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Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is a challenging and worthwhile profession. Basic skills for a CNA include taking patient’s vital signs, assisting with feeding and bathing patients, serving meals, and assisting with medical equipment. A CNA must be hardworking, empathetic, and flexible. If you possess these skills then becoming a CNA might be the right career path for you. In the state of Maine, CNA programs generally take just a few months and you can become certified in well under a year.

Eligibility Requirements to Take CNA Classes in Maine

In order to enroll in CNA classes in Maine you must first meet these requirements:

  1. Completion of school up through 9th grade. No high school diploma or GED is required but proof of 9th grade completion is necessary.
  2. Be a minimum of 16 years old.
  3. Have the ability to read and write English.

CNA Classes in Maine and Certification Test

Once you are sure you meet the minimum requirements, you can enroll in a certified training program. Maine CNA programs require completion of 90 hours of classroom training, 20 hours of skilled laboratory work, and 70 hours of correlated, supervised clinical practice. This is close to double what it is in many other states.

The Maine Department of Education is responsible for providing location information for all programs. You can find a location near you by visiting their website here. Classes usually run during different times of the day and week so you’ll most likely be able to find a class that fits your schedule.

Upon completion CNA training in Maine, you are required by law to take a test which includes multiple choice (oral or written) and to perform a skills demonstration. You must pass both parts of the exam in order to become a certified CNA in Maine.

During the skills demonstration portion, you will show the skills that you have learned throughout the training program including personal safety, caring for elderly patients, emergency procedures, and/or other various basic CNA skills. Each skill must be witnessed by a Registered Nurse before it can be practiced by a CNA.

The CNA Registry in Maine

The CNA Registry lists all CNAs in Maine who through training, testing, and clinical work experience, have met the federal and state requirements to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant. There is no fee to be listed on this Registry.

You must be be listed on the CNA Registry in good standing in order to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the state of Maine. However, you are allowed to work as a CNA for up to 4 months in a long-term care facility while you are fulfilling the requirements for getting placed on the CNA Registry.

Certified Nursing Assistants are permitted only to work under the supervision of a Registered Professional Nurse. Therefore, they are not allowed to do private duty work in Maine.

Placing Your Name on the CNA Registry

In order to be placed on the Registry, you must provide official proof and documentation including:

  1. A completed application form
  2. Documentation of successful completion of a state approved CNA training program within the last two years
  3. Documentation of successful completion of the Maine CNA competency test
  4. A copy of your Certificate of Training
  5. A copy of the criminal background check that was completed as part of your course application. You must have no criminal restrictions that prevent you from working as a CNA in Maine.

The Registry has 30 days to determine your eligibility for placement on the Registry after receiving your completed application form and all required documentation.

Once you are approved you will receive a confirmation letter indicating the date you are approved for placement on the Registry.

Minimum Requirements to Stay Active on the Registry

  1. You must complete at least 8 hours of qualified employment every 24 months
  2.  You must have no disqualifying annotations. A disqualifying annotation includes, but is not limited to, substantiated complaints of abuse/neglect, conviction of sexual assault crimes, and conviction of crimes towards a patient.
  3. Renewing your listing when required (see below)

Get to Work!

Once you have completed your training classes and program, completed the competency evaluation, and have been listed on the Registry, you are ready to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the state of Maine. The job often requires long hours and a lot of responsibility, but the rewards of caring for and helping people are truly rewarding. As a CNA, you can be sure that your job will have a positive impact on not only your patient’s lives but also their families.

CNA Job and Salary Data for Maine Cities

Urban Area Employed CNA’s Hourly Mean Wage Salary Range 10% – 90%* CNA Employment Per 1,000 Jobs
Bangor 970 $12.09 $9.79 – $14.82 15.21
Lewiston – Auburn 800 $12.14 $9.78 – $14.81 16.20
Portland – South Portland 2,140 $13.38 $10.27 – $17.40 10.77
 

CNA Training Class Locations in Maine (ME)

The following is a list of state approved CNA Training Centers in Maine:


Cities in Maine:

Auburn | Augusta | Bangor | Bath | Biddeford | Boothbay Hrbr | Bucksport | Calais | Caribou | Casco | Damariscotta | Dexter | Dover-Foxcroft | Ellsworth | Farmington | Gardiner | Gray | Lewiston | Lincoln | Livermore Falls | Lubec | Madawaska | Madison | Portland | S. Paris | Skowhegan | So Portland | Sullivan | Topsham | Waldo | Waterville | Wells | Westbrook

