Caregiver Certification Training Requirements By State

Licensed senior home care agencies provide "private-duty" senior care services given by certified caregivers. Caregivers may be trained as Companion Caregivers, Home Health Aides or Certified Nursing Aides. Senior Care Co.'s Train Staff for companion care, meeting each state’s requirement for caregiver certification. Caregivers may purchase annual certification training for $59 or $79.

Caregiver training requirements for each state are shown below. Purchase an 8-hour or 10-hour online Certified Caregiver Training course meeting the standards recommended by the Professional Association of Caregivers. State training topics for certification may be viewed on each state’s page, showing the specific topics that are covered in the online certification course.

Learn how caregiver certification varies in each state and click to see your state’s initial training, renewal training, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia training and hours and topics.

StateTraining HoursSpecial RequirementsHome Care LicensingNon-Medical TraningAdditional
Alabama8Buy TrainingNo licensing requirementsNo training hours required
Alaska8Buy TrainingNo licensing requirements (only business license required)Professional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification CourseCPR, First Aid Training, TB test are required.
Arizona8Buy TrainingLicensure for Home Care Agencies Requires Basic Caregiver Training. DCW Caregivers for Medicaid (ALTECS) Must Have 6 Hours of TrainingProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Arkansas8Buy TrainingProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
California10Buy Training5 Hours Training Prior to Presence with a Client + 5 Hours Annual TrainingCaregiverlist Basic California Training Meets 10 Hour Requirement
Colorado8Buy TrainingPersonal Care8 Hours
Connecticut8Buy TrainingPersonal Care - Home care agencies not licensed under Dept. of Health but "registered" under Dept. of Consumer Protection, which requires background checks, basic training.Professional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification CourseBackground check required.
Delaware8Buy TrainingPersonal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
District of Columbia8Buy TrainingPersonal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Florida8Buy TrainingPersonal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Georgia8Buy TrainingCompanion/Homemaker, Personal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Hawaii8Buy TrainingProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Idaho8Buy TrainingNo training required
Illinois8Buy TrainingHome Services8 hours
Indiana8Buy TrainingCompanion/Homemaker, Personal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Iowa8Buy TrainingNo license requiredProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification CourseHome care agency provides training.
Kansas8Buy TrainingProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification CourseHome care agency provides training.
Kentucky8Buy TrainingProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Louisiana12Buy TrainingProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification CourseHome care agency provides training. training details
Maine8Buy TrainingProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification CourseHome care agency provides training.
Maryland8Buy TrainingPersonal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Massachusetts8Buy TrainingSpecial Business LicenseProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Michigan8Buy TrainingNo licensing requiredProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Minnesota8Buy TrainingSpecial Business License, Personal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Mississippi8Buy TrainingProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Missouri8Buy TrainingProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Montana8Buy TrainingProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Nebraska8Buy TrainingPersonal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course16 of the 75 hours must be supervised training
Nevada8Buy TrainingCompanion/Homemaker, Personal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course Covering 16 SubjectsNo specified number of required training hours, but training in 16 subjects is required by the state.
New Hampshire8Buy TrainingCompanion/Homemaker, Personal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification CourseHome care agency provides training.
New Jersey76Companion/Homemaker, Personal Care76 hours
New Mexico8Buy TrainingProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
New York8Buy TrainingPersonal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
North Carolina8Buy TrainingPersonal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
North Dakota8Buy TrainingNo training required
Ohio8Buy TrainingNo training required
Oklahoma8Buy TrainingPersonal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Oregon8Buy TrainingPersonal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Pennsylvania8Buy TrainingPersonal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification CourseMust be completed within first 3 months of employment
Rhode Island8Buy TrainingPersonal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course20 hours in classroom; 5 hours practical
South Carolina8Buy TrainingEstablished - postponed drafting specifics until OctoberProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
South Dakota8Buy TrainingProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Tennessee8Buy TrainingPersonal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Texas8Buy TrainingPersonal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Utah8Buy TrainingCompanion/Homemaker, Personal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Vermont8Buy TrainingProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification CourseCaregivers must pass a state test as well as a background check and drug test.
Virginia8Buy TrainingPersonal CareProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Washington1285 hours to become a CNACompanion/Homemaker, Personal Care75 hours before caregiver can be staffed by licensed agency.85 hours to become a CNA
West Virginia8Buy TrainingNo licensing requirementsProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Wisconsin8Buy TrainingNo licensing requirements for personal careProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course
Wyoming8Buy TrainingProfessional Association of Caregivers Recommends 8 hour Certification Course

Why Do Caregivers Obtain Caregiver Certification Online?

