Understand training requirements for New Jersey

Caregiving roles in New Jersey

  • Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA)

  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

Number of hours to meet the requirement for initial onboarding training

  • Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA)  – 76 hours

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNAs) – 90 hours

Number of hours to meet the requirement for annual training

  • Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) –  12 hours

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNAs) – do not have an annual training requirement

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 New Jersey are licensed. The different Agency license types in New Jersey include:
Home Care Service Forms
Home Health Agency
Assisted Living Facility
Important to know

Licensing authorities

CAHC

Commission for Accreditation of Home Care

DCA

Division of Consumer Affairs

BON

Board of Nursing

Which classes meet the requirements?

HHA Initial Training

Some required topics include:
Communication Body Systems and Common Disease 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

HHA Annual Training

Some required topics include:
Topics are not specified for annual training requirements for Certified Home Health Aides. For best practices, Certified 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

CNA Initial Training

CNAs must complete initial training through an approved vocational school.

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

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