Personal Care Aide Certification

This training is appropriate both for the paid, professional caregiver as well as for family caregivers who are stepping into caregiving roles for loved ones.

The Personal Care Aide Certification I course is a 40 hour comprehensive online course, designed for the motivated, independent learner.

For paid caregivers PCA Certification will prepare you to be even more competitive in the workforce, and to help you take the first step to a career in elder care, health care or nursing.

Many employers give preferential hiring to individuals with this Certification, which demonstrates not only a commitment to learning, but also documents your successful achievements. To see some of the Oregon employers who give preference to PCAs, click here.

Paying for training: the Institute for Professional Care Education is an approved training provider for the state of Oregon. Contact your unemployment office for information about paying for all or a portion of your training course.

For family caregivers PCA Certification prepares you to step into a challenging role as a caregiver to a loved one. Caregiver training has demonstrated, through repeated studies, to reduce caregiver stress and depression, and has shown to be helpful in keeping a loved one in a home environment for up to two years longer than if no training were available to the caregiver. While you’ll learn much more than you need to care for just one individual, family caregivers often find the field so rewarding that they become professionally involved – or become the caregiving expert in their circle of family and friends.

Paying for training: the Institute for Professional Care Education is an approved training provider for many long term care insurance companies. If your loved one has a long term care insurance policy, check with your carrier for payment of training through IPCed.

Whether you’re a paid caregiver or a family caregiver, invest now in your caregiving skills – you’ll reap the benefits long into the future!


Occupational Outlook for Personal Care Aides:

Personal and home care aides make up one of the fastest growing occupations in the US, according to PHI. Demand will grow sharply as the population of the US, and many other countries around the world, face record growth in aging populations.

Why become Certified?
As a Certified Personal Care Aide, you can demonstrate to potential employers – from assisted living communities to home care agencies to private family clients – your commitment and dedication to providing the best care possible.

Who hires Certified Personal Care Aides?
Personal Care Aides may work in assisted living communities as caregivers, for home care agencies or directly for individuals needing care in their homes. Many employers will give preference during hiring to individuals with this certification. Employers give preference to individuals with this Certification because it indicates a commitment to learning knowledge and skills in Personal Care, as well as saving them time and money, in many cases, in post-employment training. In most cases you will need additional training after you’re hired to become familiar with the company’s policies and procedures as well as specific job requirements. Some states or companies may require additional skills training, too, beyond this initial level of certification.

Who has certified IPCed’s Personal Care Aide course?
IPCed’s Personal Care Aide course is part of our program of courses licensed by the Oregon Department of Education. It meets rigorous standards as a complete, 40 hour course designed to prepare the individual to become a caregiver for elderly and disabled adults. Many long term care insurance companies will accept this Certification for reimbursement of caregiver expenses; some will reimburse the cost of this training program, too.

Is it approved in my state?
Currently in the US there are few states that have an approval process for caregivers. While the federal government has recently acknowledged the job classification of Personal Care Aide, there is no federal standard for certification. Some states DO require approval but most states currently have no approval process. To see what your state requires, visit the National Clearinghouse on the Direct Care Workforce. If we can help further, please contact us at .

How does this Certification course work?
The Personal Care Aide certification course is completed 100% online. You do not attend any classes; you only need access to an internet-connected computer to complete your course.

What do I receive when I complete the course?
You will receive a Certificate of Completion which documents your successful course completion. You will also receive a detailed course outline which we recommend that you attach to your Certificate. Use this outline to show prospective employers exactly what topics you learned during this training program.




You can view a sample of one of the online training modules.