Next Generation Nursing Assistant: Train. Test. Work. CNA Training

Train. Test. Work.

Ready to work in senior care? The Train. Test. Work. program offers no-cost training and testing and gets you on the job!

Nursing assistants are needed in every community in the state. They are so important that the State of Minnesota is investing in our future healthcare workforce by funding Next Generation Nursing Assistant Train. Test. Work. initiative.

The goal of Train. Test. Work. is to fill these important jobs in long-term care by providing free training and testing for Minnesotans who are ready to accept a job now. If you are prepared to start (or restart) a rewarding career in healthcare, this program may be for you!

Training will have a strong ready-to-work focus and include time to connect with employers who have immediate job openings. Many students will have job offers in-hand prior to taking the state certification exam.

While this training is a great way to gain experience and start a rewarding career in healthcare, it might not be a good fit for everyone. It is important to understand the role of a nursing assistant prior to enrolling. Please read the program requirements and FAQs below to see if you are a good fit for the training and if the training is a good fit for you.

Program requirements, eligible applicants:

  • Must be a resident of Minnesota, over the age of 16, and able to work in the United States.
  • Must be interested in and plan accepting a position in long-term care upon completion of the program. People who are not able or do not want to work immediately should wait until they are or choose another training program.
  • Must be in good physical condition. Nursing assistants frequently move patients and have other physically demanding tasks, such as bathing, grooming, toileting, walking, exercising, and feeding patients.
  • Must be able to pass a Department of Human Services background study.
  • Must complete the vaccine and tuberculosis testing requirements of their employer.
  • Must attend mandatory orientation, all class sessions, and testing.
  • Must complete and pass a knowledge test and a skills test to be added to the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry and seek employment.
  • For hybrid courses, applicants must provide their own computer and internet access to participate in online courses.

How do I sign up for training?

Find out what classes are currently available. If you do not see a class near you, please check back frequently as classes will be added throughout the spring. You can also provide your contact information here and we will send you periodic emails about class availability.


You can also contact us to learn about options to bring customized training to your group or organization.


Are you looking to hire Train. Test. Work. candidates? Connect in a variety of ways including showing support at orientation, sharing information about your local job openings, hosting or attending employer visits, sending recruiters for interviews, attending job fairs and reverse job fairs, and more! Employers interested in connecting with Train. Test. Work. candidates, please sign up and learn more.

Contact Us

Whether you are looking for training for your workforce, help connecting to industry experts, or any other need, our trained support staff is available to answer your questions and connect you with resources. 

Live chat, email questions, or call us to connect to solutions for your workforce. We look forward to assisting you! 

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