Online caregiver training allows caregivers to get certified at anytime, from anywhere. It also makes it easy for caregivers to get annual certification training each year. Caregiver certification training delivers a standard of quality for caregiving, for both the caregivers delivering the care and the senior care companies managing the care. There are many state regulations that protect caregivers as workers, and protect the privacy of care recipients, who may be seniors who are experiencing changing health conditions and memory loss.

Professional caregivers receive the status of certification for completing state-mandated caregiver training along with the added value of passing an exam to confirm retention of the knowledge.

Senior caregivers will care for adults who sometimes are not accepting of receiving care and who may not have family members who live close to them. The senior caregiver certification courses teach caregivers how to professionally manage all the different aspects of senior care, and to understand the systems that can be implemented to deliver high quality care.

Caregivers provide emotional care and also have the challenge of caring for their own needs. The Caregiverlist® caregiver certification training supports caregivers with tools to help relieve caregiver stress and certificates to reward them for their training accomplishments.

How does caregiver certification training work?

Once a caregiver purchases the training course or receives an enrollment invitation from a senior care company, they will log-in to their own caregiver certification training account. Caregivers may log-in and out, as needed, and take the training at their own pace. Once they finish reading the training content and watching the videos, they may click on the exam to confirm their knowledge and receive their certificate to show they are a certified caregiver.

The ​Caregiverlist® training leads the industry in offering easy-to-use training on any device. Caregivers may become certified on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop. And, best of all, the ​Caregiverlist® training was created by senior care professionals who understand the challenges of caregiving. Senior care companies enjoy the many unique tools our learning management system delivers to make it easy to provide reports to senior company state training auditors and to keep up with state mandated caregiver training topics. If you aren’t sure about your state’s laws and mandates, just reach out to us.

Are Caregivers Required to Take Annual Renewal Training?

States require renewal training each year in order to maintain certification as a caregiver. As senior caregivers will experience care needs for many different age-related diseases and conditions, the ongoing training allows caregivers to expand their knowledge as caregivers for Parkinsons’ disease and all the various types of dementia. Renewal caregiver certification may be taken online each year. Caregivers are able to keep all of their previous training certifications in their online caregiver profile.

How do Caregivers Receive their Online Caregiver Certificates?

Certificates are available for caregivers in wall-size or wallet-size. Caregivers may also upload their photos onto their certificates after they have finished their course and passed the exam. Caregivers may also take the exam again if they would like to be given a new set of questions and try for a higher score. The recognition of certification assists in growing a career in the senior care industry.

Online caregiver certification delivers the benefit of being able to take the training from anywhere at anytime. Caregiverlist® has lead the way in online caregiver training, and allows caregivers to keep all of their training certificates in one place and return each year for renewal training. Senior care companies nationwide turn to Caregiverlist® to train their caregivers, consistently confirming the Caregiver Training University learning management system as the easiest for caregivers to use and the best online caregiver training on the market. Caregivers enjoy the recognition they receive and knowing the training has been created just for in-home caregivers by experienced senior care professionals. Training updates happen continuously, keeping up with new developments and techniques in senior care and, of course, new viruses. The in-the-cloud training platform delivers an enjoyable experience for caregivers with modern interactive content.

Caregiver T-shirts and Lapel Pins

Caregivers may purchase a pink or gray certification t-shirt and a lapel pin to showcase their caregiver certification. Styles and sizes vary from fits-like-a-medium close-fitting Large V-neck to Beefy-T Unisex T-shirts in Large, XL and XXL. Some caregivers wear the t-shirts as a uniform.

Long-term Care Insurance Caregiver Certification

Long-term care insurance companies also usually require caregivers to be certified in order for their policies to pay for their care. The Caregiverlist® training fulfills the requirements for long-term care insurance caregiver certification training.

The team at Caregiverlist has worked in senior care for more than 20 years, with founders who operated a successful senior care company (that was purchased by a national corporation). Our courses are written for caregivers, not for doctors and nurses! We also enjoy connecting with caregivers and are available to speak with anyone who has questions or needs assistance with their caregiver certification. Just give us a call at: 312-669-8820. Or email us at: susan@caregiverlist.com

We’re Certified Too

Caregiverlist® delivers the U.S.A.’s only online senior caregiver certification training approved as a diversity supplier Women’s Business Enterprise , successfully completing a rigorous and stringent certification process to confirm the business is owned, managed and controlled by a woman or women to be a WBENC-Certified business. WBENC Certification serves as the most widely recognized and respected national certification for women-owned businesses in the U.S.A.