Caregiver Certification

 

 

How to Become a Certified Caregiver  

The American Caregiver Association is the National Accrediting Body for caregiver certification in the United States. The ACA has been around since 1985 and as the National Standard we offer you a convenient and simple way to become a certified caregiver by taking our National Caregiver Certification Course (NCCC), or any of our other courses.

 

WATCH THE SHORT VIDEO BELOW TO LEARN HOW SIMPLE AND CONVENIENT THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS IS.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long does it take to complete the caregiver training course, or assisted living manager course?

​How long you take is up to you. You can take two days or two weeks if you need or want to to complete your caregiver class.

The entire certification process is done by email. The online care home course is self study and are completed at your convenience and time frame. There is no signing into software or creating usernames and passwords, etc.

This puts you in control of your learning. Also, there are no time limits as far as taking and completing the course or exam which is nice to know, especially if you have a hectic life or busy work schedule. This makes the courses flexible, but informative.

Is there a fee for the caregiver or manager exams?

​No. When you pay for any ACA course all of the following is included:

  1. ​Course Manual
  2. Administrative Processing
  3. Certification
  4. Exam
  5. There is no fee to re-take a test

Do I need to have a PayPal account to purchase a course?

No. PayPal is the processor of the order, but you do not need to sign up for PayPal to purchase any ACA course. When PayPal processes your order you are treated as a “guest” of PayPal, with no requirement to create a PayPal account. Our order process is fast, secure and simple. It’s that easy.

​Can someone else pay for a caregiver or manager course for me?

​Yes. You can have someone else buy any ACA course for you using their debit or credit card.  Just let us know the name of the individual who will be taking the course.

​Can I take a course if I don’t live in the United States?

Yes. Anyone is welcome to take our courses and get certified through the ACA. In  fact, the American Caregiver Association is the world leader in certifying caregivers from other countries. Likewise, we are proud to have the largest number of certified caregivers from other countries in our caregiver family.

Is a Home Health Aide the same as a Caregiver?

Yes. Home Health Aide is simply another name for caregiver. You may also hear of other names such as Direct Care Worker, Personal Care Assistant or Direct Care Professional.

While there may be some differentiation in training depending on where you acquire your training, at the end of the day a Home Health Aide, etc., are all caregivers. More often than not, it is the ‘level of care’ of the resident and the venue in which you work that will dictate the tasks you perform as a caregiver. And, most of the time the duties are the same or similar, regardless of ‘title’ or training.

Here is a complete listing of all of our certification courses, topics covered, and the accreditation that you acquire from the American Caregiver Association:

National Caregiver Certification Course (NCCC). Who takes the NCCC?




Beginner caregivers

Experienced caregivers who have never been certified

Caregivers fulfilling an insurance requirement in order to be compensated

Caregivers wanting to start their own private duty caregiver service business

Caregivers who want to pad their resume

Caregivers who want to acquire affiliation with the ACA

Anyone who wants to learn more about caregiving

What Is Covered In The National Caregiver Certification Course (NCCC)?

The American Caregiver Association caregiver certification course is intended to provide you with the most common responsibilities and duties that you will be dealing with as a caregiver. The fundamental idea behind the training course is not so much to cover ‘every’ aspect of caregiving. Rather, it is our intent to provide you with the most relevant and useful information that you should know before you begin a career as a caregiver.

Topics covered in the caregiver course include:

1. Residents Rights

2. Communicating Effectively with Residents

3. Managing Personal Stress

4. Preventing Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

5. Controlling the Spread of Disease and Infection

6. Record Keeping and Documentation

7. Service Plans

8. Nutrition, Hydration and Food Services

9. Assisting in the Self-Administration of Medications

10. Social, Recreational and Rehabilitative Activities

11. Fire, Safety and Emergency Procedures

12. The Aging Process

13. Assisting Residents with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

14. Vital Signs

15. Medications

16. Oral Hygiene, Grooming & Bathing

17. Skin Integrity

18. Residents with Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease

19. Communicating with Residents Unable to Direct Self-Care

20. Providing Services and Life Skills

21. Managing Difficult Behavior for Residents Unable to Direct Self-Care

22. Developing & Providing Social, Recreational & Rehabilitative Activities for Residents Unable to Direct Self-Care

23. Risk Management, Fall Prevention and Ambulation




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Advanced National Caregiver Certification Course (ANCCC). Who takes the ANCCC?



