Have you been thinking about becoming a CNA in Maine, but are not sure as to where to begin? If you have been, we can answer your questions! There is an abundance of employment opportunities for CNAs in Maine, and the best thing is you require minimal formal training to become a CNA.
- CNA Certification Requirements in Maine
- How to Get Your CNA Certification in Maine
- How to Verify Your CNA Certification in Maine
- How to Renew Your CNA Certification in Maine
- How to Reinstate Your CNA Certification in Maine
- How to Transfer Your CNA Certification from Maine to Another State
- Maine Nurse Aide Registry
- State-Approved CNA Programs in Maine
CNA Certification Requirements in Maine
In order for you to become a CNA in Maine, the first thing you need to do is attend a training program for aspiring CNAs. In accordance with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, this training should include at least 180 hours of lecture and practical. The next thing you must do is successfully pass the CNA competency test, which will entitle you to certification in Maine for a two-year period.
How to Get Your CNA Certification in Maine
After you finish your training and pass the competency exam, you can apply for placement on Maine’s CNA registry in order to get certified as a CNA in Maine. To do this, fill out and submit the Certified Nursing Assistant Application (PDF) with the appropriate documentation, as detailed in the application, or apply online.
How to Verify Your CNA Certification in Maine
From time to time, you may need to verify your CNA certification for yourself or a new employer. In either case, simply use the registry look-up tool that allows employers and the public to search for individuals on the Registry by entering their name or license number.
How to Renew Your CNA Certification in Maine
In Maine, you must renew your CNA certification every two years. You will receive the proper form in the mail about 45 days to two months prior to your renewal date. If you do not receive your renewal packet, you may renew your license through the online portal.
How to Reinstate Your CNA Certification in Maine
If you miss your renewal date, you can reinstate your CNA certification by simply submitting a renewal form so long as you worked as a CNA for at least eight hours prior to renewing. Otherwise, you may be required to retake the CNA competency test and/or recomplete training.
How to Transfer Your CNA Certification from Maine to Another State
The transfer requirements you will need to fulfill if you want to transfer your CNA certification from Maine to another state depends on the other state's regulations. Many states allow transfers through reciprocity. However, some require such things as state testing, continuing education coursework and/or transfer fees. You can find your new state's CNA regulatory agency by using the search tool found on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.
- Neighboring States:
- New Hampshire
Maine Nurse Aide Registry
If you have additional questions, contact the Maine Nurse Aide Registry at:
Maine Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Licensing & Certification
11 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333
Phone: (207) 624-7300
Registry Search Link
State-Approved CNA Programs in Maine
Some of the best CNA educational facilities in Maine include:
Eastern Maine Community College354 Hogan Rd, Bangor, ME 04401 (207) 974-4600
Loring Job Corps Center36 Montana Rd, Limestone, ME 04750 (207) 328-4710
Maine College of Health Professions70 Middle St, Lewiston, ME 04240 (207) 795-2840
Penobscot Job Corps Center1375 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401 (207) 990-3000
Washington County Community College (WCCC)1 College Dr, Calais, ME 04619 (207) 454-1012