Training Requirements and Classes

Important Information About Core Basic Training Updates

Long-term care worker employers and training programs were recently invited to participate in a webinar or in-person meeting to receive information to help caregivers and students be successful in their training and on their home care aide certification exam. View the Core Basic Training Update webinar presentation. (PDF)

Mental Health, Level 1: Capable Caregiving for Mental Wellness

DSHS is replacing the 2008 Mental Health Specialty Training curriculum with the new 8-hour Mental Health, Level 1: Capable Caregiving for Mental Wellness. This new Specialty Training curriculum replaces both the 6-hour manager Mental Health Specialty and 4-hour Long Term Worker Mental Health Specialty Training.

What must I do to use the new Mental Health Specialty curriculum?

  • Community Instructors: All currently approved Community Instructors must complete the new Mental Health, Level 1 training by August 31, 2018. Community Instructors may not offer the 2008 curriculum as of September 1, 2018.
  • Facility Instructors: All currently approved facility training instructors at an Assisted Living Facility or Adult Family Home must complete the new Mental Health, Level 1 training by February 28, 2019. Facility instructors may not offer the 2008 curriculum as of March 1, 2019.

Where can I find a class for the new Mental Health Specialty Training?

View the schedule of upcoming Mental Health, Level 1 classes. (Word)

An Adult Education certificate of completion is required to be approved to teach the Mental Health, Level 1, Capable Caregiving for Mental Wellness. View the schedule of upcoming DSHS Adult Education classes. (PDF)

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Home Care Aide Training, Certification & Testing

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