What are the continuing education requirements for Direct Care Worker’s (DCW’s)?

Questions and AnswersCategory: Direct Care Worker (DCW)What are the continuing education requirements for Direct Care Worker’s (DCW’s)?
ptsadmin Staff asked 1 year ago
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ptsadmin Staff answered 1 year ago

DCW Agencies are required to issue and monitor continuing education requirements. This is not a responsibility of an Approved DCW Training and Testing Program. DCW Agencies are required to maintain documentation of the annual timeframe, hours, topics and delivery methods for continuing education.
Six (6) hours of continuing education are required annually. For DCWs hired prior to October 1, 2012, the yearly timeframe is from October to September. For DCWs hired after October 1, 2012, the yearly timeframe is the anniversary of their date of hire.
PLEASE NOTE: The training completed in the first year to become a qualified DCW can be counted towards the required six hours of continuing education.
Continuing Education shall meet the following conditions.
 CPR and first aid training cannot count toward the six hour requirement for continuing education.

  •   It shall include training on additional curriculum modules and relevant topics. It is not the intent of
    continuing education to repeat the same topics year after year.
  •   It can be offered in many forms, including in-service, video/DVD, written materials, attendant as a class or
    conference, etc.
  •   For DCWs providing care to family members only, the continuing education may be specific to the member.

 
Also, consideration should be given to allow family caregivers to complete the materials at home.