Starting September 1, 2023, all homecare workers, personal support workers, and personal care attendants will need to complete 12 hours of continuing education to renew your provider number. Continuing education training will become available in the spring of 2023 and will not be required until September 1, 2023.
Continuing education helps keep you up to date on the best practices for your work. It helps you continue to build on the skills you develop over time in your career. You will need to take 12 hours of continuing education every 2 years to recertify as a homecare or personal support worker or personal care attendant. There are several courses you can choose from when completing your continuing education.
Varies based on course
12 hours every 2 years
What Training Covers
Continuing education includes 4 hours of required training alongside 8 hours of elective training. You can choose from a variety of elective courses to find the training that best fits your needs and interests.
There will be 1 hour of required training devoted to:
- Professional boundaries
- Reporting abuse and neglect
- Medicaid and Medicare fraud
There will also be 3 hours of required cultural competency training including:
- Cultural awareness
- Discussing cultural awareness (webinar)
- Cultural skills
There will be several options for elective courses to complete the remaining 8 hours of continuing education. Here are some of the options that will be available:
- Food safety
- Learning about common I/DD diagnosis
- Housekeeping best practices
- Lifting and positioning
- Transfers and assistive devices
- Stress management for care providers
- What is an identity?
- What is intersectionality?
- Putting on and taking off PPE
- Prescription drug misuse
- Medical terminology for care providers
- Body systems 1 and 2
- Working with non-verbal consumers
- Providing strengths-based services
Continuing education courses will be available starting in the spring of 2023.