CNA & LVN Registered Apprenticeship Program

Creating a workforce of highly trained nurse assistants that will provide a solution to the skilled nursing industry’s staffing crisis

The Center for Caregiver Advancement received a $14 million grant from the California Workforce Development Board’s High Road Training Partnerships (HRTP) Resilient Workforce Fund Initiative to expand our CNA and CNA to LVN Registered Apprenticeship Programs* to reach more workers across the state. The apprenticeship programs are designed to create a pathway for career advancement for nursing home workers while providing a solution to the staffing crisis at skilled nursing facilities. 

*These programs prepare participants for the state exam.

If you’re a worker interested in this program, click the link below.

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Long-term care workers at skilled nursing facilities in California provide critical care and health support for the state’s most vulnerable communities. But employee turnover and retention pose massive challenges for the industry, with CNA turnover rates reaching nearly 100%. Workers face significant economic and social barriers that prevent them from being able to participate in traditional licensing programs, contributing to the shortage of qualified nursing assistants.

To help create a pipeline of job-ready nursing home workers, our earn-and-learn apprenticeship program will train 500 new Nursing Assistants in the next three years and pilot a CNA to LVN Registered Apprenticeship Program. The training is free to eligible participants, with robust wraparound support services and financial incentives that address some of the barriers that prevent many from pursuing educational and career advancement. 

We will measure the impact of the program on the workers and the industry through an evaluation study.


(dietary aide, housekeepers, etc., and other community members)
who are ready to take the step toward a nursing career

EARN AND LEARN Participants are hired as apprentices in a nursing aide position and earn wages while they train and prepare for the state certification exam. They also get paid for their hours in the classroom.

RECOGNIZED CREDENTIAL Apprentices gain a nationally recognized credential from the U.S. Department of Labor

NO COST Tuition and all out-of-pocket expenses paid

STIPENDS Participants receive stipends to cover costs of childcare, groceries, and transportation

MENTORING Wrap-around services include mentoring from experienced CNAs and LVNs


The program is available to unionized skilled nursing facilities** that are in the Education Fund, a training fund for members of SEIU Local 2015. As the only Labor Management Partnership within the skilled nursing industry in California, SEIU Local 2015 and nursing home employers are collaborating with CCA in implementing a framework that advances economic, occupational, gender, and racial equity efforts while providing a pathway to fixing an industry crisis. 

What employers get:

  • 100% of participant wages subsidized for their first four weeks of employment as CNAs
  • Ability to shape the program specific to their facility needs
  • Reduced turnover rates
  • Increased retention
  • Elevated quality of care
  • No recruitment and training costs

* SEIU 2015 incumbent nursing home workers from participating facilities or other community members, where eligible

** Facilities must be unionized skilled nursing facilities that have the SEIU 2015 Education Fund in their collective bargaining agreement. Eligibility is limited to facilities that meet Education Fund contribution limits.

For interested employers or if you are interested in training to prepare for the state exam to become a CNA, reach out to our Education Fund team at edfund@advancecaregivers.org.

For media inquiries, contact Pia Orense, Communications Manager, piao@advancecaregivers.org.

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