Frequently Asked Questions
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I am interested in applying to the CNA Apprenticeship program. How do I start?
What qualifications do I need to apply?
To apply to the CNA Apprenticeship, you must be over the age of 18 by the start of the apprenticeship, have received a high school diploma or GED, and be willing to undergo a background check. You do not need to have any previous care provider experience, though it is preferred.
Can I apply if I've worked in a care provider setting before?
Yes! Anyone with previous experience in a care provider setting, including dietary aides, housekeeping personnel, cooks, and homecare and personal support workers, is highly encouraged to apply.
Can I apply if I'm a registered CNA looking to advance my skillset?
At this time, the CNA Apprenticeship is just for individuals who do not have CNA1 certification.
For licensed CNAs looking for work opportunities or continuing education opportunities, please Contact Us with a brief description of what you are seeking.
What does a certified nursing assistant (CNA) do?
The main responsibility of a certified nursing assistant (CNA) is to assist long-term care clients with their daily activities, like bathing, eating, and transporting themselves. By assisting in this way, CNAs provide an essential service that can have lasting impacts on a client’s physical health, mental well-being, and overall independence.
When does this program start?
New apprenticeship groups, or cohorts, start every 8 weeks or so. We accept applications to each new cohort on a rolling basis. Contact Us if you are interested in participating in an upcoming apprenticeship.
Where does this program take place?
The CNA Apprenticeship program is designed to give CNA training to apprentices across Oregon, with the first 2 cohorts taking place in the Portland Metro Area. Interested in when the CNA Apprenticeship will be available in your area? Contact Us.
How long is this program?
The CNA Apprenticeship is a yearlong program that includes a course for certification, on-the-job training, and year-round career development support and mentorship. Apprentices can expect to begin working in a licensed CNA position before the year is over and may begin additional certification training.
What do the wraparound services include?
Depending on your service area, we may be able to provide you with services during the training process including transporation and food aid. If you have a specific service need, please email email@example.com.
Is the Apprenticeship a paid job?
Participants in the CNA Apprenticeship program will receive a 155-hour training stipend at the NA/Hospitality Aide hourly rate of their assigned facility. Upon certification, apprentices are placed as paid CNAs at a skilled nursing facility.
I am interested in working as a housekeeping professional. How do I get started?
What does a housekeeping professional do?
Housekeeping professionals keep skilled nursing facilities tidy, sanitary, and safe. These positions are crucial to the overall health and safety of staff and residents alike.
What qualifications do I need to work as a housekeeping professional?
To apply, you must be over the age of 18 and be willing to undergo a background check. You do not need to have any previous skilled nursing facility experience.
I am interested in working as a dietary aide. How do I get started?
What does a dietary aide do?
A dietary aide prepares food for residents by helping plan weekly meals, preparing ingredients and keeping food preparation areas orderly and sanitized.
What qualifications do I need to work as a dietary aide?
To apply, you must be over the age of 18 and be willing to undergo a background check. Most positions require a high school diploma or GED. You do not need to have any previous skilled nursing facility experience.