Is it going to make you less employable as a CNA? Until you have some experience, yeah, it would. After youve worked as a CNA for a while it probably wouldnt make much difference, although it still might with some employers. I guess the first thing I would ask if I was hiring is what other education or experience do you have that would replace the formal training you skipped, as there are plenty of applicants out there who HAVE passed a CNA course.
Some employers in my state will list under job requirements that you completed a state approved CNA course, they dont even require that you have taken the actual CNA exam and been certified, although anyone they hire must take the exam and become certified within 90 days of being hired I believe. This is relevant because it shows that employers are more concerned that you have been properly trained and less concerned about how you did on one test that only tested you on a few areas based on skill sheets anyone can memorize, even if they have no training.
The last thing any employer wants to do is have to train somebody from scratch, which is why most require job experience. Having no formal training and no experience, they WOULD have to train you completely from scratch. This might not be an issue in assisted living, but I doubt you would be hired at a busy skilled nursing facility or hospital, which are the ones who pay the best.
There is also the question of whether they would know you never took a CNA course. I cant imagine they wouldnt know, as every job application has a section on education, and most employers would want to know where you did your training at, since reputations among schools
vary. The only place that wouldnt realize you never had any training would be a facility with horrible hiring practices who hire anybody with a CNA and a pulse who passes a background check. Im sure these places exist, especially in Florida with the large elderly population, but they probably dont pay very well and probably wouldnt be a very nice place to work(or live).