) again thanks for taking the time out to read my email.

  4. Chantana Green July 27, 2012 at 4:46 am #

    Hi, my name is Chantana Green in i wanted to known if u can send me some info. about CNA,CBRF or Caregiver Classes.I was looking for a place where they will work in train ate same time

  5. josephine anderson November 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    I was wondering if you could send me information on classes. I’m a mother of three I have lost my job as a cook due to lack of hours. I have worked in nursing homes for three years and would like to better my future. Thank you

  6. Celestine Fulsom December 15, 2012 at 2:50 am #

    Hi my name is Celestine Fulsom, I was wondering if you could send me some info on CNA training. Years ago I took the course and pass it, but did not presue or took advantage of this, because I was offered a supervisor position in Environmental service. Now that I’m laid off from this position I would like to go back in this field. My certificate has expired and I need to take this course all over again. I love working and helping others its always been my dream to work in the nursing field.

  7. Cheryl January 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Hi, my name is Cheryl, and I am very interested in becoming a CNA. However, due to financial circumstances, I am unable to afford to take these classes. I am a passionate, dedication individual with a genuine sincerity to help others. In addition, I have excellent communication skills to relate with different personalities day in and day out to accomplish tedious tasks. Also, I am willing to further my education to better myself and the facility in-which I work for. Thank you in advance for your time. Please contact via e-mail if you are interested.



  8. Abby January 24, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    Hello, my name is Abby and I’am going to become a CNA at WCTC> And I also wanna know the information please tell me. I wanna know more about this. Thankyou so much

  9. shayla mcgowan February 13, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    Hello! My name is Shayla. I am interested in becoming a CNA but I cant afford to enroll in the classes. I would like to recieve additional information on CNA or low cost courses available in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Thank you for your time and consideration.

  10. Jasmine colson March 20, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    I would like to know more about the cna classes

  11. Brianna June 6, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    Hi, My name is Brianna, and I am very interested in becoming a CNA. I don’t want to make it a career want a career in the science field. But I’m still in High school =/ Are there places that I can take CNA training ? Maybe even free?

    • Mary June 18, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

      Hi Brianna! I’m in a very similar situation to you, I am now a certified nursing assistant who is not pursuing it as a lifetime career but as a transition to another career in the health care field. There are definitely places for highschoolers to pursue cna training, as I did the summer between my junior and senior year in highschool. I would say try looking online for local programs. Also, I did get the training for free through a special program in my school district. Try talking to your school counselors and see if they have any special oppurtunities like that or at the very least they can help you find a local training program for becoming a cna. Good luck in your endeavors!!

  12. greg bates June 10, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    I would like to know where I can go in Milwaukee Wi for free CNA training and maybe be able to get hired at a company while in training.

  13. cassandra June 12, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    I am a single mother of six children and I really like helping others,medical field has always been something I can get into I’ve tried going to school and numerous of times to be a failure when I know I have the potential so this would be the only way to get in the field is starting with cna and working up the ladder if possible I need your help with any information I can use about cbrf training and can classes for a low cost or even Free training

  14. Angela Islas May 14, 2022 at 1:01 am #

    Good evening,

    I am looking for an organization that trains and certifies CNAs. I enrolled at Herzing University in the LPN/DPN program which is set to begin on 7/9/2022.

    A little background, beginning in high school, I worked in a nursing home as a Dietary Aide. I enrolled at Bryant and Stratton College around 1995 in Medical Assisting but then family issues occurred and I was not able to complete the program. In 1990, I became a Certified Pharmacy Technician through Walgreens and worked as a Pharmacy Technician until 2002. I worked at Walgreens and then worked at Team care/Neighborcare Pharmacy mainly automed for CBRF and other nursing home facilities. In 2002, I worked at Froedtert Memorial Hospital as a Receptionist in the Nephrology/Transplant Clinic. I left there in 2004. My healthcare experience then picked up again in 2006 when I worked at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Bad Debt Scheduling/Pre-Cert/Insurance as a Customer Service Rep II. From there I took a break from the healthcare field and went to college to obtain my Associate in Business Management/Human Resource Management.

    My father passed in 2020 and I did most of his care. He had a trech and G-tube. I fed and provided his medications through the G-tube and suctioned his trech when needed. At the end of his home hospice, I took over 100% of his care, cleaning him, suctioning, medication, and hygiene. Because he was always my mentor and light, I decided it was time for me to go to school and be a nurse. I decided just recently, that it’s time and enrolled at Herzing where I will obtain my LPN and work to retire in a position I feel I was always destined to be in. My passion for human life and health will make me an exceptional addition to any facility.

    Please contact me should you have anything available that I can pursue to gain experience and practice in the nursing field to help my success in my education.

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