Finding Caregiver Certification Programs

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.

Comments (10) -

  • Vanessa

    3/29/2010 8:55:03 PM | Reply

    want to know where i can find some caregiver courses?

  • christina

    9/24/2010 8:15:08 PM | Reply

    my thought is hoping to find a program not to expensive

  • jesus adan angulo

    10/9/2010 3:45:54 PM | Reply

    yes im interested in taking cargiving classes

  • judith

    1/24/2011 3:52:10 AM | Reply

    I am interested in these coursesin Denver, Co

  • Romualda Vazquez

    5/17/2011 5:33:21 PM | Reply

    I just want to know how much for the training

  • Donna McDonald

    7/30/2011 6:39:31 PM | Reply

    I am an unemployed single parent who had to move in with my mother. At the start of this process I was looking for work and within amonth my mother decided she needed me to stay at the house and take care of her. I am wondering how I can get certified so I can get paid for all the time I put into her care. I sleep maybe four hours a night because she needs to be helped into the bathroom every two hours, and I don't take naps during the day in case she needs me.
    My older sister also lives in the house but she has a full time job, she is deaf and wears hearing aids so she doesn't hear my mother when she calls. can you give me any advice?
    Sincerly Donna McDonald

  • johnny

    10/15/2011 12:56:41 PM | Reply

    i need to know caregiver training certificate exam test

  • Yvonne Payne

    11/2/2011 3:27:56 PM | Reply

    I'm looking for a caregiver certification program in or near Garland, Tx. that offers financial aid.

  • Noel Urbano

    3/25/2012 10:51:18 PM | Reply

    Im looking for caregiver certification program here in Baltimore.

  • Sandra D Caviness

    4/23/2012 1:32:19 AM | Reply

    I live in the District of Columbia and I would like to know how I can become a Certified Caregiver.  I have been taking care of my Mom for 5 years, four of those years I was working full time and a year ago the company that I worked for downsized, and I am applying for full time or partime jobs.  While applying for jobs, I am taking care of my Mom 24/7
    but no compensation.


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