Understand training requirements for Virginia

Caregiving roles in Virginia

  • Personal Care Aides (PCAs)
  • Home Health Aides (HHAs)
  • Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs)

Number of hours to meet the requirement for initial onboarding training

  • Personal Care Aides (PCAs) – 40 hours
  • Home Health Aides (HHAs) – 75 hours
  • Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) – 80 hours

Number of hours to meet the requirement for annual training

  • Personal Care Aides (PCAs) – 12 hours
  • Home Health Aides (HHAs) – 12 hours
  • Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) – no annual training requirement

Caregivers can get the following training through CareAcademy

  • Personal Care Aides (PCAs) need 40 hours of initial training and 12 hours of annual training which CareAcademy offers. There are two different types of PCA in Virginia and CAreAcademy offers training to meet both sets of requirements.
  • Home Health Aides (HHAs) need 75 hours of initial training and 12 hours of annual training which CareAcademy offers.
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNAs) 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 Virginia are required to be licensed. The different agency license types in Virginia include:
Home Health Agency
Home Care Organizations
Important to know

Licensing authorities

Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus Waiver Provider Conditions of Participation

Virginia Department of Health

Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS)

Which classes meet the requirements?

PCA 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
  • CARE0536 – Overview of Body Systems
  • CARE0700 – Maintaining a Clean & Healthy Environment (Infection Control)

PCA 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

HHA Initial Training

A few CareAcademy class solutions

  • Communication
  • Body Systems and Common Diseases
  • Infection Control

A few, approved CareAcademy class solutions

  • CARE0103 – Communicating with Older Adults
  • CARE0107 – Working with an Aging Population
  • CARE0700 – Maintaining a Clean & Healthy Environment (Infection Control)
  • CARE0800 – Emergency Procedures
  • CARE0802 – Safety Precautions & Falls Prevention: Part 1

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, 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

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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