Maine Registry of Certified Nursing Assistants &
Direct Care Workers (CNA Registry)

New Online Application and Renewal Option For CNAs

The Maine Registry of Certified Nursing Assistants and Direct Care Workers (aka "the Registry") is pleased to announce the option of Online Application and Renewal processing for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA's)! You may now apply for listing on the Registry or renew your listing online at your convenience 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To apply for listing online or to renew online please log in to our website and follow the instruction provided.


License Status Info for CNAs (Word) | also as PDF

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To be placed on the Maine CNA Registry, you must be able to provide official documentation of formal CNA training that meets Maine’s Rules and Regulations as well as Federal OBRA Regulations, whether for immediate placement on the Registry or for completing the “Non-Traditional CNA Competency Testing Evaluation testing. If you are not able to meet either of these, you will need to successfully complete an approved 180-hour CNA training course before you can be placed on the CNA Registry.

Maine and federal laws allow you to work as a CNA for up to 4 months in a long-term care facility while you are fulfilling the requirements for getting placed on the CNA Registry. Employers can only hire CNAs who are listed on the Maine CNA Registry and who are in good standing.

The CNA Registry

The CNA Registry lists CNAs who, through training, competency testing and clinical work experience, meet the federal and state requirements to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the state of Maine.

CNA Registry Functions

Respond to inquiries
  • Respond to inquiries from the public, health care providers, individual CNAs and other state CNA Registries;
Protect the public
  • Enhance public safety by annotating information related to known criminal convictions as required by Maine law and substantiated complaints as required by Federal law;
Provide Information for CNAs
  • Provide information regarding any State or federally mandated employment restrictions;
  • Determine eligibility of applicants for placement on the Registry;
  • Participate in appeals hearings.
Post Training information to become a CNA
  • Provide the opportunity for competency testing for non-traditional CNAs (CNAs who have not worked within the past two years, or those with comparable training of 150 hours or more trained in the military, out of state, or out of country) by issuing a contract with an independent contractor for testing;
  • Determine eligibility of CNA candidates to take the Bridge Examination and provide a list of candidates to the Department of Education (Note: taking a Bridge Course is no longer an option.);
  • Determine eligibility of CNAs to take the Medication Aide (CNA-M) Standardized Medication Course as prescribed by the Maine State Board of Nursing (MSBON).

Every state has a Registry

Federal law requires every state to have a CNA Registry. The Maine Registry of Certified Nursing Assistants is operated in accordance with the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA), state statutes and the Maine State Board of Nursing requirements (see Chapter 5 Regulations Relating to Training Programs and Delegation by Registered Professional Nurses of Selected Nursing Tasks to CNAs).

Email us: CNA Registry Questions

List of Employment Restrictions in Maine

Legislature Statutes on prohibited employment and a link to electronic access to request criminal history record External site disclaimer

CNA Information

Updated May 2019