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Understanding Caregiver Training Requirements for Washington

Title: Home Care Aides

Min. Initial Training Hours: 75

Ongoing Training Hours: 12

State-Specific Curriculum Criteria: Yes

Home Care Aides (HCAs), also known as Long-Term Care Workers (LTCWs) in Washington, must meet specific qualifications regarding their training, experience, and competency through state-approved programs.
They must complete:

  • 75 hours of entry-level training, including 5 hours of orientation and safety training before becoming eligible to provide care. Within 120 days of starting, they must fulfill 70 hours of basic training covering core competencies and population-specific skills and pass the HCA certification exam.
  • 12 hours of continuing education (CE) each year before their birthday to maintain their certification.

Note: Regulations may evolve, so staying informed and aligned with the latest training requirements from state regulatory bodies is imperative.

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    Washington’s Commitment to Senior Care

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    Facing a 28% senior population surge, Washington prioritizes safety and professionalism through strict caregiver training. 75 mandatory hours + annual updates ensure HCAs possess the necessary skills, while around 222-topic curriculum guarantees in-depth knowledge. This commitment empowers caregivers and potentially reduces healthcare costs. Here’s what more you should know:


    Washington Home Care Aides (HCAs) must complete the state-approved basic training and pass the HCA certification exam. Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) have their own state-approved training and certification requirements, distinct from HCAs.


    Unlike many states, Washington does not mandate licensing for HCAs. However, agencies employing HCAs require licensing from DSHS, ensuring adherence to training and quality standards.

    Regulatory Body

    The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) oversees caregiver training regulations, approves training providers, and issues HCA certifications.

    Learn2Care provides comprehensive training designed to equip caregivers with essential skills for success. Our program offers instructor-led, hands-on training tailored to meet the specific needs of home care agencies in Washington.


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    Comprehensive Training for All

    Equip caregivers with essential skills tailored to your agency's needs. Upskill administrators, managers, and office staff in leadership, communication, and team management.

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    Diverse Course Catalog

    230+ online caregiver and leadership training courses, with over 185 engaging hours of content to effectively equip and train your caregivers and home care agency staff.

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    Specialized Learning Paths

    Create personalized learning journeys, tailoring training to specific roles and expertise areas such as Alzheimer's and dementia care, infection control, and restorative care.

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    Efficient Progress Monitoring

    Easily track and report on assignments, completion status, quiz scores, and the individual caregiver's overall progress with our Progress Monitoring system.

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    Meet Federal & State Standards

    Equip your caregivers with content that adheres to the US CMS HHA Conditions of Participation for home health aide services.

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    Customized Course Creation

    Upload your own training materials or empower your team to access built-in courses, streamlining essential training in one accessible location.

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    Ultimate Learning Flexibility for Your Caregivers

    Experience seamless on-the-go learning for caregivers, providing unmatched flexibility in diverse work environments.

    • Learn seamlessly, on-the-go: Access critical resources & complete courses instantly from their devices, even with limited internet access.
    • Access from any device: Your caregivers can learn from whatever device they have: PC or Mac, tablet or iPad, Android or iOS phone.
    All-Inclusive Training

    Complete Caregiver Training Program with Everything Included

    • Person-Centered Home Care
    • Patients' Rights
    • Communication
    • Customer Service
    • Self-Care
    • Infection Control
    • Patient Care Safety: Basics
    • Patient Care Safety: Challenges
    • Your Safety
    • Emergencies and Disasters
    • All Caregivers
    • Homemakers
    • Companions
    • Aides
    • Techniques - Personal Hygiene
    • Aides and ADLs
    • Empathic Care
    • Common Aging Changes & Caregiving Needs
    • Common Diseases
    • Common Disabilities
    • Persons with Dementia
    • End-of-Life Care
    • End of Life Care: Final Moments
    • 360 Care: Your Goodbyes, Grief, and Hello's

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    You need to complete 75 hours of DSHS-approved basic training. This can be done through online or in-person programs. Be sure to choose a DSHS-approved program, as online options require specific approval.

    Caregivers must complete 12 hours of Continuing Education (CE) annually to maintain their state registration. Most training programs offer CE courses as well.

    Our comprehensive curriculum includes essential topics relevant to providing safe and compassionate care, including:

    • Patient care safety: preventing neglect, abuse, and exploitation
    • Responding to emergencies in the home
    • Infection control and basic hygiene practices
    • Back safety and safe movement techniques
    • Helping with activities of daily living (ADLs)
    • Ensuring adequate nutrition & hydration for clients
    • And much more!

    Absolutely! Learn2Care's platform offers flexible, mobile-friendly online courses. Download lessons for offline access, learn from any device and maximize your learning even with busy schedules.

    HCAs provide basic non-medical care, such as assistance with daily living activities. HHAs perform more complex tasks under supervision, like monitoring vital signs and administering medications. CNAs offer the most comprehensive care, including basic nursing skills.

    Unfortunately, existing caregiver training from another state may not automatically qualify you to work as a caregiver in Washington. Each state has its own specific training and certification requirements for caregivers, and Washington is no exception.
    • Existing administrators, managers, and office staff in home care agencies
    • Caregivers looking to climb the career ladder and transition into leadership roles
    • Any aspiring leader in the home care industry who wants to develop their skills
    • Multi-faceted business including budgeting, team management, and performance reviews
    • Leadership behaviors like effective communication, delegation, and conflict resolution
    • Effective communication practices for inspiring and motivating teams
    • Effective problem-solving strategies specific to the home care industry

    Yes, we proudly ensure our training aligns with US CMS HHA Conditions Participation for home health aide services! From infection control to client rights, our courses empower caregivers with the skills needed for compliant and quality care. Dive into our specific course descriptions for in-depth details.

    Here are the benefits of training certification for agencies and caregivers:

    • Enhanced Skills & Confidence: Certification verifies caregiver’s competency, boosting client trust and improving care quality.
    • Reduced Risk & Liability: Compliance with training standards minimizes agency liability and legal risks.
    • Attract & Retain Talent: Certification attracts qualified candidates and motivates existing caregivers, reducing turnover costs.
    • Career Growth & Motivation: Earning certifications empowers caregivers and opens doors to career advancement opportunities.
    • Client Satisfaction & Referrals: Highly trained, certified caregivers lead to happier clients and increased referrals for your agency.

    Overall, certification signifies a dedication to professionalism and high-quality care, enhancing your client's trust in your abilities.