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Home Care Aide Examination Stakeholder Meeting 11/06/2013

ATTENTION: All Home Care Aide test takers and trainers!

A new certification law took effect in January 2012 that requires candidates of the Washington Home Care Aide program to follow some new guidelines in regards to their training and certification.


Complete a Washington State Department of Health application within fourteen days of hire.

As part of the application process, you will need the OCA number from your DSHS background check for this process.

Complete 75 hours of training.

The law now requires applicants to complete 75 hours of training before taking the exam but you are allowed to register for the certification exam before completing training. Once training is complete, the candidate can take the exam and they should be sure to send the training program completion certificate to the Department of Health before receiving their certification. Candidates can register for the exam before completing training but will not receive a test date until after their anticipated training program completion date.

Read the information booklet.

The booklet contains important information about exam fees, scheduling and scoring, and includes a set of frequently asked questions to help simplify the process. Please download the booklet and read it!

Download, print and complete an exam application form.

Print the blank application that appears on the screen and complete it fully. Follow the instructions on the form to submit your application. You will be asked for your candidate ID number. If you don’t know it, you can find it on the following website:

Submit application with payment.

The completed application MUST be submitted with payment for the exam. If the application is incomplete or the payment is not included, the application will be returned and the test taker will not be able to register for an exam.

Read the letter from Prometric.

Once Prometric has received the completed application package, we will send an Admission to Test letter to the e-mail address or physical address provided on the test taker’s application. The letter will provide information about the time, date and location of your exam, so please read it carefully. This is the last piece of the puzzle that you will need for your exam.

Prepare for test day!

Arrive at the testing location communicated in the letter at the designated time and date. Test takers should bring the admission to test letter and a form of ID to the testing location.


We hope this helps provide some guidance around the new process and helps test takers and trainers know what steps to take to have a positive testing experience.

For questions about the testing process please contact: