Training

A personal care assistant must show successful completion of a training requirement in items 1 to 5:

  1. Nursing assistant training program or its equivalent for which competency as a nursing assistant is determined according to a test administered by the State Board of Technical Colleges;
  2. Homemaker home health aide preservice training program using a curriculum recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health;
  3. An accredited educational program for registered nurses or licensed practical nurses;
  4. Training program that provides the assistant with skills required to perform personal care assistant services specified in subpart 8, items A to N; or
  5. Determination by the personal care provider that the assistant has, through training or experience, the skills required to perform the personal care services specified in subpart 8, items A to N. Minnesota statute requires all PCAs to take pass a certification test. You may take the training and test as often as needed. However, you must pass:

Before enrolling with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)

Within one year after training is available if already enrolled with DHS and affiliated with a PCA provider agency

This online course and test is free. You must register with DHS before taking the certification test.

You can also take a online course to prepare you for the PCA test

Individual personal care assistant (PCA) testing

Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) requires all individual personal care assistance providers (PCAs) to take the DHS Individual Personal Care Assistant (PCA) training and pass a one-time online test. Individual PCAs may take the training and test as often as needed.

Vulnerable Adults Mandated Training

 Some professionals are required to report suspected maltreatment of a vulnerable adult. Online Mandated Reporter Training provides training on state statute and the duties of mandated reporters. It is available to any interested person.