Understand training requirements for Illinois

Caregiving roles in Illinois

  • In-home Service Workers
  • Home Care Supervisors
  • Home Care Aides (HCAs)
  • Home Health Aides (HHAs)
  • Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs)

Number of hours to meet the requirement for initial onboarding training

  • Sexual Harassment – training in specific topics
  • In-home Service Workers – 8 hours
  • Home Care Supervisors – certification training
  • Home Care Aides (HCAs) – 24 hours
  • Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia – 6 hours
  • Home Health Aides (HHAs) – 120 hours
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNAs) – 120 hours

Number of hours to meet the requirement for annual training

  • Sexual Harassment – training in specific topics
  • In-home Service Workers – 8 hours
  • Home Care Supervisors  – 24 hours
  • Home Care Aides (HCAs) – 12 hours
  • Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia – 3 hours
  • Home Health Aides (HHAs) – 12 hours
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNAs) – no annual training requirement

Caregivers can get the following training through CareAcademy

  • Sexual Harassment training is needed for all staff in specific topics within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter which CareAcademy offers.
  • Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia training is needed for applicable staff and administrators upon hire and annually thereafter which CareAcademy offers. 
  • In-home Service Workers need at least 8 hours initially and annually thereafter which CareAcademy offers. 
  • Home Care Supervisors need to complete a department-approved certifiaction program and 24 hours annually thereafter. CareAcademy offers annual training solutions for Home Care Supervisors.
  • Home Care Aides (HCAs) need 24 hours initially and 12 hours annually thereafter which CareAcademy offers. 
  • Home Health Aides (HHAs) need 120 hours of certification training and 12 hours annually thereafter. CareAcademy offers annual training for HHAs.
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNAs) need 120 hours of certification training and are not required to take annual training. CareAcademy recommends CNAs take 12 hours annually for best practices which CareAcademy offers.

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:
Home Health Agency
Home Service Agency
Important to know

Licensing authorities

Illinois Department of Public Health

Illinois Department on Aging

Community Care Program Medicaid Waiver Conditions of Participation

Which classes meet the requirements?

Initial Training

Some required topics include:
Communication, Body Systems and Commons Diseases, and Infection Control
A few CareAcademy class solutions:
  • CARE0107 – Working with an Aging Population
  • CARE0536 – Overview of Body Systems
  • CARE0700 – Maintaining a Clean & Healthy Environment (Infection Control)

Annual Training

Some required topics include:
Clients’ right 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:
  • CARE0103 – Communicating with Older Adults
  • CARE0113 – Professionalism: Communication, Problem Solving & Cultural Competency
  • CARE0203 – Observation, Reporting & Documentation: Part 1
  • CARE0202 – Clients’ Rights, HIPAA & Elder Abuse Prevention

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