Understand Training Requirements for California

What are we calling caregivers in this state?

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNAs)
  • Home Health Aides (HHAs)
  • Home Care Aides (HCAs)
  • Residential Care Facility Staff
  • Various nursing professionals

Number of hours to meet the requirement for initial onboarding training

  • Home Health Aides (HHAs) – 120 hours
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNAs) – 150 hours
  • Home Care Aides (HCAs) – 5 hours
  • Residential Care Facility Staff – 40 hours

Number of hours to meet the requirement for annual training

  • Home Health Aides (HHAs) – 24 hours
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNAs) – 48 hours
  • Home Care Aides (HCAs) – 5 hours
  • Residential Care Facility Staff – 20 hours
  • Various nursing professionals – 30 hours

Caregivers can get the following training through CareAcademy

  • Home Care Aides (HCA) need 5 hours of initial training and 5 hours of annual training in specific topics which CareAcademy offers.
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNAs) need 48 hours of continuing education over 2 years, 24 hours can be obtained through an approved provider like CareAcademy (NAC provider number 7047). At least 12 hours need to be taken each year.
  • Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) staff need 40 hours of initial training in specific topics and 20 hours of annual training in specific topics which CareAcademy offers.
  • Nursing Professionals need 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years which can be obtained through CareAcademy’s licensed ANCC approved CE.

What do you need to know about caregiver training requirements?

Caregiver training requirements are determined by the care setting in which they work. Care settings in California are licensed. The different license types in California include:

Adult Day Center

Home Care Aide Organizations

Hospice

Medicare-Certified Home Health

Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE)

Important to know

Licensing Authorities

  • HCAs: California Department of Social Services; Home Care Service Bureau
  • HHAs: California Department of Public Health Training Program Review Unit (TPRU); California Department of Public Health Licensing and Certification Program
  • CNAs: California Department of Public Health Training Program Review Unit (TPRU), California Department of Public Health Licensing and Certification Program
  • Residential Care Facility Staff: California Department of Social Services

Which classes meet the requirements? 

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HCA initial training

Some required topics include:

  • Safety
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Infection Control

A few CareAcademy class solutions

  • CARE0100 – What Does It Mean To Be A Professional Caregiver?
  • CARE0107 – Working with an Aging Population
  • CARE0700 – Maintaining a Clean & Healthy Environment (Infection Control)
  • CARE0800 – Emergency Procedures
  • CARE0802 – Safety Precautions & Falls Prevention: Part 1
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HCA annual training

Some required topics include:

  •  Clients’ rights and safety
  • How to provide for, and respond to, a
    client’s daily living needs.
  • How to report, prevent, and detect
    abuse and neglect.

A few CareAcademy class solutions

  • CARE0202 – Clients’ Rights, HIPAA & Elder Abuse Prevention
  • CARE0300 – Assisting with Personal Care Through ADLs
  • CARE0400 – Assisting with Independent Living Through IADLs
  • CARE0803 – Safety Precautions & Falls Prevention: Part 2
  • CARE1200 – Introduction to Dementia Care
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HHA initial training

  • HHAs must complete initial training through an approved vocational school.
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HHA annual training

  • HHAs must complete annual training through an approved, in-person training program.
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CNA initial training

  • CNAs must complete initial training through an approved vocational school.
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CNA annual training

  • CareAcademy offers approved annual training for CNAs in California.
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Nurse annual training

  • CareAcademy offers licensed ANCC accredited nurse continuing education to help meet the annual training requirements for nurses in California.

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