Senior caregivers working in the home as companion caregivers do not require formal certifications. However, caregivers assisting seniors who need hands-on care or receiving hospice care, may require a Certified Nursing Aide or Certified Home Health Aide.
Senior caregivers may obtain a caregiver certification through an approved 10-hour online caregiver training program (meeting the requirements for training for caregivers working for licensed senior home care agencies, as passed by law in some states, such as Illinois). The online caregiver training requires passing at an 80% pass rate for each skill module and then you will receive a certificate of completion and your name will go into the database to show you passed.
Community colleges, technical colleges, high schools and universities provide certification programs. Sometimes nursing facilities and hospitals also provide certification training programs for their employees and pay for the training for the caregivers who are working for them.
The cost ranges from $500 to $2,000, usually, with tuition assistance programs, scholarships and grants often available. In some cities, community colleges offer special tuition through job training programs. Call the school admissions office to find out how you can qualify for tuition assistance and scholarships.
You can learn about nursing aide and home health aide training programs, and find a certification program in your area on Caregiverlist. As senior care will be one of the top employers in the coming decade, certification delivers stable employment, as some of our caregivers share in their caregiving stories.