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Home Care Aide (HCA) Training and Certification

Individual caregiver providers not working for any state or private licensed agency, in other words being paid directly by the client or client family, are exempt from the requirement to be certified, however, many long term care insurance policies require a licensed or certified provider. Also having HCA certification conveys a level of competency to potential clients. 

To encourage island residents to become trained and certified caregivers, Lahari sponsors Orcas Island residents to complete the Washington State mandated and DSHS approved Home Care Aide Training.

The Lahari Board has approved the HCA Recruiting budget for 2018 to sponsor online HCA training and certification for 10 students. A $100 deposit is required to start the program. The refundable deposit can be paid in two $50 payments if desired. The deposit is refunded if the student completes the online training within 120 days upon starting the course. If the student then wishes to become certified, upon passing the state exam, Lahari will reimburse the application and exam fees, in addition to the off island travel expenses typically associated with obtaining HCA certification.

HCA training is online, containing 75 hours of material that may completed on the student’s own timeline, within the 120 day limit. The curriculum is comprised of a combination of video lectures, powerpoint presentations, written assignments/papers, competency scenarios, quizzes and multiple choice exams. The student must have access to computer or tablet. Smartphones are not recommended. Also, the student must have internet access with enough speed to watch and listen to video lectures.

The online course requires an off island trip to attend a Skills Lab. The Skills Lab is a practice day for the State Skills Exam and is a mandatory component of the curriculum. You will practice all 15 skills on the HCA Skills Checklist. Skill Labs are offered in Mt. Vernon, Lynwood and other locations throughout Washington. You are responsible for making a reservation to attend a Skills Lab. Many students attend a Skills Lab close to the time of the State Exam in order to keep the procedures fresh in their minds. The HCA certification exam requires an overnight off island trip, because the exam starts before one can arrive at the testing site after taking the first boat.



Applicants to the Lahari HCA Training and Certification Program must attend an HCA Information Session. The mandatory session will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm at the Orcas Island Senior Center. The session will cover the following topics:
  • The growing need for caregivers on the island
  • Description of caregiver responsibilities and boundaries
  • Description the HCA Course content 
  • The benefits of becoming certified
  • Details of the certification process
  • The business of being a caregiver on Orcas Island
If you were not able to attend the Information Session and are still interested our program, please indicate your interest HERE. Depending on the interest and budget, Lahari may open the program again around mid year. We will email you one way or another.

For attendees of the March 12 Information Session: Online Registration
Also please mail in the deposit form that you received at the session with your deposit check.

Please call if you need additional information: 1-888-685-1475.


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