Understand training requirements for Massachusetts

What are we calling caregivers in this state?

  • Homemaker
  • Personal Care Aide (PCA)
  • Supportive Home Care Aide (SHCA)
  • Home Health Aide (HHA)
  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
  • Adult Foster Caregiver

Number of hours to meet the requirement for initial onboarding training

  • Homemakers – 40 hours
  • Personal Care Aides – 60 hours
  • Supportive Personal Care Aides – 87 hours
  • Home Health Aides (HHAs) – 75hours
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNAs) – 75 hours

Number of hours to meet the requirement for annual training

  • Homemakers – 6 hours
  • Personal Care Aides – 6 hours
  • Supportive Personal Care Aides – not specified; CareAcademy recommends 6 hours
  • Home Health Aides (HHAs) – 12 hours
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNAs) – no annual training requirement

Caregivers can get the following training through CareAcademy

  • Homemakers need 5 hours of initial training and 5 hours of annual training in specific topics which CareAcademy offers.
  • Personal Care Aide (PCA) need 3 hours of agency-specific orientation and 57 hours of initial training which CareAcademy offers.
  • Supportive Home Care Aide (SHCA) need 87 hours of initial training some of which CareAcademy can offer. 
  • 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.

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 Massachusetts are licensed. The different Agency license types in Massachusetts include:
Home Care Agency
Home Health Agency
Hospice
Assisted Living Facility
Important to know

Licensing authorities

Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs

Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards

Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS)

Which classes meet the requirements?

Homemaker Initial Training

Some required topics include:

  • Communication
  • Body Systems and Common Diseases
  • Infection Control

A few CareAcademy class solutions

  • CARE0107 – Working with an Aging Population
  • CARE0700 – Maintaining a Clean & Healthy Environment (Infection Control)
  • CARE0536 – Overview of Body Systems

Homemaker Annual Training

Some required topics include:

Topics are not specified for annual training requirements for Homemakers. For best practices, Homemakers are recommended to take annual training in areas specific to their competency needs and client population.

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

Personal Care Aide
Initial Training

A few CareAcademy class solutions

  • Communication
  • Body Systems and Common Diseases
  • Infection Control

A few, approved CareAcademy class solutions

  • CARE0107 – Working with an Aging Population
  • CARE0700 – Maintaining a Clean & Healthy Environment (Infection Control)
  • CARE0536 – Overview of Body Systems

Personal Care Aide Annual Training

Some required topics include:

Topics are not specified for annual training requirements for Personal Care Aides. For best practices, Personal Care Aides are recommended to take annual training in areas specific to their competency needs and client population.

A few, approved 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

Supportive Personal Care Aide Initial Training

Some required topics include:

CareAcademy recommends the CareAcademy Home Health Aide initial training to cover part of this requirement and to take the only approved training program from the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for full compliance.

A few CareAcademy class solutions

  • What Does It Mean To Be A Professional Caregiver?
  • Working with an Aging Population
  • Maintaining a Clean & Healthy Environment (Infection Control)
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Safety Precautions & Falls Prevention: Part 1

Supportive Personal Care Aide Annual Training

Some required topics include:

There are no required topics for annual training for Home Health Aides (HHAs). HHAs should take annual training in areas specific to their competency needs and client population.

A few CareAcademy class solutions

  • What Does It Mean To Be A Professional Caregiver?
  • Working with an Aging Population
  • Maintaining a Clean & Healthy Environment (Infection Control)
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Safety Precautions & Falls Prevention: Part 1

HHA Initial Training

Some required topics include:

  • Communication
  • Body Systems and Common Diseases
  • Infection Control

A few CareAcademy class solutions

  • Communicating with Older Adults
  • Working with an Aging Population
  • Maintaining a Clean & Healthy Environment (Infection Control)
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Safety Precautions & Falls Prevention: Part 1

CNA Annual Training

Some required topics include:

Annual training is not required for Certified Nurse Aides. For best practices, CareAcademy recommends Certified Nurse Aides take annual training in areas specific to their competency needs and client population.

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

CNA Initial Training

CNAs must complete initial training through an approved vocational school.

HHA Annual Training

Some required topics include:

Topics are not specified for annual training requirements for Home Health Aides. For best practices, Home Health Aides are recommended to take annual training in areas specific to their competency needs and client population.

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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