Get the training you need to work as a certified Home Care Aide (HCA-C) in Washington State! Sunrise’s Basic Home Care Aide training program will prepare you for the state exam.

Our training program is partially online and partially in-person to give you the hands-on practice you need. All of the courses and instructors are DSHS approved.

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At Sunrise, all of our 75 Hours Basic Training courses and instructors are DSHS approved.


5 Hours of Orientation & Safety Training

  • Offered online only.
  • Covers basic knowledge & safety practices.
  • Caregivers must complete this course before working with a client.
  • Caregivers who have taken this course with their facility only need to present their certificate. We will honor it as the 5 hour requirement towards the 75 hour certificate.

16 Hours of Population Specific Training (PS)

  • Topics include: Dementia, Mental Health, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and a brand new, DSHS approved virtual class on Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Students choose two classes to apply to their 75 hours. 
  • All classes are taken on-site except the SUD class, which is taken virtually over two days and equals 8 hours of PS Training.
  • Students who have completed DSHS PS certificates may bring in a copy of their certificate and those credits earned will be accepted as part of the 75 hour certificate.
Therapeutic Options

54 Hours of Core Basic Training +

  • Includes 38 hours of instruction both online and in class and 2 days of hands-on skill practice in our lab.
  • At the end of the 54 hours, students will learn about the Washington State certification testing process and how best to review for the testing. Testing must occur within 150 days of obtaining the 75 hour certificate.

Washington State Home Care Aide Certification Requirements

Washington State requires 75 hours of basic training for all licensed caregivers. After you complete training, you need to pass your Washington State exam. 

To start the process, you can use the Home Care Aide Certification Application Packet published by the Department of Health to get a DSHS applicant number. Next, you can go to the website to complete your testing application. Prometric will email you your testing date, time, and location. 

Prometrics is a third party agency of the Department of Health that administers the Home Care Aide exam. You must complete written & skills testing to achieve your Home Care Aide Certified (HCA-C) credential.

Types of Caregiver Training Offered

75 Hr Basic Training

NAC Bridge Program

Nurse Delegation

CE Classes

Specialty Courses

CPR + First Aid

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