Maine CNA Qualifications and Regulations
Compared to the other states in the country, Maine has very demanding regulations for its Certified Nursing Assistants. For starters, the minimum requirement for hours of training on all state-approved training programs is 180 hours, which is almost twice as much as the national average. Within these 180 hours, 90 must be spent in classroom learning sessions, 20 must be spent on clinical laboratory work, and the last 70 must be spent in a clinical setting under appropriate supervision. To become a CNA, the minimum age requirement is 16 and it is not necessary to hold a high school diploma, though the state does require proof of completion for the 9th grade. After passing both parts the CNA competency exam (written and skills sections), the CNA hopeful must apply to be listed on Maine’s Nurse Aide Registry before working. It is possible to work as a CNA without being included on the registry for a maximum of four months, if proper certification is submitted to the registry before employment begins. For CNAs transferring from another state, training will most likely not be adequate to Maine’s standards and the certification will not be valid. The temporary, four month certification is also available for these out-of-state CNAs if their previous state’s certification is verified by Maine. This type of temporary certification cannot be renewed. Therefore, it is necessary for all out-of-state CNAs seeking work in Maine to undergo training in a state-approved training program. Years of experience or advanced nursing degrees may also work to qualify the CNA without more training.
The average CNA working in Maine receives a wage around $24,000 per year, along a range of $20,800 to $27,000. This is above the national average for CNAs’ salaries, but among neighboring states of the East Coast, falls short of a competitive pay-rate. This is most likely due to the geographic isolation of the corner-state. With expansive rural areas and a low population density in some parts, the opportunities to work are relatively limited. This is accounted for in the wide range of salaries, a bigger gap than most other states. Some CNAs work for small wages while others, most likely highly-experienced nurse aides working in urban centers, work forvery competitive wages. Fortunately, Maine does not charge any fees for application or registration on the Nurse Aide Registry, though the training programs may be more expensive than other states’ due to limited availability or fewer options. There are many CNA classes available online.