HHA Certification in New York: Training Requirements

If you’re interested in pursuing a HHA career and would like to receive your HHA certification in NY, you would be in good company!  

With many options for both paid and free home health aide training in New York, there are numerous opportunities for you to begin a program that is right for you.

Check out some of basic training requirements and need-to-know information below to get started!

Quick Facts:

  • Department of Health HHA Certification - 75 hrs
  • Education Department HHA Certification - 83 hrs
  • Average HHA Salary - $24,150 
  • Average Hourly Wage - $11.61
  • Employment - 173,830 (Highest in the U.S.)

What are the program requirements for HHA training in New York?

Employment by any home health agency that receives patient reimbursement from Medicare or Medicaid requires successful completion of a formal home health aide training program. 

To obtain certification as a home heath aide in NY State, you must:

  1. Complete a training program approved by either New York Department of Health or New York State Education Department
  2. Pass a competency evaluation with a minimum score of 80%

So what’s the difference between NYDOH and NYSED HHA training programs?

The duration and exact curriculum of your training will vary slightly depending on who regulates your chosen program.

Arguably, the differences between the Department of Health and Education Department approved programs are most apparent in the processes that happen prior to enrollment.

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Since NYDOH programs are not allowed to charge tuition and NYSED programs may charge any amount of tuition for HHA training, entrance requirements and enrollment processes will be customized.

Take a look at these quick breakdowns:

New York Department of Health approved programs:

  • Are provided by any “individual or corporation licensed or certified as a home health care services agency in New York State and/or any other program that is not a secondary or post-secondary education agency”
  • May not charge tuition, but may charge up to $100 to cover mandatory equipment
  • Require applicants be able to read and write in English (at a 6th grade level), and carry out assigned instructions
  • Students have a maximum of 60 days to complete the required 75 hours of training, which includes:
  • 40 hours of home care curriculum in the classroom
  • 19 hours of health related task curriculum in the classroom
  • 16 hours of supervised practical training, 50% of which must be provided in a patient care setting

It is important to note that these types of programs are looking to enroll students who will become future employees. Their application processes will be similar to a job interview, ensuring that potential students are able to meet not only rigorous training schedules, but company employment guidelines as well.

New York State Education Department approved programs:

  • Are provided by any “secondary or post-secondary education agency seeking to sponsor a home health aide training program”
  • May charge any amount of tuition
  • Require applicants be able to read and write in English (at an 8th grade level), and carry out assigned instructions
  • Students must complete 83 hours of training, which includes:
  • 75 hours of didactic classroom instruction
  • 8 hours of supervised clinical experience
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Programs approved by NYSED often have involved enrollment processes. It would not be uncommon for potential students to meet with admissions representatives, verify previous education received, and be required to pass varying forms of entrance exams to ensure they are able to meet the stated educational goals of the training offered.

What are some examples of basic entrance requirements?

As mentioned, entrance requirements will vary depending on the type of HHA training in New York you wish to pursue. There are, however, some things you can consider prior to enrollment that may help you decide the kind of program that may be better suited to your educational needs:

NYDOH programs may ask you to:

  • Provide verifiable work history
  • Participation in a professional interview, either by phone or in person
  • Provide personal and professional references

NYSED may ask you to:

  • Sign an enrollment agreement that binds you to the school’s standards of enrollment and training requirements
  • Meet the program’s financial obligations
  • Pass standardized entrance exams

Most programs will require:

  • Potential students be at least 18 years old
  • Valid forms of government issued ID
  • A completed physical examination, which may include:
  • Clean toxicology screening
  • Rubella immunization or appropriate screening
  • A negative TB test within the last six months
  • Life time search of expanded criminal background check
  • Fingerprinting, including “rap back” process

Can I receive my HHA certification online from the New York Department of Health or from the New York State Education Department?

No, at the moment there are no programs offering training or HHA certificates online.

Do I have to complete an approved HHA training program in order to receive my HHA certification in NY?

There are individuals who are eligible to skip an approved training program and pursue an equivalency test instead! 

Examples of individuals who may qualify to pursue the equivalency test include:

  • “Applicants previously trained as nursing assistants in other health care settings with six months of documented home health aide/personal care aide experience
  • Applicants with one year or more of documented nursing assistant or home health aide experience
  • Applicants with documented home health aide training from other than New York State approved training programs
  • Applicants who are personal care aides with certificates from programs approved by the State Department of Social Services who have worked a minimum of six months of employment is required
  • Applicants who are nursing students and have completed the fundamentals of nursing
  • Applicants who are LPNs or RNs”

Pursuing this alternate route requires proof of eligibility and a minimum score of 75% of the equivalency exam.

What happens after I complete my home health aide training in New York?

Once you have successfully completed the classroom training, clinical training, and certification exam you will be eligible to receive a home health aide certificate from the New York State Department of Health.

And your new career is officially underway! 

As of 2009, the Department maintains a registry of all valid home health aide certificates, so the certificate you receive will include a registry number, a certificate number, and an official signature.

How long is my HHA certificate valid?

If you choose to pursue work at a DOH approved home health agency, your HHA certification in NY will remain valid as long as you are employed at an agency.

However, your employment at the agency must include the required nursing supervision and 12 hours of in-service training per year.

If you choose to pursue private employment or work at an agency outside of the state of New York, your NY HHA certification will expire two years from the date you last worked at a DOH approved home health agency.

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New York State Department of Health
Corning Tower
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