CNA License in Maine

Get up-to-date information on CNA licensing in Maine, including renewal, verification, reciprocity, and other important topics.
CNA License in Maine

Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in Maine is a rewarding career that offers the opportunity to make a real difference.

This guide will cover all aspects of the CNA licensing process, including meeting the requirements, verifying your license, and transferring your license from another state. We will also provide information about state-approved CNA programs and the Maine Nurse Aide Registry.

CNA Certification Requirements in Maine

To become a CNA in Maine, you must complete an approved training program and pass the CNA competency exam. Training programs must include at least 180 hours of instruction, including lecture and practical instruction, according to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Once you have completed the training program and passed the exam, you will be certified as a CNA in Maine. Certification is valid for two years.

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 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 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 a renewal form in the mail about 45 days to two months prior to your renewal date. If you do not receive your renewal packet, you can renew your license through the online portal.

How to Reinstate Your Expired CNA Certification in Maine

If you miss your renewal date, you can reinstate your CNA certification by simply submitting a renewal form as 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

Transfer requirements for CNA certification from Maine to another state vary depending on the state's regulations. Some states allow transfers through reciprocity, while others require state testing, continuing education coursework, and/or transfer fees. To find your new state's CNA regulatory agency, use our directory of nurse aide registries.

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
Verification Link

State-Approved CNA Programs in Maine

Some of the best CNA programs in Maine are:

  1. Eastern Maine Community College

    354 Hogan Rd, Bangor, ME 04401 (207) 974-4600
  2. Loring Job Corps Center

    36 Montana Rd, Limestone, ME 04750 (207) 328-4710
  3. Maine College of Health Professions

    70 Middle St, Lewiston, ME 04240 (207) 795-2840
  4. Penobscot Job Corps Center

    1375 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401 (207) 990-3000
  5. Washington County Community College (WCCC)

    1 College Dr, Calais, ME 04619 (207) 454-1012


To obtain a CNA License in Maine, you must complete an approved CNA training program and pass the CNA competency exam. Once you are licensed, you must renew your license every two years and keep your certification current by completing the required continuing education credits.

Amanda Jordan
Amanda Jordan

A registered nurse with a BSN degree, skillfully simplifies complex medical topics as a healthcare writer, contributing valuable insights to a diverse audience.

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