How to Become a Caregiver by State
State-by-State Training Requirements
There are a few questions you must ask yourself before you start on your journey to becoming a caregiver. You first must decide which kind of caregiver you want to be and then determine what certification requirements there are in your state. Researching this is important, as the requirements can vary quite a bit from one state to the next. Below you will find links to the information for your state.
Generally, there are three levels of certifications that are required for caregivers: low, medium, and high. Again, these requirements will vary depending on the state and you’ll need to dive a little deeper to fully understand the certification process.
If you’re working for private-pay agencies, some states, like Florida, Texas, and Massachusetts, have little to no training requirements. If you are working with a Medicaid-covered agency, there are higher training requirements. Regardless of what your state requires, Griswold Home Care highly recommends receiving some training prior to entering the field to ensure the safety of your clients and yourself.
Some states, like Colorado, Pennsylvania, and California, require that each caregiver completes a certain number of hours of training on specific topics to gain certification.
A few states have very strict initial training requirements. Washington, New York, and Georgia sometimes require 40+ hours of training. They also may require state approval of any training programs by the Department of Education or the Department of Health.
As you can see, the training will vary greatly from one state to the next, which is why you must review your state’s requirements carefully to make sure you stay in compliance with the laws.