Training Requirements and Classes

Long-Term Care Worker Training Updates

For information about updates to caregiver training and Home Care Aide certification testing, please view the Summer 2018 webinar presentation. (PDF)

Mental Health, Level 1: Capable Caregiving for Mental Wellness

The 2008 Mental Health Specialty Training curricula, including the 6-hour manager Mental Health Specialty and 4-hour Long Term Worker Mental Health Specialty Training, have been replaced with the new 8-hour Mental Health, Level 1: Capable Caregiving for Mental Wellness.

  • 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.

Visit the DSHS Find a Training Class page to search for a Mental Health, Level 1: Capable Caregiving for Mental Wellness class in your area.

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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