Before you become a caregiver, you must first decide what kind of caregiver you want to be and what the requirements are in your state. These requirements can vary greatly from state to state, so it’s important that you do your research. We provide links to the necessary information organized by state.
In general, there are three levels of certifications required for caregivers. We’ve labeled them low, medium, and high. Remember, you must look at the requirements on a state-by-state level and then delve deeper to determine how those requirements change by certification type.
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States like Massachusetts, Florida, and Texas have little to no training requirements if you work for private-pay agencies and higher requirements if you are a Medicaid-covered agency. Regardless of the requirements, receiving some training before entering the field is always recommended to ensure the safety of clients and caregivers.
States like Pennsylvania, Colorado, and California require that caregivers complete a certain number of hours on specific topics to gain certification. However, content is regulated to earn caregiver certification.
Some states like New York, Washington, and Georgia have very stringent requirements for initial training, in some cases requiring forty or more hours of training. Some of these states also require state approval of any training or in-services programs by the state’s Department of Health or Department of Education.
The most important takeaway is that training differs from state to state, and you must review your state’s requirements to make sure you remain in compliance with state laws.