If the idea of working with patients in a home care setting appeals to you, Home Health Aide training courses can help you become a certified caregiver in just a matter of weeks.
Most programs consist of a federally-mandated minimum of 75 total hours of study (16 of which occur in a clinical environment) and award a certificate that makes their graduates eligible to work at most home care agencies and assisted living facilities.
Best of all, the demand for CHHAs is at historic levels right now with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating a 70% increase in new positions through the year 2020!
How Long is HHA Training?
As stated above, HHA training programs are required by federal law to consist of at least 75 hours. On average, this will mean that you should be able to complete your certification program in as little as one month.
In some states, however, the requirement is considerably higher. To see a state-by-state breakdown of training requirements, check out the following resource provided by PHInational.org.Read More!
What are Typical Course Prerequisites?
The standard prerequisites for Home Health Aide classes usually consist of the following:
- Applicants must pass a screening for tuberculosis
- Applicants may not have any felonies on their record
- Most states require HHAs to be at least 18 years old
It should be noted that some classes have their own admission requirements in addition to those listed above.
How to Choose a Home Health Aide Certification Program
A quick search for HHA programs in your area (see our search feature in the upper right) will probably reveal that you have several choices. With that being the case, an obvious question becomes “How do I choose the best one for me?” Here are a few things to look for:
Accreditation by the ACHC
The Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) is a national organization that oversees HHA training programs and ensures that they meet not only federal educational guidelines, but also current industry standards. Asking whether or not a school is ACHC-accredited should be part of your interview process with prospective programs.
Needless to say, you’ll also want to consider whether or not you meet the program’s admission requirements. While this will generally consist of just the typical prerequisites listed above, there may be some schools that additionally require applicants to post minimum scores on basic skills tests, etc. Be sure to ask about this when talking to representatives from each program.
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
While there are free HHA training courses available in some areas, the majority of accredited courses do have fees associated with them. Set a realistic budget you can afford to live on while attending school, determine how much it allows for tuition and other education costs, and then make sure that the course you choose fits within the parameters you’ve set. Many programs also either offer financial assistance to students, or can connect them with organizations that do.
Find Your Classes Now!
Using either the search feature at the top of this page, or the school listings featured below, you can now start your search for classes in your area. Any of the programs featured on this page can provide you with type of quality Home Health Aide training described above and can help you become eligible for certification in your state!