Minnesota CNA Facts

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Minnesota requires 75 hours of CNA training in a state approved program, including 16 hours of clinical experiences. 

Summary: 75 hours training


HEADMASTER performs CNA testing in Minnesota. Qualifications for testing include:

  1. You have completed a state-approved nurse aide training program within the past 24 months. 
  2. If you trained in another country. 
  3. If you have not taken a nurse aide training program. 
  4. If you have not worked as a nurse aide in the last 24 months. 
  5. If you are from another state and do not qualify for reciprocity in Minnesota or are not in current status on transferring Registry.
  6. Testing fee will depend which test site you will be taking your exam.
You can review the Minnesota Candidate Handbook for more testing information.

Summary: Testing fee will depend on testing center


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

The cost to renew is free – $0.

The requirements for renewal are:

  1. You must work at least 8 hours as a paid nursing assistant every 24 months.

Summary: Free renewal fee; 8 paid working hours


The employment outlook for CNAs in Minnesota is good. As of 2018, there are 32,410 people employed as CNAs and it is projected to grow by 4% at 2028 making it to 33,820 employees. It’s projected annual job openings between 2018 – 2028 is 3,850.

Summary: 4% projected growth


The average pay rate for CNAs in Minnesota is is $35,044 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $31,939 and $38,698.

Summary: $35, 044 average pay