Basic Training 70
Becoming a Certified Home Care Aide (HCA)
Basic Training 70 prepares you with the information and skills you need to successfully pass the certification exam and become a Home Care Aide.
You can enroll by calling the Member Resource Center (MRC) at 1-866-371-3200. They are available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Learn more about:
- Current course structure and schedule.
- Language support options.
- Getting free tutoring and caregiving support.
Your Training Deadline
Washington state extended the deadline for caregiver training requirements because of COVID-19 impacts. The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) set a new deadline based on your hire date.
If you do not finish your required training by your deadline, you will no longer be able to continue working as a paid caregiver.
Basic Training can take up to 5 weeks to complete. Enroll as soon as possible to make sure you complete your training by your deadline.
|Your hired or rehired date||Must complete Basic Training by|
|8/17/2019 to 9/30/2020||1/31/2023|
|10/1/2020 to 3/31/2022||4/30/2023|
|4/1/2022 to 9/30/2022||8/31/2023|
|10/1/2022 to 12/31/2022||9/30/2023|
What to Expect From Basic Training Courses
Basic Training teaches you caregiving best practices and hands-on skills practice to pass your Home Care Aide exam.
Through the training, you will have access to:
- An instructor with direct care experience who is passionate about supporting you in your professional growth.
- A learning environment with hands-on training, engaging videos and activities to improve your writing and problem-solving talents.
- An informative student guide to use in class and keep as a future resource.
- A community of other caregivers and an opportunity to support each other as you begin your career.
Eligibility for Basic Training
Basic Training 70 is available to newly hired Home Care Aides who have that training requirement (click here to see the training requirements chart).
Thanks to a new collective bargaining agreement with the State of Washington, all Individual Providers have the option to enroll in Orientation & Safety and Basic Training 70. This includes providers who may have been previously exempt from taking Basic Training. Upon completion of Orientation & Safety and Basic Training and successfully passing the State Department of Health Exam, Home Care Aides who elect to take this training will receive a raise upon certification. To see the full details in the contract, please click here.