CNA Classes in Maine (ME)

To become a CNA in Maine, you must take the training and pass the test. After you pass the test, you will be listed on the state’s registry.

Many technical schools, nursing facilities, and colleges offer the training.


  • Must be 16 years old
  • Pass a physical with a drug test
  • Be TB negative and approved for lifting
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Pass a background check with fingerprinting
  • No criminal background

To Apply:

You don’t need the training if you are a:

  • Graduated nurse or student nurse with proof of training;
  • Reciprocity CNA from another state in good standing with proof of training and the required forms;
  • Graduate nurse from another state who has taken classroom study of at least 35 hours and clinical training of 50 hours; or
  • Military nursing assistant who has proof of training and required forms.

All others must go through training. The Licensing and Regulatory Services have two lists of nursing facilities that provide training.

Programs are 180 hours. They are divided into 70 hours of clinical skills, 20 hours in the lab, and 90 hours in the classroom. After training, you can apply to take the test. The test has a written (or oral) test and a practical test.


The cost is about $1000. The exam fee is $45.

If you are employed, your employer will pay all fees.


  • Your license expires every 2 years. It can be renewed if you have proof of employment as a CNA for at least 8 hours in the past 2 years.
  • A reminder will be mailed to you 30-60 days before it expires.


  • Professional citations, criminal offenses, and problems with the background check can keep you from taking the program.
  • You must pass the test within 2 years of completing the training. If you do not take the test in the 2 years, you will have to take the training again.
  • To renew, you must submit proof of continuing education if you work as a CNA.

Traditional Classes Training Centers

School City Phone
Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions, Lewiston Lewiston 795-2840 Request Information
Washington County Community College Calais 454-1012 Request Information
Auburn Adult Education Auburn 784-9220
Auburn Adult Education Auburn 3336661/7849220
Augusta Adult & Community Ed Augusta 626-2470
Bangor Adult Education Bangor 941-6310
Penobscot Job Corps Bangor
Utc – Bangor Bangor 947-5296
Rsu 1 Adult Education Bath 443-8255
Biddeford Adult Education Biddeford 282-3883
Boothbay Region Ace Boothbay Hrbr 633-3224
Bucksport Adult Ed Bucksport 469-2129
Eastern Aroostook Ace (Formerly Caribou Ae) Caribou 493-4272
Sad#61 And 72 Adult Education Casco 627-4291
Central Lincoln County Adult Ed Damariscotta 563-2811
Tri County A.E. Dexter 924-7670
Dover Foxcroft A.E. Sad # 68 Dover-Foxcroft 564-6525
Piscataquis Valley Aec Dover-Foxcroft 564-6525
Ellsworth A.E. Ellsworth 667-6498
Ellsworth A.E. Ellsworth 667-6499
Farmington A.E. Farmington 778-3460
Gardiner Adult Education Gardiner 582-3774
Gorham Adult Education Gorham 222-1095
Gray-Ng Adult Education Gray 657-2520
Region Iii – Lincoln Ae Lincoln 7943004x11
Msad 36/Jay Adult And Community Education Livermore Falls 897-6384
Lubec Adult And Comm Ed Lubec 733-8807
Madawaska A.E. Madawaska 728-6314
Madison Adult Education Madison 6963900x7
Portland Adult Education Portland 775-0432
Oxford Hills/Buckfield Ae S. Paris 743-8842
Msad # 54 Adult/Comm Ed- Skowhegan Skowhegan 474-7553
Smcc So Portland 741-5584
Rsu 24 Adult Education (Formerly Sumner Ae) Sullivan 4224794/3889
Merrymeeting Ae Topsham 729-7323
Msad 52 Adult And Community Education Turner 225-3478
Waldo Cty Tech Ctr Waldo 342-5231
Helping Hands Trade Sch Waterville 872-9075
Yccc Wells 216-4342
Westbrook Regional Vocational Center Westbrook 854-0820

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