In order to become certified as a Home Health Aide in California, one must satisfy the following requirements:
1. Successfully complete a training program with a minimum of 120 hours, or an equivalent competency evaluation program approved by the CDPH. These training programs can be provided through a local community college, home health aide agency, or a number of state provided free programs. (Certified Nurse Aides may be dual‐certified as Home Health Aides with additional training)
2. Complete a minimum of 20 Clinical Hours
3. Obtain a criminal record clearance
4. Obtain formal certification and register with CDPH
Certification Renewal Requirements:
The Home Health Aide certificate typically expires two years after it was initially approved, on the certificate holder’s birthday. In order to maintain a certificate, the Home Health Aide must renew the certificate every two years, and receive a fresh criminal record clearance. The renewal form can be obtained from the state of California.
If a Home Health Aide does not renew a certificate within four years after its expired, the certificate cannot be renewed, restored, reissued, or reinstated. The only way to renew a certificate after four years is to complete a second certification training program.
Click the below link for a list of approved training schools in California:
Some of the top HHA Agencies are as follows:
1. Absolute Home Health Agency
Address: 5021a San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
2. Affinity Health Care Providers
Address: 1551 COLORADO BLVD, SUITE 203, Los Angeles, CA 90041
3. Apex Home Health Services
Address: 3919 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043
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Approximately 31,730 people were employed as Home health aides in California in 2015.
Hourly Rate - Home health aides earned between $9.26/hour and $20.72/hour in 2015 (average rate was $13.26/hour)
Annual Salary - The annual salary ranged between $19,260 and $43,090 (average annual wage was $27,580)
Source - Bureau of Labor Statistics
Health care facilities in California are highly regulated at the state and federal levels. In addition to state regulating agencies, California has a number of public and private agencies which routinely inspect the home health care agencies.
In order to be a Home Health Aide worker in California you must be certified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Licensing and Certification Program.