The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of certified nurse aides (CNAs) to increase 19 percent in the decade between 2008 and 2018. Since all nurse aides are required to have training and certification prior to starting work, states need instructors to provide CNA training. There are specific requirements and qualifications a person must meet to become a certified nursing assistant instructor.

Get your nursing license. Become a registered nurse (RN) with your state by completing a nursing educational program and passing the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. Keep your license current, even if you only plan to teach, by completing professional development and continuing education.

Obtain nursing experience. Complete two years of work experience as an RN before applying to become a certified nursing assistant instructor. Spend at least one year of your experience in a long term care facility such as a nursing home or assisted living center. This helps you prepare your students for their job since many will find employment in long term care facilities.

Apply to be an instructor. Find the application to become a certified nursing assistant instructor on the website of the state department that oversees nurse aide certification. States generally assign this task to either the state health department or the state nursing board. Complete the application and submit it along with the application fee. Provide any documentation requested, such as a copy of your current RN license.

Attend a training class. Find out when the next train-the-trainer class will be conducted for people who have applied to become a certified nursing assistant instructor. Participate in the training, and learn how to teach and prepare CNA students for their future job. Complete the class and apply for open positions as a certified nursing aide instructor at local community colleges and technical schools.