Paid CNA Training – What Is It?

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Our staff of writers is pretty good about scouring the internet for trending topics and the latest information on CNA training classes. Recently, we’ve found the term “paid CNA training” popping up again and again, so we decided to dispel any misconceptions about this term by writing our own blog post on the topic.

What is Paid CNA Training

Basically, paid CNA training can mean one of two things. First, the term may be used in a rather misleading way. We’ve seen this around the web, where certain blogs and websites will use the phrase paid CNA training, but they’re simply referring to the kind of CNA training you have to pay for. Okay, not that slick, right? But, since we are on the topic of paid CNA training, let’s explore other possibilities. Are there instances when you could actually get paid while you are taking CNA training? Actually, it’s not as far fetched as it seems.

How to Find Paid CNA Training

There are a couple of situations in which you can actually be paid during your CNA training.  Here’s the breakdown:

  • You can be paid in the sense that an employer actually foots the bill for your training.  This is most often found in situations like preschools or other facilities where at least one employee needs to have completed CNA Training. Often, employers who are already happy with their staff will go ahead and pay for one or more of the employees to further their education. Since you can find CNA training classes that take place in the evening or on weekends, you don’t have to take time off work, so you’re actually being paid to take CNA training.
  • Another way to find paid CNA training is if you start out in a certain position and want to transfer to another career opportunity. Let’s say you work for a major hospital. You’ve been there for a few years and you are a shining employee. Currently, you work in the admissions department but you’d really like to become a CNA. The next time your hospital is offering CNA training classes to the public, approach your supervisor with your desire to complete CNA training. Often, your employer will offer the classes to you free of charge. Even if they can’t offer free CNA training, you may be able to get a reduced rate due to the fact that you’re already an employee.
  • In a few scenarios you may be working as a nursing aide but you weren’t required to be certified at the time. If you want to remain in the same position, and your employer wants you there, they may be willing to pay for your CNA training. Sometimes they will pay before, while other times it will be after you’ve completed CNA training.

There you have it. Several scenarios where free CNA training and paid CNA training are actually valid options!

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