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Home Care Aides and COVID-19

With the Governor’s rescission of proclamations related to COVID-19, both the Department of Social and Health Services and the Department of Health have administrative rules in place to allow additional time to complete training and certification. Specific information is in table below:

Home Care Aides and COVID-19 training timelines
Worker hired or rehired during the time frame of: Must complete basic training no later than: Must be certified as a HCA or CAN no later than:
August 17, 2019 to April 30, 2021 January 31, 2023 April 21, 2023
May 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 April 30, 2023 July 19, 2023
April 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022 August 31, 2023 November 19, 2023
October 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022 September 30, 2023 December 19, 2023
Beginning January 1, 2023 Standard training requirements Standard certification requirements

Community partners meeting on January 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon

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Information for providers whose credentials have been affected by a drug conviction

Continuing education, training classes, and other resourcesSee our Resources webpage for links to a list of continuing education classes, nursing assistant bridge training programs, the DSHS background check process and a checklist for new long-term caregivers.

Interpreters available for the written examination - The Department of Health offers the home care aide examination in the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Ukrainian and Vietnamese. When requested, the department provides an interpreter to read the home care aide examination to accommodate other languages not listed above. More information is on our Individual Interpreter Project webpage.