How to Become a Licensed Caregiver

by Contributor ; Updated October 25, 2017

Items you will need

  • Documentation of your legal status
  • Health records

States requirements do differ but most states do require certification for home health and certified nurses aides. While some people do hire aides without certification there are risks in working without certification.

Step 1

You will need to insure you have the appropriate paper work and legal status to apply to work in the field. Again while some people choose to work without this paperwork you do run risks when you don't have it.

Step 2

In order to become certified you have to complete a training program that meets the certification standards for your state. I know some of our local nursing home do offer in-house staff training programs to promote from within, but you can also find local programs through technical high schools and other programs in your local area. If you are interested, one way to get information is to call local nursing homes or companies that provide services. In our area I'd likely call Visiting Nurse to find out where they suggested I get training.

Step 3

In order to get into these programs you generally have to have some medical screenings and your tests and vaccinations need to be up to date. You will have to maintain them when you are working in a facility as most keep records on file for inspections.

Step 4

The programs vary in length and costs depending on the program you choose and the requirements of your state. Make sure the program you enrolled in is a qualified program under your state standards.

Step 5

If you have a specific place in mind you want to work, check with them to find out if they have a preference for where you get your training and certification. If pays to have the skills and habits they want in an employee.

Step 6

If you want to work for as a private duty professional, research to determine if you want to work for an agency, or recruiting your own clients. Make sure you understand fully the tax implications of working for yourself and that regardless of your employers wishes you are handling the tax paperwork properly.


  • Knowing the requirements in your state is key. While working uncertified is done, realize there are personal and financial risks to yourself and your family should something happen. Make sure you are covered if you are self-employed with liability insurance and if you work for someone check on their coverage for you.