Personal Care Aide Certification
In order to provide Personal Care Aide (PCA) services in the state of New York, a person is required to complete an approved PCA training program (PCATP). New York State Department of Health or NYS Education Department approved training programs provide basic training as well as Alternative Competency Demonstration (ACD). The certificate of completion is issued by the approved school or program through the New York State Home Care Worker Registry (HCWR).
PCA Expectations and Responsibilities
A PCA is a trained caregiver who helps patients and older adults with mostly non-medical assistance and daily tasks in the comfort of their own home. PCAs provide a wide range of services, assisting the patient with many day-to-day activities at home and around the community, such as:
Transport to Appointments
Each personal care aide training program (PCATP) 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, it is not required. The minimum criteria to qualify and be accepted for basic training are:
Maturity, emotional and mental stability; experience in personal care or homemaking.
Ability to read and write, understand and carry out directions and instructions, record messages, and keep simple records.
Have a sympathetic attitude toward providing services to patients at home who have medical conditions.
Good health as required for all home care workers.
If a PCATP chooses to have additional criteria for admission into their training program, their policy must clearly distinguish between regulatory requirements for admission to training and the agency requirements for admission to training.
PCATP includes basic training, which covers classroom didactic training and demonstration of PCA skills. PCATPs must use the Home Care Curriculum (HCC) for basic training. The HCC is a 40-hour minimum basic training course, not including testing, containing 12 distinct content areas. Classroom didactic training, skills training and competency evaluation must be completed within 90 calendar days of each trainee’s entry into the training program.
Additional curriculum information can be found here:
Tuition and Fees
Personal Care Aide training programs approved by New York DOH may not charge any fees or tuition to trainees for the cost of training including the costs for textbooks, materials and supplies.