To become certified as an HHA in New York, you can receive training through the University system, an HHA program, or a certified HHA agency.
The New York State Department of Health and/or the New York State Education Department are the only agencies which can approve Home Health Aide Training Programs.
The New York Department of Health provides an updated list of Home Health Aide Training Program Facilities in NY. This resource lists the “open date” of each program, which is a great way to start evaluating the programs’ legitimacy. It also lists the name of the program, the address, and phone number for you to contact.
The New York Department of Health provides a list of Home Health Care Agencies. The list can be filtered using various criteria under the title “Home Care”. This resource collects data that gives you a general overview of the agency, a quality score sheet of the agency offerings, the latest inspection report of the agency, and general enforcement actions against the agency.
Another great resource is the Visiting Nurse Service of New York which is the largest not-for-profit home health care organization in the country. This organization certifies home health aides that have 30 hours more training than New York requires.
The Home Care Association of New York State is another New York home care association which represents more than 400 providers.
Approximately 162,240 people were employed as Home health aides in New York in 2015.
Hourly Rate - Home health aides earned between $9.27/hour and $14.01/hour in 2015 (average rate was $11.23/hour)
Annual Salary - The annual salary ranged between $19,280 and $29,130 (average annual wage was $23,370)
Source - Bureau of Labor Statistics
Home Health Aides in New York are highly regulated by the New York State Department of Health. The New York State Education Department is responsible for carrying out these regulations, and lists (below) the requirements to become certified as a home health aide in NY.
The New York State Department of Health mandates that a Home Health Aide needs to complete a minimum of 95 hours of training in order to become certified. The caveat is that the Home Health aide must complete their training within a 60 day window. The training breaks down in the following manner:
- 65 hours of classroom training – lecture (45 hours) and return demonstration (20 hours). Previously, the mandate was for 60 hours of training. However, now an extra 5 hours covers child care module.
- 30 hours of supervised clinical experience
Training programs must be approved by either New York State Department of Health or the New York State Education Department. Training programs, however, cannot be approved by both.
Upon completion of the certification program, the Home Care Registry issues a certificate and registry number and appropriate approval signature.
Database for certified HHAs -A database is maintained for all certified home health aides. The directory can be accessed by clicking the link below
Validity of HHA certificate - Home health aides in New York State remain certified as long as they work for a home health agency, which is certified or licensed by the New York State Department of Health. The home health agency where the home health aide is employed must provide nursing supervision and 12 hours of in-service training per year. If the aide leaves the employment of an agency to work privately in New York State or to work out-of-state, the home health aide certification lapses two years from the date that the person last worked at a home health agency in New York State.
Certification without classroom training – An individual can still become an HHA without completing the 65 hours of training provided s/he successfully completes an Equivalency Test. An agency with an approved HHA training program may be able to provide such a test. More details about the Equivalency test can be found by clicking the link below
Frequently asked questions about HHAs : CLICK HERE Key forms: CLICK HERE NY State Home Care Training Curriculum: CLICK HERE