Medical equipment Becoming Certified The HHA course for certification is two-fold. One part involves procedural training to understand many of the basics expected of fully-trained HHAs in duty performance. The second part involves practical training of the applicant to better understand roles and how to address duties with an actual patient. Both written examination and a performance review of learned skills are expected in most jurisdictions prior to HHA certification. As a result, depending on how much education material is covered, HHA training can take anywhere from a month to a couple of months to complete. Prior education of HHAs is not a requirement per se, including needing to have a high school diploma. However, due to the nature of some of the job's duties and functions, an understanding of how to read and perform basic business math is a prerequisite. The actual training itself is provided by teachers and trainers who themselves are licensed nurses, both registered or licensed practical, personnel who have been certified aides, or HHA program supervisors. Training courses provide education in everything from how to prepare basic meals to housekeeping and basic medication delivery. Those HHA programs that employ aides as their own staff and then farm them out to patients may provide additional training after certification on how to behave and act professionally as an HHA employee. Finally, even patients have their quirks and will want HHAs to perform tasks in a certain way so as to retain some personal semblance of a home life the way the patient prefers. The culmination of the training is then evidenced by a competency exam as mentioned earlier. National Certification and Promotion Unlike state certification which is required to be an aide, an aide can also obtain a national certification voluntarily. While not required, obtaining such a validation from the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) helps aides market themselves with more organizations and better compensation. The national certification can be obtained by voluntarily submitting to examination by the NAHC. The applicant must be able to document a minimum of 75 hours undergoing HHA training. Next, the applicant must also be monitored while performing HHA duties up to at least 17 hours. This monitoring is performed by a registered nurse rather than just a supervisor or experienced HHA. Finally the applicant must also successfully pass the NAHC examination on paper to test the aide' knowledge on assistance theory. For more information on the NAHC program, applicants can contact the organization by mail at: National Association for Home Care and Hospice 228 Seventh St. SE., Washington, DC 20003. Or by looking up the same information on the Internet at . However, after the entire certification process, there is very little an HHA can do in terms of promoting further in the medical field as an HHA. Duties involve a recycling of assignments from patient to patient. Conceivably an experienced aide can become a trainer of new applicants or even a supervisor, but that's about it. Many home health aides who like the job and want to go further into medicine or medical care of patients instead look to the nursing field and begin the road toward licensing as a nurse. HHA Home Certification Licensing Resources Privacy