CNA Classes in Wisconsin (WI)

Getting certified as a nurse aide in Wisconsin is a simple process. First, make sure you meet the Wisconsin Board of Nursing’s eligibility criteria to sign up for a state-approved training course. Then, you have to pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam for your name to be put on the state CNA registry.

The Wisconsin Department of Health manages the certification process. A company called Pearson VUE handles the NNAAP exam.


You can apply for CNA training in Wisconsin if you:

  • Are at least 16.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Pass a criminal background check.

Training and Testing

You can find a list of approved CNA courses on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website. You have to take at least 120 training hours, which includes at least 32 hours of hands-on clinical experience. It takes about 4 months to finish the program. Online and distance courses are not approved by the state.

You may apply to skip training and take the exam directly if you:

  • Are a nurse in a foreign country, with proof of training and a valid license.
  • Are a student nurse or recent graduate from a nursing program.
  • Are registered as a CNA in another state, and have at least 32 hours of clinical experience.
  • Took at least 120 training hours in another state.
  • Work as a certified home health aide.
  • Received nurse training in the military.

When you’re ready, apply to take the NNAAP exam with Pearson VUE. The test has both written and practical sections. You have to take the test in English. If English isn’t your first language or you have a disorder that impacts your testing ability, you can ask to take the written section orally.


CNA courses range from $800-$1,000 in Wisconsin.

Additional testing fees include:

  • Written and skills testing: $115
  • Oral and skills testing: $115
  • Written retesting: $45
  • Skills retesting: $70
  • Oral retesting: $45

License Renewal

Your CNA license is valid for 24 months in Wisconsin. You’ll get a reminder in the mail around 60 days before it expires. If you don’t renew your license on time, you’ll need to retake the CNA exam to stay active in the registry.

Key Facts

  • You have to pass the NNAAP exam within 1 year of training.
  • All the application forms you need are available on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Training and Registry Information website.
  • You can work as a CNA for up to 120 days while you’re enrolled in training. However, you have to get your license within those 4 months to keep working.

Traditional Classes Training Centers

School City Phone
Blackhawk Technical College Janesville (608) 757-7699 Request Information
Madison Media Institute Madison (608) 258-2479 Request Information
University of Wisconsin, Manitowoc Manitowoc (920) 683-4702 Request Information
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee (414) 297-8569 Request Information
Nicolet Area Technical College Rhinelander (715) 365-4910 Request Information
Nicolet Area Technical College Rhinelander (715) 365-7910 Request Information
Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland (920) 693-1226 Request Information
Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire (715) 833-6421 Request Information
Fox Valley Technical College Appleton (920) 735-5774 Request Information
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Fennimore (608) 822-3362 Request Information
Western Technical College, La Crosse Lacrosse (608) 789-6105 Request Information
Mid-State Technical College Wisconsin Rapids (715) 422-5318 Request Information
Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee (262) 691-5585 Request Information
American Red Cross – Western Wisconsin Chapter Altoona (715) 235-3700
Moraine Park Technical College – Beaver Dam Beaver Dam (920) 887-4497
Moraine Park Technical College – Blackboard Beaver Dam (920) 887-4497
Moraine Park Technical College – Centers Beaver Dam (920) 887-1441
Moraine Park Technical College – Fond Du Lac Beaver Dam (920) 887-4497
Moraine Park Technical College – West Bend Beaver Dam (920) 887-4497
Grand View Care Center Blair (608) 989-2511
CNA Professional Services, Llp Boyceville (715) 643-4068
Wisconsin CNA Training Center Campbellsport (920) 979-4428
Wissota Health & Regional Vent Ctr Chippewa Falls (715) 720-9341
Grace Lutheran Foundation Eau Claire (715) 832-3003
Gateway Technical College – Elkhorn Elkhorn (262) 741-8304
Clarity Care Uw Fond Du Lac Fond Du Lac (920) 929-1153
Touchstone Learning Center Fond Du Lac (920) 922-7242
American Red Cross – Lakeland Chapter Green Bay (715) 271-9914
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay (920) 498-7141
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College- Ell Green Bay (920) 498-7141
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College Hayward (715) 634-4790
Villa Maria Health & Rehab Ctr Hurley (715) 561-3200
Clearview Long Term Care And Rehab Juneau (920) 386-3400
Gateway Technical College – Kenosha Kenosha (262) 564-2374
Wi Veterans Home Ainsworth Hall #800 King (715) 258-1668
Wi Veterans Home-Olson Hall Bldg. #600 King (715) 258-1668
Wi Veterans Home-Stordock Hall Bldg. #700 King (715) 258-1668
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation Inc La Crosse (608) 775-4329
Western Technical College – Blackboard Lacrosse (608) 785-9413
Central Wi Ctr For The Developmentally Disabled Madison (608) 301-1810
Madison Area Technical College – Blackboard Madison (608) 258-2479
Madison Area Technical College – Esl Madison (608) 258-2479
Madison Area Technical College – Fort Atkinson Madison (608) 258-2479
Madison Area Technical College – Portage Madison (608) 258-2479
Madison Area Technical College – Reedsburg Madison (608) 258-2479
Madison Area Technical College – Watertown Madison (608) 258-2479
Mendota Mental Health Institute Madison (608) 301-1366
Neway Directions Madison (608) 221-1920
St Mary’S At Felician Village Manitowoc (920) 684-7171
Clarity Care Uw Marshfield Marshfield (715) 389-6540
Linden Grove – Menomonee Falls Menomonee Falls (262) 797-4600
Amber House, Inc Milwaukee (414) 393-9922
C Ross Educational Ctr Milwaukee (414) 438-9390
Community Healthcare Educational Center Milwaukee (414) 578-3132
Ingleside Nursing Home Mount Horeb (608) 437-5511
Linden Grove – Mukwonago Mukwonago (262) 797-4600
Wisconsin CNA Training Center LLC Uw Fox Valley Neenah (920) 979-4428
Linden Grove – New Berlin New Berlin (262) 797-4600
American Red Cross – Oshkosh Oshkosh (715) 271-9914
Aurora Medical Center – Oshkosh Oshkosh (920) 456-7494
Clarity Care Hha/Na Program Oshkosh (920) 236-6560
Care Aide Program Park Falls (715) 762-2449
Gateway Technical College – Racine Racine (262) 619-6688
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College – Ashland Shell Lake (715) 468-2815
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College – New Rich Shell Lake (715) 209-7847
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College – Rice Lak Shell Lake (715) 209-7847
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College – Superio Shell Lake (715) 468-2815
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College- Ell Shell Lake (800) 243-9482
Good Samaritan – Scandia Village Sister Bay (920) 854-2317
Spring Valley CNA Training Program Spring Valley (715) 778-5545
Southern Wi Ctr For The Developmentally Disable Union Grove (262) 878-2411
Linden Grove – Waukesha Waukesha (262) 797-4600
Waukesha County Technical College – Blackboard Waukesha (262) 691-5243
Waunakee Manor Health Care Ctr Waunakee (608) 849-5016
American Red Cross- Waupaca Waupaca (715) 258-5055
Northcentral Technical College Wausau (715) 803-1338
Northcentral Technical College – Ell/Abe Wausau (715) 803-1338
Northcentral Technical College – Hybrid Wausau (715) 803-1338
Quality Healthcare Options, Inc Wauwatosa (414) 475-7337
Trempealeau County Health Care Ctr Whitehall (715) 538-4312
Winnebago Mental Health Institute Winnebago (920) 235-4910

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