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CNA Training & Pathway to Certification


Fast-Track Your Pathway to Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant


Step One: Earn an Emergency Temporary License

  • Submit Your Application & Required Steps
  • Complete 8-Hour Virtual Nurse Aide Certificate Training
  • Complete 30-Minute In-Person Competency Assessment
  • Complete 3-Hour Virtual Emotional Agility Under Pressure Training

Step Two: Join SkillsRI's Dispatch Program & Earn $25/hour

  • Earn a Great Income While Completing Clinical Work (as referenced in the next step)

Step Three: Earn Full Certification as CNA

  • Complete 80-Hour Self-Paced Virtual Course
  • Complete 40-Hours of Eligible Clinical Work

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a Rhode Island resident
  • 18+ years of age
  • Authorized to work in the United States (I-9 verification form)
  • Have access to a computer or smartphone to access the scheduling program
  • Must pass a background, fingerprint, and drug screen check, provide proof of required immunizations
  • Possess a strong interest in a healthcare career or have experience as a Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist, Home Health Aide, Pharmacy Technician, or similar role.

Note: previously working CNA's can become re-certified through this program. These individuals will need to complete the training in full, regardless of prior work experience.