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CNA Certification In Maine

Pursuing CNA certification in Maine involves a number of steps, including the completion of state-approved nursing assistant program program, passing the competency exam and getting your name listed in the Maine Nurse Aide Registry. The program program and all other examinations are approved and accredited by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. CNAs can earn a higher salary after completion of the certification.

Requirements to Obtain CNA Licensure in ME

The candidate must be at least 16 years old. Along with the completed application, candidates are also required to provide the following documents:

  • Copy of your CNA Program certificate.
  • Copy of your SSN (Social Security Card).
  • Copy of your official I.D. (issued by the government) or current driver’s license that must include a valid passport-size photograph and signature.
  • You may be required to provide letters officially documented by the employer (if applicable), which must include the date(s) and place(s) of employment as a nurse aide within the past 2 years.
  • Copy of the criminal background report which the applicant must have received during the CNA Program course.

If you have completed your CNA Program in a state other than Maine, provide the following documents:

  • Copy of document depicting that the CNA Program program completed by the applicant is equivalent to or greater than the number of hours required by the state of Maine.
  • Copy of document illustrating the passing score in the nursing aide competency evaluation test.
  • Copy of document representing the completion of a minimum of the 9th (ninth) grade of school.
  • If applicable, you may be required to provide the letters from employers which must include the date(s), place(s), and number of work hours the applicant completed at the time of working as a certified nursing assistant during the last 5 years.

Minimum Requirements to Stay Active on the Registry

Generally, there are three basic requirements to stay active on the registry:

  • Complete at least eight (8) hours of employment every 2 years.
  • The candidate must not possess any disqualify annotations.
  • Renew your CNA license in every 2 years.

Procedure to Attain CNA License in Maine

The step-by-step procedure to obtain CNA licensure in the state of Maine is as follows:

Step 1 – Download the application form using the following link:

Click on the above link and download the application in MS Word or PDF format.

You can also call the CNA Registry at (207) 624-7300 or e-mail at, to request for the paper application.

Step 2 – Submit the completed application to the following address:

Department of Health and Human Services
Licensing and Regulatory Services
Maine Registry of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)
41 Anthony Avenue; 11 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0011

Renewal of CNA License

All applicants are required to renew their nurse aide license every 2 years. A reminder to renew your license will be sent 30 to 60 days before the expiry date of your license.

Use the following link to download the renewal form:

You can download the form in either format as per your convenience.

Search for an Individual CNA Licensure

Use the following link to complete your search:

You will be required to enter the following details

  • Department
  • Agency
  • Regulator
  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • License Number

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Question 1 – I had completed my program as an emergency medical technician (EMT). Am I eligible to work as a certified nursing assistant?

Answer – You cannot work as a CNA until you have completed a CNA Program program approved by the state, passed the Maine’s competency test and submitted application for listing your name on the Maine CNA Registry. Only individuals who are listed on the registry are eligible to work as a nursing assistant in ME.

Question 2 – Am I required to complete a high school graduation to become a certified nursing assistant in Maine?

Answer – As such, you don’t have to be a high school graduate, but you need to provide documents verifying the successful completion of ninth grade of school.

Question 3 – How many days does it take to add my name to the registry?

Answer – The registry takes approximately 30 days to decide your eligibility for placement on the Maine Nurse Aide Registry.