Become a Certified Caregiving Professional
Get certified with a fully online personal care aide course
- Study from home on your own schedule!
- Learn how to freelance or run your own business.
- Get a complete education and become certified in as little as three months!
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What Is a Personal Care Aide?
Personal care aides go by many names, depending on your location. As a PCA, you’ll be a part of your client’s wellness team and provide assistance with daily living activities that support your client's wellbeing.
As a PCA, your duties can include any or all of the following:
- Provide companionship and help keep clients engaged in their communities
- Helping clients with daily personal care tasks including bathing and dressing
- General housekeeping duties including cleaning, laundry, dishes, etc.
- Organizing and/or providing transportation to appointments, outings, etc.
- Grocery shopping and/or meal preparation based on dietary specifications
Depending on your location, a personal care aide might be called a different title. Other job titles include, but are not limited to
- Attendant Care Worker
- Direct Care Worker
- Direct Service Worker
- Home Attendant
- Home Care Aide
- Home Services Worker
- In-Home Aide
- Personal Care Services Worker
- Personal Services Attendant
- Personal Support Specialist
- Supportive Home Assistant
A personal care aide is not a home health aide!
A personal care aide is part of a larger group of home care workers, which also includes home health aides and nursing assistants. Each of these professionals makes about the same salary, but has slightly different duties and training/licensing requirements. Unlike home health aides and nursing assistants, PCAs do not provide any kind of medical services.
As a PCA, your duties will not include any of the following
- Checking a clients’ pulse, temperatures, breathing rate, etc.
- Helping a client complete exercises prescribed by medical professionals
- Dispensing, organizing, or otherwise handling a client’s medication
- Changing bandages or dressings, or providing wound care
- Handling any kind of medical equipment used by the client (IVs, ventilators, etc.)
Basic Requirements for Becoming a Personal Care Aide
It’s always a good idea to check local regulations before starting a new profession.
Currently in the United States, there are no licensing requirements or training regulations for personal care aides who work independently (are employed directly by their client) and bill clients directly.
Working as a personal care aide can be extremely rewarding but it can also be very demanding. This career is not suited to everybody. All successful personal care aides exhibit these basic traits
Empathy & Compassion — You should be able to put yourself in your clients’ shoes in order to understand their situations. A good personal care aide genuinely cares about people and wants to help their clients in any way they can.
Good Communication Skills — You must be able to clearly communicate with your clients and with other members of a client’s care team, family members, etc. Patience and precision will also serve you well in this area.
Physical Stamina — Personal care aides do not work a typical 9-to-5 job. You’ll work long hours on your feet, and might be required to help clients with limited mobility. Be honest with yourself about your physical limitations when screening potential clients!
Integrity & Discretion — As a personal care aide you’ll be given access to your client’s home and be expected to help with sensitive tasks such as helping clients get dressed, etc. You must be responsible at all times and respect your client’s privacy when communicating with others.
What You'll Learn
In this highly interactive, self-paced training course, you'll learn
- The roles & responsibilities of a PCA
- How to perform a client consultation
- How to work with a care plan
- Health & safety considerations
- Special considerations for different types of clients
- A holistic approach to a client’s health & wellness
- How to maintain your own physical & emotional health
- Activities of Daily Life (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs)
- How to identify and deal with signs of abuse
- About the human body, disabilities, and impairments
- How to start your own caregiving business
How You'll Learn
QC's signature online learning experience is made for highly motivated and ambitious individuals! You'll learn at your own pace, with the help of your student advisor and expert tutor who will be with you every step of the way!
- Follow the course guide that will tell you when you need to read a course book, watch a video, or complete an assignment.
- Complete a variety of assignments including knowledge quizzes, open-ended discussions, and comprehensive real-world case studies where you experience what it's like to be a professional caregiver.
- Upload your completed assignments to the Online Student Center.
- Your tutor will grade your work and provide feedback on every assignment.
- Graduate once you've completed all your course units and your tuition has been paid in full.
Why Choose QC?
Get certified faster and start a fulfilling career!
Since QC's course is fully online, you don't have to pay surcharges for attending lectures or classroom sessions. You complete the full course from home.
No start dates, no deadlines, no mandatory attendance! This course is completely self-directed and self-paced. Get certified quickly, or take your time.
you're not just learning how one caregiving company wants you do do things. You're getting a foundation of knowledge in caregiving that will be useful no natter where you work!
Included In Your Course
Newest Course Materials
You’ll have online access to all your course books and guides, which are constantly being updated with the newest and most up-to-date content!
