Requirements for Home Care Aide Certification

  1. Complete the fingerprint-based background check (If Unemployed or starting an Adult Family Home, Put Unemployed in Application and your Fingerprint is free)
  2. Submit a completed home care aide application to the Department of Health, including the
    Employment Verification form, within 14 days of hire.
  3. Complete the 75-hour long-term care worker basic training.
  4. Pass the Prometric Knowledge and Skills Certification Exam

You must complete all training within 120 calendar days of the date of hire. The deadline to
become certified as a home care aide is 200 days from date of hire. If you do not meet these time
frames, you are no longer eligible to provide care. You must stop working until you receive a home
care aide certification.

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75 Hour Home Care Aide Training

The following short presentation provided by Washington DSHS will help you understand:

  • New terms you need to know
  • What classes make up the 75 hours of training
  • Who must take and who is exempt from 75 hours of training and home care aide certification
  • Other training that may be required
  • Tools to understand the steps needed to complete training and home care aide certification