How Do You Train As A Certified Nursing Assistant? Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is fast growing as one of the more popular professions and there are several reasons for this. The role of the CNA allows people to gain experience working with patients and with people in difficult circumstances, it also allows them to develop their people and communication skills. This can act as a strong starting point for other professions such as the medical profession, nursing and radiological professions. But the question is, how do you undertake CNA training and what's required? Training As A Certified Nursing Assistant You can work as a nursing assistant without having any training whatsoever, however you will not be classed as a Certified Nursing Assistant and as such you won't have the same responsibilities, career prospects or potential for future progression. For those reasons it far more preferential to undertake full CNA training. CNA training programs will vary from state to state, however in general you will find that most CNA training courses will last between 75 and 100 hours, offering a mix of both theoretical and practical based training. The aim of the training is to not only prepare you for the role of the CNA but also to prepare you to undertake the CNA competency exam. The CNA competency exam must be passed before you can call yourself a CNA, this exam consists of a range of multiple choice questions and also a practical based scenario in which you will undertake a role play demonstrating everything you've learned. What Qualifications Will Be Required? Like with any training you undertake there are going to be certain qualifications and prerequisites required for you to get onto that program, CNA training is no different. In order to have a change of getting onto a CNA training course you are going to need to have either a high school diploma or have passed a general educational development test. In addition to those two things you will be required to have the "right" personal qualities and characteristics, this includes having strong communication skills, excellent people skills and an overall likeability. The personal qualities are usually assessed at interview whilst the qualifications will be assessed through your application form. Where Can You Undertake Your Training? CNA training can either be completed at a local education centre such as a community college or you can undertake the theoretical element of the training online. However, even if you take the training online you will still be required to go to an educational centre of some kind to complete the practical based elements of the training. How Much Does Training Cost? CNA training, unlike many other types of healthcare training, isn't free and you will need to pay quite a lot to complete the training course and take the competency exam. Luckily though there are a few options open to you for you to consider: 1. You can fund the training yourself 2. You can fund some of the training and get an organisation to fund the remainder 3. You can find an organisation to fund all of your CNA training Whilst partial or full funding may seem like the best option at first glance you will need to be aware that the funded option comes with certain restrictions; firstly you will need to find an organisation willing to provide funding for you, secondly if you do take funding from an organisation then you will usually be required to complete a certain period of work with them before you can work anywhere else. Before agreeing to any sort of funding you will need to make sure you're fully aware of the legalities associated with it, as you will be required to sign a contract agreeing to certain conditions, you will not be able to break that contract once agreed to. In Conclusion In conclusion, CNA training is not the easiest training to undertake and it will require dedication and commitment from you. However, the rewards are high and it's the type of profession from which you can get a lot of satisfaction and which can open up a lot of future opportunities for potential further training and careers. Make sure you do your research thoroughly and that you know what you're signing up for before you agree or commit to anything.