HHA Training & Certification
The training and certification required to become a home health aide vary widely based on your location and type of employer.
Home health aides are not currently required to hold a high school diploma or GED by the U.S. federal government. However, completing high school prior to pursuing home health training is a good idea — especially since states and many employers do require that home health aides possess a high school diploma.
Home health aide training is available from a variety of sources including community and junior colleges, nonprofit organizations, and employers. Some organizations offer a combined training program. For example, in Massachusetts the American Red Cross offers a combined Nurse Assistant and Home Health Aide Training Program. Upon completing this program, students will be prepared to deliver basic care for patients in medical facilities and private residences.
Training and certification typically requires a combination of classroom and practical instruction and competency evaluations.
Read these articles to learn more about HHA training and certification requirements:
Home Health Aide Certification
How to Become a Home Health Aide