The Direct Care Worker (DCW) Training is organized for those workers who care for individuals of all ages that have disabilities or a chronic illness and need assistance. These workers are also called Caregivers, Home Health Aides or Attendant Care Aides who provide a range of basic services in the home and residential facilities, including help with bathing, dressing and grooming. Some may help with home management tasks such as grocery shopping and preparing meals. Another group of workers within this category are the Personal Care Aides (PCAs) who in addition to personal care also provide companionship and other forms of assistance and security to clients.
Direct Care Worker Training Requirements
Direct Care Workers are expected to meet the following training requirements.
18 years or older
Read and write English (or Spanish)
Trained in at least two levels of care (Level 1 and Level 2 or Level 3 courses)
Trained and certified in First Aid and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Finger printing Clearance (optional)
Tuberculosis (TB) test (optional)
Continuing Education (Minimum of 6 hours or 6CEUs per year)
ACTI Direct Care Worker Training
The Adult Caregiver Training Institute (ACTI) is approved by the Arizona Department of Economic Security ALTEC program to train Direct Care Workers and accredited by the Arizona Board of Private Postsecondary Education and the NCIA Board.
Our training program for Direct Care Workers is offered online in three modules representing three levels of care: Caregiving Fundamentals, Aging and Physical Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities. Trainees are also required to complete a Skills test to demonstrate hands-on ability in needed skills. Our training material is a well-organized and comprehensive package developed by seasoned educators and experienced caregivers/managers, and designed to provide excellent training for aspiring direct care workers.
Trainees who successfully complete each module will be issued certificates of completion in accordance with approved guidelines.
Levels of Training
There are 3 levels of training representing fundamentals and specialized care.
3 Online Modules
Module 1: Caregiving Fundamentals
Provides knowledge on the principles and applications of care giving and personal care in the various home and community based settings. Includes examination of legal and ethical issues, communication, nutrition and food preparation, housekeeping, infection control, safety, stress and time management and personal care basics for the Direct Care Worker. Price $100
Module 2: Aging and Physical Disabilities
Provides knowledge on the principles and applications of quality care in the home environment for older adults and persons with physical disabilities. Describes overview of services and continuum of care; aspects of independent living; and roles and responsibilities of Direct Care Workers. Also includes legal and ethical issues, vulnerable adult abuse, reporting requirements, care plans, biological aspects of aging, physical disabilities and chronic conditions, psychological and cognitive conditions and implications for Direct Care Workers. Aspects of dementia and dementia-specific care are discussed. Price $75
Module 3: Developmental Disabilities
Provides basic knowledge on the principles and application of quality care for people with developmental disabilities by direct care workers or family caregivers. Includes the examination and application of philosophical, social, medical, physical, legal, and ethical issues faced by people with disabilities.Price $75
Skills Training (Workbook)
Receive hands-on training of professional skills for attendant care or review workbook.
Externship Placement in an actual work situation to work directly with residents in a Group Home under the supervision of experienced staff. Will provide manual skills training in how to handle and transfer residents safely, bathing, grooming, ambulation, perineal care and cooking.