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Personal Care Assistance

Individual PCA standardized training

Page posted: 11/04/13

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Legal Authority

Minn. Stat. §256B.0659, subd.11(a)(8)


The 2009 Minnesota Legislature required all personal care assistants to complete standardized training. DHS developed an online PCA worker training that meets this mandate.

The online PCA worker training is available to anyone who wishes to provide PCA services. The training consists of nine modules and a certification test.


PCAs are required to complete the DHS training:

  • • Before completing the Minnesota Health Care Programs enrollment process as a PCA
  • • Within one year after the training is available in multiple languages, if currently enrolled and affiliated with a PCA agency
  • PCAs must complete the competency test with a score of 80 percent or higher.

    The training is captioned and includes the following basic components:

  • • Basic first aid
  • • Basic roles and responsibilities of an individual PCA
  • • OSHA universal precautions
  • • Vulnerable adult and child maltreatment
  • Secondary Information


  • • Is available online 24, hours a day
  • • Is free to the public
  • • Offers a separate test-out process
  • PCAs receive a certificate after successful completion of the test. The person may use the certificate as many times as needed for employment with one or more PCA agencies.

    The training and test are currently available in English. The training and test will be available in five additional languages: Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

    PCA Provider Agency Responsibilities

    Provider agencies are responsible to:

  • • Obtain a copy of the certificate of completion (this ensures PCAs have taken and passed the required training)
  • • Provide DHS with a copy of the certificate during the enrollment process
  • DHS allows PCA agencies to make resources available for their employees to:

  • • Review the online modules and
  • • Take the required test
  • Additional Information

    PCAs affiliated with a PCA provider agency contact their PCA provider agency with questions. If the provider agency is unable to answer the question, the agency may contact the MHCP Provider Call Center.

    PCAs not yet affiliated with a PCA provider agency may email their questions to DHS DSD Response Center or call (651) 431-4300 (metro area) or 1 (866) 867-7655 (Toll Free).

    Minnesota individual personal care assistant (PCA) standardized training

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