Home Health Aide Certification
HHA Expectations and Responsibilities
Each school or training program is expected to create their own procedures for screening applicants. Under state guidelines, having a high school diploma or GED is NOT required to become a HHA and while a minimum age of 18 is recommended, 16 years of age is the requirement to enter a clinical setting. Programs are urged to select applicants based on factors such as sympathetic attitude toward the care of the sick, the ability to read, write and following directions, maturity, and the ability to deal effectively with the demands of the job. A list of resources regarding reading ability is available here.
A HHATP must provide students with a minimum of 75 hours of training between classroom instruction on theory and supervised practical training. As of August, 2021, 59 classroom hours and 16 hours of supervised training is required. Testing, competency evaluation, orientation and observations are not included in the required 75 hours of training. Programs are allowed 60 days from the day a student enters the program to complete the 75 hours. (Extenuating circumstances which may prevent a student from completing the required coursework within 60 days are looked at on a case by case basis.)