Training as a certified home health aide or nursing assistant are two options for home care professionals. Classes are available through community colleges, vocational and nursing schools, and on-line programs. The minimum certification requirements as a home health aide are 75 hours of coursework, including 15 hours of clinical training.
Classes cover identifying patients' needs, nutrition, personal care services, prevention and cleanliness. In addition to the specific home health aide or nursing assistant training, home care professionals must have a high school diploma or general educational development certificate and complete a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course offered through their training program or a local agency such as the American Red Cross. Long term or acute care courses are additional options for those completing home health aide or nursing assistant training. Training for family caregivers and home care training in specific types of care, such as dementia, diabetes, Parkinson's disease and post-hospital care, are also available through various training programs.
State certification requirements for home care professionals vary, but typically they require passing scores on written and skills examinations, in addition to completion of the required training. In addition to home health or nursing assistant training and certification, voluntary certification through the National Association for Home Care and Hospice supplements one's credentials, with the potential for increased job opportunities and higher pay rates.