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Training Program Review Unit

The Training Program Review Unit is responsible for the review, approval/disapproval and continual oversight of certified nurse assistant (CNA), home health aide (HHA), and certified hemodialysis technician (CHT) training, orientation and in-service programs.

Nurse Assistant Training Program Applicants

Thank you for your interest in establishing a Nurse Assistant Training Program (NATP). The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Aide and Technician Certification Section (ATCS), Training Program Review Unit (TPRU) oversees NATPs in California.  Applications are processed in the order of date received.  In order to expedite processing, we prefer that all applications be submitted to TPRU@cdph.ca.gov. The State and Federal training program Requirements links on the right should be referenced as part of the application process.  For additional information, see Nurse Assistant Training Program Applicants.

Application Submission Requirements for Nurse Assistant Training Program

When submitting CDPH forms, use the current version downloaded from the Department website.  Submit documents in the order listed below.

Home Health Aide Training Program (HHP) Applicants

Thank you for your interest in establishing a Home Health Aide Training Program (HHP) in California. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Aide and Technician Certification Section (ATCS), Training Program Review Unit (TPRU), oversees the Home Health Aide Training Programs.  All program applicants may submit applications for 120 Hour Home Health Aide (HHA) Training Programs. Links to regulatory references and Instructions for applicants have been provided on this page.

Applications are processed in the order of date received. The Department will make a decision whether to approve or disapprove each application within 90 days and will notify the applicant in writing. A thoroughly completed application which includes the required documents is essential for program approval. Incomplete applications will be disapproved and reasons for disapproval will be provided. When completed, mail your application via regular U.S. mail to the address listed in the top right-hand corner of the forms being submitted, or email it to TPRU@cdph.ca.gov. The HHA Training Program must be approved by the TPRU Representative before training can commence.

Information regarding the 120 hour Home Health Aide Training Program (HHP):

Requests for initial approval of the 120 hour home health aide training program may be submitted by home health agencies, public education institutions and agencies. The requirements for home health aide training programs are found in Title 22, California Code of Regulations (CCR Section 74747), Code of Federal Regulation (CFR 484.36) and Health and Safety Code 1736.6(a)(4)(b). The basic training program for HHA certification requires a minimum of 120 hours of training. For additional information, see the 120 hour Home Health Aide Training Program Applicants.

Application Submission Requirements (120 Hour) Home Health Aide Training Program (HHP)

The following items must be submitted for application consideration.

Information regarding the 40 hour Home Health Aide Training Program (HHP):

Only individuals with a current Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) certificate may enroll in a 40 Hour HHA Training Program (HHP) to become a certified Home Health Aide (HHA). The Department may allow individuals who have successfully completed the 160 hour Nurse Assistant Training Program (NATP) to enroll in a 40 Hour HHA Program if the school/provider has a "separate and consecutive" program.

Such NATP programs may end the NATP training one day and begin the HHP the next day. If a training provider is running a separate and consecutive training program, then they must do the following:

  • Ensure the NATP and HHP are offered as separate programs.
  • The NATP program must follow the NATP curriculum and approved schedule, (including clinical hours).  Training to be provided by NATP approved instructor at approved classroom and clinical locations. 
  • Begin HHP training only after successful completion of the NATP training.  The separate HHA training must follow the HHP curriculum including clinical hours.  Only Department approved HHP Instructors will provide HHA training at approved classroom and clinical locations.
  • Each NATP and HHP has its own start and end date and is advertised as two separate classes.
  • Submit a separate Initial Application (CDPH 283D) be sent to ATCS for each separate program.
  • Upon enrollment in the NATP course, notify future HHP students that an HHA certificate will not be issued by the state until they have passed the CNA Competency Examination given by a state approved testing vendor.

 For additional information, see 40 Hours Home Health Aide Training Program Applicants.

Application Submission Requirements (40 Hour HHP)

The following items must be submitted for application consideration.

Approved Training Providers

Approved Continuing Education Providers

Approved Testing Providers 

List of Forms for all Program Types

Nurse Assistant Training Program

Certified Hemodialysis Technician

  • CDPH 283F (PDF) Certified Hemodialysis Technician Initial Application
  • CDPH 391 (PDF) Hemodialysis Technician/Patient Care Technician Training Program Application

Home Health Aide 

  • BCIA 8016 (PDF) Request for Live Scan Service
  • BCIA 8016 SAMPLE (PDF) Sample Request for Live Scan Service form for Certified Nurse Assistants or Home Health Aides
  • BCIA 8016 SAMPLE (PDF) Sample Request for Live Scan Service form for Administrators, or Direct Care Staff of ICFDD, ICFDDN, ICFDDH Facilities
  • CDPH 171 (PDF) 40 Hour Home Health Aide (HHA) Training Program Application
  • CDPH 171A (PDF) 40 Hour Home Health Aide (HHA) Training Program Current Curriculum
  • CDPH 171B (PDF) 40 Hour Home Health Aide (HHA) Training Program Faculty Application
  • CDPH 183 (PDF) Home Health Aide (HHA) Certification List
  • CDPH 191 (PDF) 120 Hour Home Health Aide Training Program Application
  • CDPH 191A (PDF) 120 Hour Home Health Aide (HHA) Training Program Current Curriculum
  • CDPH 191B (PDF) 120 Hour Home Health Aide (HHA) Training Program Faculty Information
  • CDPH 929 (PDF) Request for Name/Address Change and/or Duplicate for HHA Certificate
  • CDPH 283A (PDF) Home Health Aide In-Service Training/Continuing Education
  • CDPH 283C (PDF) Home Health Aide Renewal Application
  • CDPH 283D (PDF) Home Health Aide Initial Application
    Note: If the applicant has already submitted fingerprints for the NATP or is already a CNA, they do not need to resubmit fingerprints.
  •  CDPH 283I (PDF) Transmittal for Criminal Background Clearance

In-service and Orientation

 Continuing Education

  • CDPH 192 (PDF) Application for Initial or Renewal Approval as a Continuing Education Provider
  • CDPH 192B (PDF) Application for Initial or Renewal Online Continuing Education Provider
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