You might not need formal training from a school to be a home health aide, but you will still have to meet certain federal requirements.
To work as an HHA in any state that is reimbursed by Medicare or Medicaid, the minimum requirement of your education certifications are at least six months of classwork and supervised clinical experience under the supervision of trained professionals who specialize in healthcare for seniors.
The hours of training and evaluation required for home health aides to work in your state can range from the federal minimum of 75 hours up to one year. States may set a higher requirement, so it is important that you research what requirements are necessary where you plan on working as an aide.
As the demand for home health aides increases, so too does their training and certification requirements.
For example, some states require more hours of training than that mandated by federal law in order to work as a certified aide. States may also establish additional criteria such as completing an approved course or passing a competency evaluation before being eligible to apply for state-issued credentials.