Assignments & Templates
Download assignment templates to quickly and efficiently complete all your course work. Then, upload your work to the Online Student Center where your tutor will evaluate you and provide personalized audio feedback for each unit!
Personalized Tutor Feedback
Once you submit all your assignments for a unit, your tutor will evaluate and grade your work, and provide you with detailed audio feedback highlighting what you did well and where you need to improve. Use this feedback to enhance your skills in the next unit!
Extended-Hours Access to your Student Advisor
Any time you have a question about your course, your student account, your certification, or anything else, you can reach out to your QC Student Advisor. Advisors are available 7 days/week to help you through your course!
Certification & Professional Designation
Once you graduate, you’ll be sent your certification by mail. The certification allows you to use the trademarked Personal Caregiving Professional (PCGP) designation on your business cards, website, resume, and more. Get a certification that’s noticed and respected!
Full Course Outline
Here's a detailed outline of all the topics you'll learn in the Personal Care Aide Certification Course.
Unit A: Introduction to Caregiving
In this first unit, you'll learn what it means to be a personal care aide. You'll learn the details of the job, how you'll interact with clients, and (just as importantly) what types of duties you won't be expected to complete as a PCA. You'll then learn how to perform your initial client consultation, including what information you'll need to collect, and how to evaluate safety requirements for each client. Finally, you'll learn how to work with a detailed care plan for every client you take on.
Unit B: Working with Clients
Now that you have a good idea of your role as a caregiver, you'll start to learn how to put that knowledge to use when working with clients. Your clients will have a number of different challenges they face every day. As a PCA, you'll have to work hard at remaining professional and establishing healthy boundaries with your clients while still developing meaningful relationships. This can be a tricky skill to master! Later in the unit, you'll focus on understanding your client's unique needs based on their own challenges.
Unit C: Working as a PCA
In this next unit, you'll dive into the specific services you'll offer as a PCA, and start developing those skills. Whether or not you plan on providing all these services once you start your business, it's important to have the full range of skills required to be a successful PCA. This unit will also allow you to explore the different workplace settings available to you as a PCA, should you choose to work for a caregiving agency instead of starting your own PCA business.
Unit D: Technical Skills
This highly practical unit is where you'll learn the core technical skills any PCA needs to have. When working with individuals who have limited independence, caregivers are sometimes required to help with basic daily tasks such as dressing, toileting, bathing/showering, or helping their client move around, for example. There are very specific methods to follow that are safe and ensure you preserve your client's dignity as you perform these delicate tasks.
Unit E: Business Training Unit
This unit will teach you valuable skills to help you find a job or start your own caregiving business. You'll work through the specific elements of getting your business off the ground: from setting your prices to finding your first clients, building your website, marketing your services and much more. This unit can help your career launch in high gear!
Your PCA Tutors
When you enroll, you'll be paired up with one of QC's expert tutors. Your tutor will be responsible for grading your work and providing feedback on your assignments.
Suzanne is a retired registered nurse with over 35 years of experience in the health care sector. She has extensive experience teaching caregivers of all kinds including nurses, personal support workers and more. During her career in the wellness industry, Suzanne also worked as a disability case manager, assisting clients to return to work when ready. She's excited to assist you in your journey!
Aly is a registered nurse who has worked in many areas including emergency medicine, dialysis, and public health. Before completing her studies, Aly worked as a personal support worker in the community as well as in a residence. Having done the job herself, Aly understands just how important and crucial PCAs are to the health field and the positive impact these professionals have on patient care. She will be a valuable resource for you as you transition into this important role!
Your Professional Caregiver Certification
Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll receive your Personal Caregiving Professional (PCGP™) certification. This certification is yours forever and doesn’t expire. Use it as proof of competency with future clients and/or employers. Your professional designation is a great way to set yourself apart from the competition, especially in this highly in-demand field! Display it proudly on your business card, marketing materials, website, and anywhere else you advertise your services!
Starting a new career can be scary. But don't worry!
Once you enroll in QC's Personal Care Aide Course, you'll be protected by a
21-day money-back guarantee!
Once your enrollment has been processed, you have 21 days to review the course materials and decide whether you want to take the course. If you decide this course isn't the right course for you, simply contact the school for a refund! As long as you haven't submitted any work to your tutor yet, your tuition will be refunded in full!
Additional information on QC's money back guarantees is available in your enrollment agreement.
Start your personal care aide training today
and launch an exciting, rewarding career!