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Attention certificate holders! We are happy to announce the launch of our new electronic application submission portal. You can apply for a new or renew your Home Health Aide certificate by uploading your application along with any attachment(s) by visiting our online submission page.

The CMS waivers will expire on May 11, 2023. HHA’s that were renewed under this waiver must submit the required twenty-four (24) in-service hours for this renewal period by December 31, 2023. 

For more information about navigating back into the workforce, please visit our Beyond the Pandemic webpage.​

Home Health Aide

The Healthcare Workforce Branch (HWB), Healthcare Professional Certification and Training Section (HPCTS) is primarily responsible for the certification of home health aides by ensuring applicants adhere to the California Health and Safety Code, Section 1725 – 1742. 

Verification of a Home Health Aide

How to Find a Training Program or Provider for a Home Health Aide

How to Complete Your Renewal Application

Please submit a completed Renewal Application (CDPH 283C) (PDF), along with documentation showing your completion of twenty-four (24) hours of In-Service Training/Continuing Education Units (CEUs) within your two (2) year certification period.  A minimum of twelve (12) of the twenty-four (24) hours shall be completed in each year of the two (2) year certification period. HHAs cannot complete CEUs online.  You may submit the application by mail or by faxing it into our department.

How to Complete Your Initial Application

An applicant for certification as a HHA shall comply with each of the following:​

40 hour HHA training

An applicant for certification as a HHA shall comply with each of the following:

  1. Be at least sixteen (16) years of age.
  2. Have successfully completed a 40 hour training program approved by The California Department of Public Health, which includes an examination to test the applicant’s knowledge and skills related to basic patient care services.  
  3. Maintain a criminal record clearance.
  4. Hold an active Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate.

You must complete and submit the following to CDPH:  an Initial Application (CDPH 283D) (PDF), upon enrollment in the training program. Once you have completed the CDPH-approved training program, your training program will need to submit a Home Health Aide Certification List (CDPH 183) indicating you have successfully completed the training and exam.  

120 hour HHA Training

An applicant for certification as a HHA shall comply with each of the following:

  1. Be at least sixteen (16) years of age.
  2. Have successfully completed a 120-hour training program approved by The California Department of Public Health, which includes an examination to test the applicant's knowledge and skills related to basic patient care services. 
  3. Obtain a criminal record clearance.

You must complete and submit the following to CDPH:  an Initial Application (CDPH 283D) (PDF), upon enrollment in the training program and a copy of the Request for Live Scan Service (BCIA 8016) form (PDF). Please also download the Request for Live Scan Service Sample (BCIA 8016 Sample) (PDF), which will show you how to correctly complete the BCIA 8016 form.  Once you have completed the CDPH-approved training program, your training program will need to submit a Home Health Aide Certification List (CDPH 183) indicating you have successfully completed the training and exam.  


Home Health Aide Forms  

State and Federal Requirements

 
Contact Us:

Mailing Address:

Healthcare Professional Certification and Training Section (HPCTS)
P.O. Box 997416, MS 3301
Sacramento, CA 95899-7416 

Phone Number: (916) 327-2445

Please note that the Interactive Voice Response Unit (IVRU) is an automated phone system. An option must be selected before the IVRU can proceed with a transfer to an agent. After the required information is entered you will be given the option to press “0” for an agent.

Fax Number: (916) 552-8785

Email: cna@cdph.ca.gov

​Please include your CNA/HHA/CHT number (if applicable).

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