Where to Get Free CNA Classes

The best way to get free can classes, is to do on-the-job training. Many hospitals, old-age homes and frail-care facilities offer training, as long as you agree to work for them for a specified amount of time. This is stipulated in a formal work contract.

What Are Your Options?

If hospitals and care facilities do not have vacancies for staff, then they will probably offer free training, in exchange for your free labor. You won’t be working full-time for them, it will be more like helping out on a volunteer basis. Even though you won’t earn money, the experience and knowledge will count towards the requirements you need to get C N A certification.

If you are low on funds, you will probably want to restrict your hunt for suitable free CNA training to local hospitals, or to institutions that are easy to commute to. Depending on the circumstances in your area, the may not be any form of free training available.

In such a case, you should systematically go through the phonebook and find out which hospitals in your area offer local regional occupation programs. These programs aren’t free, as such, but are subsidized, and are more affordable than going to a nursing college.

Government Programs

In the United States, there a couple of government initiatives and programs aimed at providing job skills training, to ensure that people who have lost their jobs, can learn new skills or improve on their old ones. The Job Corp program is one such plan that offers free CNA classes.

Make inquiries at your local municipality, or visit your state’s homepage to see what programs are available. The nursing industry is a niche in the work market that almost guarantees that you will find work once you are qualified. Nursing is a profession with a high turnover of staff, so there are almost always positions available in every major hospital or clinic.

Getting Experience from Related Professions

If there are limited positions available in your area for free C N A training, consider doing a St. John’s Ambulance course. This is aimed at people wishing to become paramedics. Being a paramedic has its own risks, but the training and experience will look good on your application for C N A training. It will also help you get a permanent job in a hospital.

Volunteering at your local Fire and Rescue Department will at least give you first aid skills and real life experience dealing with trauma patients.

Use Contacts

Use any contacts you have in the health care industry to at least get you enrolled in a free C N A training course, or on the list for one. If a contact can vouch that you are indeed trustworthy and hardworking, you should stand a good chance of completing your training for free.

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Jakie S

I have been a CNA in the state of California since 1995. One of my passions in life is to help people and help others who want to expand their careers and become CNAs.

7 Responses

  1. Vanessa McEntire says:

    I’m a single mother of two teen boys. I need to be able to take care of them. This is why I am inquiring about the free CNA courses.

  2. makechia says:

    I been laid off from work for three months and is a single mother of two receiving unemployment and was wondering how to get free cna classes.


  4. I think, its would be a good opportunity for me and other people to get some special training and work free in a hospital as a nursing assistant.bessides that ,take care of people is one of my biggest dreams.i would be happy to see my self take care of people in a hospital. Even i would have to do it free for a few months or one year.

  5. brett says:

    I been a Caregiver for 5 years now does that qualify me?

  6. I am the mother of four kids and have been laid off of work for 3 years and I think this would be a good opportunity for me to get some training in the medical field.

  7. Isis Drydale says:

    I have been wanting to be a nurse for so long and have never really had the money to get started .I was just wondering if there are any free CNA classes I could attend.A response would be most helpful.Thanks a lot.

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