California CNA Facts

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California requires 150 hours of CNA training in a state approved program, including 50 hours of classroom training and 100 hours of clinical training. This is the highest hours of CNA training required in the nation.

Summary: 150 training hours


Headmaster performs CNA testing in California. Qualifications for testing include:

  1. Training program completion must be within two (2) years of test date 

You can also review the Nursing Assistant Candidate Handbook for more information.


Exam Description
Knowledge Test or Retake
Oral Knowledge or Retake
Skill Test or Retake

Summary: Testing fee is $135


CNAs in California are required to renew their CNA certification every 2 years.

The cost to renew is $0 – free

The requirements for renewal are:

  1. 48 hours of continuing education units (CEUs). A minimum of twelve (12) of the forty-eight (48) hours shall be completed in each year of the two (2) year certification period.

    You can renew your certification six months prior to expiration date.

Summary: 48 hours of CEUs is required


The employment outlook for CNAs in California is good. As of 2018, there are 76,000 people employed as CNAs and it is projected to grow by 2% at 2030 making it to 86,900 employees. It’s projected annual job openings between 2018 – 2028 is 10,220.

Summary: 14% projected growth


The average pay rate for CNAs in California is $38,270 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $34,880 and $42,260.

Summary: $38, 270 average pay