Experienced caregivers who have never been certified

Caregivers fulfilling an insurance requirement in order to be compensated

Caregivers wanting to start their own private duty caregiver service business

Caregivers who want to pad their resume

Caregivers who want to acquire affiliation with the ACA

Caregivers wanting to move into a position of increased responsibility

Caregiver seeking career advancement

Anyone who wants to learn more about caregiving

Topics covered in the Advanced National Caregiver Certification Course (ANCCC) include the following:

1. Components of effective communication

2. Styles and attitudes of communication

3. Barriers to effective communication

a.) Physical and mental disabilities

b.) Culture

c.) Language

4. Levels of care within an assisted living facility

5. Impact of each level of care on residents

6. Confidentiality (HIPPA)

7. Ethical Principals

8. Resident’s Rights

9. Preventing abuse, neglect and exploitation

10.Mandatory reporting

11.DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)

12.Stress management

13.Time management

14. Developing, using, and maintaining resident service plans

15. Common types of infections

16. Control and prevention of infection

a.) Washing hands

b.) Using gloves

c.) Disposing of sharps and other waste

17. Basic nutrition

18. Meal planning and posting

19. Menus

20.Procuring, storing and handling food

21.Special diets

22.Emergency planning

23.Medical emergencies

24.Environmental emergencies

25.Fire safety

26.Fire drills and evacuations

27.Home environment

28.Taking vital signs

29.Maintaining a resident’s environment

30.Observing and reporting pain

31.Providing assistance to residents with drains and tubes

32.Recognizing and reporting abnormal changes to your supervisor

33.Applying clean bandages

34.Providing peri-operative care

35.Assisting ambulation of residents including transferring and assistive devices

36.Bathing, caring for skin and dressing

37.Caring for teeth

38.Caring for nails

39.Toileting, caring for perineum, and caring for an ostomy

40.Feeding for hydration, including proper feeding techniques and use of assistive devices in feeding

41.Preventing pressure sores

42.Maintaining and treating skin

43.Modifying the caregiver’s behavior in response to resident behavior

44.Understanding the developmental tasks associated with the aging process

45.Responding to resident behavior

46.Promoting resident dignity

47.Providing culturally sensitive care

48.Caring for the dying resident

49.Interacting with the resident family

50. Anticipating and addressing the needs and behaviors of residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease

51.Communicating with cognitively impaired resident’s

52.Understanding the behavior of cognitively impaired residents

53.Reducing the effects of cognitive impairment

54.Understanding body mechanics

55.Assisting resident self-care

56.Using assistive devices for transferring, walking, eating, and dressing

57.Assisting with range-of motion exercises

58.Determining whether a resident needs assistance with medication administration and if so, the nature of the assistance

59.Assisting a resident to self-administer medication

60.Observing, documenting and reporting changes in resident condition before and after medication is administered

61.Knowing the five rights of a resident in medication administration

62.Knowing the classifications of and responses to medication

63.Taking, readings, and implementing physician medication and treatment orders

64.Storing medication properly and securely

65.Documenting medication and treatment services

66.Maintaining records of medication and treatment services

67.Using medication organizers properly

68.Storing and documenting use of narcotic drugs and controlled substances

69.Understanding how metabolism and physical conditions affect medication absorption

70.Knowing the proper administration of all forms of medication

71.Using drug reference guides (PDR)

72.Preventing, identifying, documenting, reporting, and responding to medication errors

 



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National Assisted Living Manager Certification Course (NALMCC).  Who takes the NALMCC?

 

 
Experienced caregivers who have never been certified

Caregivers fulfilling an insurance requirement in order to be compensated

Caregivers wanting to start their own private duty caregiver service business

Caregivers who want to pad their resume

Caregivers who want to acquire affiliation with the ACA

Caregivers wanting to move into a position of increased responsibility

Caregiver seeking career advancement

Anyone who wants to learn more about caregiving

Topics covered in the NALMCC course include:

1. Delegation of Authority

2. Developing & Implementing Policies & Procedure

3. Managing Caregiver Personnel

4. General Business Practices

5. Basic Requirements for Caregivers

6. General Employment Laws




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Certificate of Caregiver Ethics Course (Level 1). Who takes the CCEL1?



Beginner caregivers

Experienced caregivers who have never been certified

Caregivers fulfilling an insurance requirement in order to be compensated

Caregivers wanting to start their own private duty caregiver service business

Caregivers who want to pad their resume

Caregivers who want to acquire affiliation with the ACA

Anyone who wants to learn more about caregiving

Topics covered in the Certificate of Caregiver Ethics (Level 1) course include:

1. Introduction

2. Ethics in Practice

3. Common Ethical Systems

4. Ethical Egoism: Types of Egoism

5. Ethical Egoism: Arguments for and Against

6. Utilitarian Ethics: Advantages and Disadvantages

7. Common Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace

8. Working Alone and Absentee Owners: Your Role

9. Espousing Ethics: Going Beyond Actions

10. Summary and Closing Thoughts



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Certificate of Personal Development Course (Level 1). Who takes the CPDL1?

Beginner caregivers

Experienced caregivers who have never been certified

Caregivers fulfilling an insurance requirement in order to be compensated

Caregivers wanting to start their own private duty caregiver service business

Caregivers who want to pad their resume

Caregivers who want to acquire affiliation with the ACA

Anyone who wants to learn more about caregiving

Topics covered in the Certificate of Personal Development (Level 1) course include:

1. Introduction

2. What does  personal development mean to you?

3. The ethical base of personal development

4. Understanding types of personal development individuals

5. The personal development plan

6. The process of personal development

7. The ‘personal development’ of personal development

8. Summary and Closing Thoughts



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National Assisted Living Facility Accreditation (NALFA). Who seeks NALFA Accreditation? 

Any health care facility

 

Any Questions?

Email us at acacaregiver@live.com, or call us at 1-800-625-8108