Massachusetts CNA Facts

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Massachusetts requires 100 hours of CNA training in a state approved program, including 75 classroom hours and 25 hands-on training hours at a nursing facility.

Summary: 100 hours training


PROMETRIC performs CNA testing in Massachusetts. Qualifications for testing include:

    1. For New Nurse Aide, you must a certification of the completed state-approved nurse aide training program.
    2. Reciprocity, you must be active and in good standing on a Registry in another state.
    3. You must pay the following fees:
      Clinical Skills Test and Written Test – First time tester – $110
      Clinical Skills Test and Oral Test – First time tester – $120
      Clinical Skills Test – $70
      Written Test – $40
      Oral Test – $50
      Reciprocity/CNA From Another State – $0
      Duplicate Certificate – $20
      Recertification – $0
      Reschedule – $35

You can review the Candidate Information Bulletin for more testing information.

Summary:$110 testing fee


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

The cost to renew is free – $0.

The requirements for renewal are:

  1. Must have worked for pay as a nurse aide, under the supervision of a nurse, for at least  eight (8) hours performing nursing related duites.

Summary: Free renewal; 8 paid working hours required


The employment outlook for CNAs in Massachusetts is good. As of 2018, there are 29,420 people employed as CNAs and it is projected to grow by 4% at 2028 making it to 30,630 employees. It’s projected annual job openings between 2018 – 2028 is 3, 490.

Summary: 4% projected growth


The average pay rate for CNAs in Massachusetts is $37,271 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $33,968 and $41,156.

Summary: $37,271 average pay