No-Cost CNA Training with Caring4Cal

One in four Californians will be over the age of 60 in 2030. To ensure better outcomes for our future, we need to build a well-equipped, compassionate workforce. Caring4Cal is a state-wide initiative designed for current and prospective licensed or certified care providers in California to accomplish their career goals and receive more training. 

One of the training paths offered by Caring4Cal is for Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification. CNAs are a fundamental part of healthcare teams, providing essential care and comfort to patients in the home and community. From assisting with daily living activities to offering emotional support, the role of the CNA goes far beyond the technical, forging meaningful connections that leave a lasting impact and protect the future of our communities. You or people you  know in your networks could benefit from the opportunity to receive free CNA certification. 

Becoming a CNA in California can be a fantastic career choice:

Personal Fulfillment:

  • Making a difference: CNAs play a vital role in supporting patients’ well-being and improving their quality of life. Witnessing their progress and offering comfort can be incredibly rewarding
  • Compassionate connections: Building meaningful relationships with patients and their families fosters a sense of connection and purpose
  • Growth and learning: The field offers continuous learning opportunities to refine skills and grow earnings

Professional Advantages:

  • High demand: California’s growing aging population means a constant need for skilled CNAs, leading to secure job opportunities and competitive salaries
  • Flexible options: A career as a CNA offers flexibility in numerous ways, including schedule flexibility (working full or part-time and choosing from a variety of shifts), travel opportunities, the ability to work in various settings, and many transferable skills
  • Stepping stone to advancement: A CNA certification can serve as a springboard to pursue further education and higher-level nursing careers, such as registered nursing or licensed practical nursing

If you decide to become a CNA, you will need to check the eligibility requirements for the Caring4Cal program. You must:  

  • Be a California resident 18 years or older
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be legally authorized to work in the US
  • Not be enrolled in another HCBS training program funded by the state
  • Review the information the eligibility requirements on our website

After confirming eligibility, you can proceed with Caring4Cal CNA certification by following these steps:

  1. Access Caring4Cal‘s Online CNA path and course catalog 
  • As a state-approved CNA certification program, Caring4Cal includes at least 160 hours of training, with 60 hours of theory and 100 hours of clinical experience
  1. Register and enroll:
  1. Complete the training:
  • Attend classes and actively participate 
  • Complete all required coursework and practical skills demonstrations
  1. Pass the CNA certification exam:
  1. Apply for state licensure:

Throughout the CNA certification process, Caring4Cal will give care providers valuable support, such as: 

  • Financial incentives: Caring4Cal offers up to $2,750 in financial rewards as you progress through training, easing the financial burden and supporting your dedication
  • Free training: The Caring4Cal CNA certification training program is completely free of charge for eligible participants 
  • Personal coaching for guidance and encouragement: Coaches will support your training by helping you set goals, build an action plan, and stay on track

Becoming a CNA requires dedication and hard work, but Caring4Cal can equip you with the knowledge, skills, and support you need to succeed — and benefit your future and the future of California! 

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