Ask The Expert: Can I become a Certified Assisted Living caregiver through training? Can you tell me where training is offered in my area?

posted by: Lisa Sneddon Founder & President, Senior Living Experts

Thank you for your inquiry.  This is a common question.  First of all, many assisted living communities do not require you to have a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) certificate.  However they will still require a background check, drug test and will provide job training.  Usually, those who actually have a certificate are paid more than those that do not.  Each state has different requirements for obtaining a certificate.  Your local community college or red cross or nursing school should have classes that may run for up to 6 weeks and cost $300-$600 to take.  After training you will then need to take the state test to become certified and your instructor usually sets up the time and the place for the test.

Check out the Caregiver Training area of our site for more information.

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5/27/2012 2:01:17 PM

Dear Gentleperson:Jean Simmons, who is such a blessing to our fimlay, gave me your website info. I was born and raised in Wildwood, FL and returned in 2006 after spending 40 years in NYC and Chicago to help with my mother after I was able to take an early retirement at age 62. It was not until a year ago or so that I realized that something unusual was going on with my mother. At the end of last year, she was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia. Still, we are greatly blessed. She has her bad days when she wonders what has happened to her husband, or her sister or her mother, but then there are other days when she brings me so much joy. I am her son and she is my mother. From the beginning, we have had a duty to each other. She has done for me everything that a mother is required to do for her son. I am proud that the Creator has placed in my heart the will to fullfill my duty to her. I am grateful that you have the courage and the character to speak the truth regarding the issues that you face. You are a blessing to your mother and you are a blessing to us.Peace and Love.Sam

Posted by:jenny

2/22/2011 6:08:19 PM

Question,A person living alone and can't manage,can a caregiver move in with them,also do they need to be certified to do this in the state of california?

Posted by:britany

5/6/2010 4:32:21 PM

I am 17 and i help to take care of my boyfriends grandmother, me and his mom work together and i was wondering if it is possible to become a paid care giver for her. I live in Springfield Missouri

Posted by:Marci Hicks

4/23/2010 1:19:11 PM

Yes could you tell me were I can take a caregiver training class in my area are do any nurseing home train for caregiver classes cotact Marci at 205-807-8860

Posted by:micaela paz

3/16/2010 2:58:26 PM

my question is my mom is intersted in being a caregiver she is a very patient and careing person the only problem i see is that she does not speak english she understand it is their any chance for her to work for people who speak spanish she has drivers license and legal to work in the us

Posted by:mary populorum

1/30/2010 6:25:35 AM

what is the ration of residents to caregivers in an assisted living facility And can the facility have total care residents.

Posted by:conny holshue

1/29/2010 2:39:12 PM

become certified

Posted by:lee

9/25/2009 6:57:59 PM

do you have classes in nj paterson in passaic county or bergen county?

Posted by:jester mwape

5/30/2009 11:43:27 AM

i'm acertifed nurse zambian currently working in botswana, can i be employed as a carergiver in USA? which agencies or employer can i contact?

Posted by:gayle foss

4/27/2009 3:10:33 PM

what should the ratio be for number of residents to caregiver in assisted living community?

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