  • City
  • CNA Training Center
  • Street Address
  • Phone Number

Auburn

Auburn Adult Education

77 Harris St, Auburn, ME 04210

207-333-6661

Augusta

Augusta Adult-Community Ed

33 Union Street, Suite 2, Augusta, ME 04330

207-626-2470

Bangor

Bangor Adult Education

885 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401

207-941-6310

Bangor

Penobscot Job Corps

1375 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401

Bangor

UTC-Bangor

200 Hogan Rd, Bangor, ME 04401

207-942-5296

Bath

RSU-Adult Education

800 High Street, Bath, ME 04530

207-443-8255

Biddeford

Biddeford Adult Education

18 Maplewood Avenue, Biddeford, ME 04005

207-282-3883

Boothbay Hrbr

Boothbay Region ACE

236 Townsend Ave, Boothbay Hrbr, ME 04538

207-633-3224

Bucksport

Bucksport Adult Ed

66 Bridge St, PO Box 1341, Bucksport, ME 04416

207-469-2129

Calais

WCCC

One College Drive, Calais, ME 04619

207-454-1012

Caribou

Eastern Aroostook ACE (formerly Caribou AE)

75 Bennett Dr, Caribou, ME 04736

207-493-4272

Casco

SAD#61 and 72 Adult Education

1437 Poland Spring Rd, Casco, ME 04015

207-627-4291

Damariscotta

Central Lincoln County Adult Ed

767 Main St 1-A, Damariscotta, ME 04543

207-563-2811

Dexter

Tri County A.E.

14 Abbott Hill Road, Dexter, ME 04930

207-924-7670

Dover-Foxcroft

Dover Foxcroft A.E. SAD-68

55 High Street, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426

207-564-6525

Dover-Foxcroft

Piscataquis Valley AEC

48 Morton Ave, Suite M, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426

207-564-6525

Ellsworth

Ellsworth A.E.

248 State Street Suite 3A, Ellsworth, ME 04605

207-667-6498

Farmington

Farmington A.E.

108 Fairbanks Road, Farmington, ME 04938

207-778-3460

Gardiner

Gardiner Adult Education

40 West Hill Rd, Gardiner, ME 04345

207-582-3774

Gray

Gray-NG Adult Education

GNG HS PO Box 1079, Gray, ME 04039

207-657-2520

Lewiston

CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions

70 Middle Street, Lewiston, ME 04240

207-795-2840

Lincoln

Region III-Lincoln AE

35 West Broadway, Lincoln, ME 04457

207-794-3004 x11

Livermore Falls

MSAD 36/Jay Adult and Community Education

19 Main St, Livermore Falls, ME 04239

207-897-6384

Lubec

Lubec Adult and Comm Ed

44 South Street, Lubec, ME 04652

207-733-8807

Madawaska

Madawaska A.E.

135 Seventh Ave, Madawaska, ME 04756

207-728-6314

Madison

Madison Adult Education

55 Weston Avenue, Madison, ME 04950

207-696-3900 x7

Portland

Portland Adult Education

1600 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04103

207-775-0432

S. Paris

Oxford Hills/Buckfield AE

256 Main Street, S. Paris, ME 04281

207-743-8842

Skowhegan

MSAD-54 Adult/Comm Ed- Skowhegan

61 Academy Circle, Skowhegan, ME 04976

207-474-7553

So Portland

SMCC

2 Fort Road, So Portland, ME 04106

207-741-5584

Sullivan

RSU 24 Adult Education (formerly Sumner AE)

1888 US Highway 1, Sullivan, ME 04664

207-422-4794

Topsham

Merrymeeting AE

35 Republic Ave, Topsham, ME 04086

207-729-7323

Waldo

Waldo Cty Tech Ctr

1022 Waterville Rd, Waldo, ME 04915

207-342-5231

Waterville

Helping Hands Trade Sch

PO Box 93, Waterville, ME 04903

207-872-9075

Wells

YCCC

112 College Dr, Wells, ME 04090

207-216-4342

Westbrook

Westbrook Regional Vocational Center

125 Stroudwater St, Westbrook, ME 04092

207-854-0820