State of Maine (ME)

by admin on July 4, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

Maine has the distinction of requiring more training hours than any other state to qualify to sit for the CNA exam. Further, you cannot be hired if you are not in good standing on Maine’s Nurse Aide Registry.
You can obtain a temporary permit to work at a long term care establishment for four months only, while you are acquiring the qualifications to sit for the exam. Other reasons the Registry may exempt from Maine-accredited training courses is if you produce a Certificate of Equivalent Training provided by a CNA school in another state. The Maine registry decides upon examination of such documentation. You could then sit for the “Bridge Examination” which is basically an elaborate competency test.
It is an all-CNA program in Maine, HHAs mentioned only as students in temporary work while getting qualified to sit for the CNA certification process. HHAs also can get private work in homes or under the supervision of an RN, but they are mostly in transition to become CNAs.
Note: Fed regulations require certified aides who work in Medicare or Medicaid-reimbursed facilities to accumulate 12 hours of continuing education per 12 month period.

We list the higher between Federal (Fed) and State requirements

Requirements CNA HHA
Work Eligibility Must be citizen, National, or someone eligible to work in the U.S. Depends on employer
Type of Certification You get listed on the CNA Registry, which is a registry maintained by the Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services No certification required until you are ready for the CNA exam
Application Form A filled application form is required together with all supplemental information, such as high school and training diplomas and proof of eligibility to work as described above N/A
Age You must be at least 16 years old same
Driver’s License No driver’s license required Employer requirements apply
Education Level You only need to show that you completed the 9th grade Most employers will require a high school diploma
Training hours & where 90 hours of classes at certified academies or community colleges, plus 20 hours of lab skills and 70 hours of supervised hands-on instruction;
You can work in an approved facility for up to 4 months while completing your courses
Up to employer
Competence Training 20 hours plus 70 hours, per above N/A
Experience No prior professional experience required. None required
Health Immunizations A negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization. Employer requirements apply
Fingerprints Fingerprints will be required same
Background checks State and Federal checks are made for all names listed on the application and going back 10 years in time same
Other Requirements Photo ID and two photos Each employer has their own requirements
Exam It is referred to as the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam and given by the State Board of Nursing in two parts, written, and practical N/A until you are ready for the CNA exam
Licensed in another state? A “Bridge examination” may be given you, in which you need to score at least 70, and perform at least 7 out of 10 tasks (also see the above introduction) If you are licensed in another state as a CNA, then the same applies
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