States frequently offer personal care assistant training free of charge. The Minnesota Department of Human Services offers training to acquire a certificate through its website, as of 2015. However, most agencies do not require employees to have a special certificate. Alternatively, many jobs provide workers free PCA training.
Companies hiring personal care attendants, sometimes called "program counselors," often do not require applicants to have previous experience. Meridian Services is one company that hires individuals to care for mentally and physically disabled people, as well as the elderly. Craigslist is a resource through which you can find and post PCA job opportunities.