CNA Training Scam Alerts for Jan 2012

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Are you interested in CNA training online? Or do you want some help finding a job? While the Internet is a great resource for online classes and job placement, it’s also an outlet for scammers to take advantage of people.

Before you decide to sign up for CNA training classes online or give out your personal information to a job placement agency, it’s important to research the companies to ensure they are legitimate.

How to Identify CNA Training Scams

When you start searching for CNA training courses online, you will find many solicitations for CNA training that is quick and easy to complete.

Red flags that signal that a CNA training program is a scam are:

  • Programs that promise you can complete your training in a very short time.
  • You don’t need a high school diploma or GED.
  • The program is completely hands off, which means you won’t need to work with anyone to earn your certification.
  • The program makes no mention of having accreditation.

The Truth Behind CNA Training Scammers

The truth is that you can’t complete your CNA training solely online. You will need hours working in direct care to earn your certification. It’s also a prerequisite that you have at least a GED or high school diploma to become a CNA, according to the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Lastly, any program that promises to provide you with a certification and isn’t accredited by the NLNAC is not legitimate.

So does this mean that you can’t work towards your certification online? No, you can take some of your required courses through the Internet. It’s an excellent way for busy individuals to attain the education they need to make it to the next step in certification. However, it’s important that the institution you take the classes from is accredited so they count towards your certification. You can always check the legitimacy of the program by contacting the NLNAC.

Job Placement Services for CNA Training Graduates

Many scammers are targeting people who are looking for employment as a CNA. They will advertise that they have many jobs available for CNAs.

Red flags to look for when trying to decide if a job placement agency is legitimate are:

  • The ad says that they will guarantee employment.
  • You don’t need any skills or training.
  • They provide you with free training.
  • The wages on the ad are much higher than what CNAs typically earn.
  • The address for the job placement agency is a post office box, mail drop or out of the country.
  • Promises of employment in the Government, civil services or overseas.
  • The ad or website’s information is vague and the positions available are generic.
  • The service requires an up-front fee.

The Truth Behind CNA Training Scammers

As you know, being a CNA means that you must possess special skills and training. This training will never be offered for free by a job placement service.

Job placement services will never guarantee employment to job seekers. They also don’t usually require an up-front fee. The promises of employment in Government and civil service work setting are also exaggerated since these settings don’t seek the assistance of job placement services.

Protect Yourself When Job Searching

Before you decide to use a job placement agency to help you find work, check with the Better Business Bureau and the FTC. It’s easy for CNA training graduates to become blindsided by scammers and both of these organizations can tell you whether or not a business is legitimate.

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