Although no standard national certification exists for home health aides, federal legislation requires that all Medicare-certified home health agencies hire only individuals who have completed at least 75 hours of state-approved training. Educational requirements for home health aides vary by state, employer and training program.
Federal regulations further require that training for home health aides consist of at least 16 hours of supervised practical training and 12 hours of continuing education per year. Only 16 states require more training than the federal minimum of 75 hours.
The Institute of Medicine recommends increasing the mandated training hours for home health aides to 120 hours. Only California, Illinois, Wisconsin, Maine, Idaho and Alaska currently meet this standard.