CNA Training California

California CNAs earn between $27,000 and $38,000 annually – much more than the national average of $20,000 to $27,000. However, getting certified in California takes a bit more effort than some other areas of the country. California requires applicants to have a pre-screening physical exam that includes a TB test. There is also a criminal background check.

The federal mandate of 75 hours of training to be able to seek certification has been doubled by California – it takes a minimum of 150 hours of training. Then a state competency exam with two sections (written and skills portions) must be passed.

The good news about the training is that there is no shortage of locations to obtain CNA training in California. The CAROCP even provides free training to high school juniors and seniors as well as low-cost job training classes for adults. A list of the counties and districts that participate in the program can be found at Clicking on the appropriate link will then take you to that county/district’s website for further information.

Additionally, CNA training California locations can be found on the website operated by the California Department of Education. Their listing of agencies offering Department of Health Services (DHS) approved CNA programs can be found at It lists the ROP (Regional Occupational Center) locations, High Schools and other locations.

Most universities and colleges in California also have nursing programs, and some do have nursing assistant training. There are also a number of nursing colleges. A few examples:

  • NCP College of Nursing, Bay Area. It was established in 1993.

  • Preferred College of Nursing, Bakersfield and W. Covina.

  • Antelope Valley College – two locations: Lancaster and Palmdale

  • American River College in Sacramento

This is a growth industry in California with over 3,000 new jobs in this occupation opening every year. Thankfully there are plenty of locations to obtain the necessary training.