Overview

The HCA Training Certificate is a 75-hour basic training course approved by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). It is required for all long-term care workers (LTCWs) in the State of Washington. LTCWs include caregivers and sometimes activities and transport personnel who work in residential care settings. Residential care settings are assisted living facilities (ALF), adult family homes (AFH) and home-care agencies. LTCWs also include individual providers (IPs) through the DSHS COPES Program.


The HCA Training Certificate must be completed 120 days after hire. Proof of completion must be submitted with your HCA Application to take the WA State HCA Certification Examination.


You may achieve a 75-hr HCA Training Certificate in two ways:

  1. Purchase and complete one of our six HCA Learning Plans.
  2. Purchase and complete all required HCA training courses individually.

HCA Training Requirements

 The required training is made up of three focus areas: 

  1. ORIENTATION + SAFETY TRAINING
  2. CORE BASIC TRAINING
  3. POPULATION SPECIFIC TRAINING

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1. orientation + safety training (5 hours)

Orientation and Safety Training gives you a solid foundation on how to provide personal care and protect the health and safety of yourself and your clients.


Approved Course:

OS101 | Orientation and Safety Training (5 hrs) - $20


Included in HCA Learning Plans:  

HCA Learning Plan 1 - $664

HCA Learning Plan 2 - $533

HCA Learning Plan 5 - $428



2. core basic training (58 hours)

Core Basic Training discusses the expectations of home care aides through interactive instruction, common client scenarios, and skills practice. 


It is broken into two different types of training, online and in-person skills labs.


The Core Basic Skills Lab is spread over two days and is offered through our courses titled "CB201 | Skills Lab Day 1" and "CB202 | Skills Lab Day 2". You may take the two days back-to-back as they are scheduled, or you may choose to take them separately. Skills Lab Day 1 must be completed prior to Skills Lab Day 2. (View upcoming Skills Lab sessions)


Approved Courses:

CB201 | Skills Lab Day 1 (8 hrs) - $99

CB202 | Skills Lab Day 2 (8 hrs) - $99

CB101 | Introduction + The Client (3 hrs) - $15

CB102 | Person-Centered Care (3 hrs) - $15

CB103 | Communication (3 hrs) - $15

CB104 | Client Rights (3 hrs) - $15

CB105 | Caregiver Responsibilities (3 hrs) - $15

CB106 | Infection Control + Food Handling (3 hrs) - $15

CB107 | Infectious Diseases (3 hrs) - $15

CB108 | Mobility + Skin Care (3 hrs) - $15

CB109 | Body Care (3 hrs) - $15

CB110 | Nutrition (3 hrs) - $15

CB111 | The Process of Elimination (3 hrs) - $15

CB112 | Medications + Self-Directed Care (3 hrs) - $15

CB113 | Self-Care + Grief and Loss (3 hrs) - $30

CB114 | Review + Final Exam (3 hrs) - $0


Included in HCA Learning Plans:

HCA Learning Plan 1 - $664

HCA Learning Plan 2 - $553

HCA Learning Plan 3 - $644

HCA Learning Plan 4 - $533

HCA Learning Plan 5 - $428

HCA Learning Plan 6 - $408

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3. population specific training (12 hours)

You can think of this training requirement as similar to “college electives” as there are a variety of courses you can take to make up your 12-hour minimum requirement. Only certain courses are approved for Population Specific training so be sure to confirm that the course(s) you choose meet this requirement.


If you have questions about which courses to take for your Population Specific component of this training, be sure to let us know.


Approved Courses:

CC401 | Mental Health Level 1 (8 hrs) - $118

CC402 | Dementia Level 1 (8 hrs) - $118

CC404 | Nurse Delegation (9 hrs) - $70

CC405 | Nurse Delegation Focus on Diabetes (3 hrs) - $55


Included in HCA Learning Plans: 

HCA Learning Plan 1 - $664

HCA Learning Plan 2 - $553

HCA Learning Plan 3 - $644

HCA Learning Plan 4 - $533

If you have questions about your application or general HCA credentialing questions, please contact the Department of Health Home Care Aide Call Center at 1 (360) 236-4700.