PSW-HCW

Overview

The Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) offers a Professional Development Certification (PDC) for homecare (HCW) and personal support workers (PSW). The purpose of the certification is to acknowledge the continued skill development and services provided by HCWs and PSWs. Providers who complete the requirements, receive a 2-year certification with a .50 wage increase over the base rate.

Professional Development Certification launched on January 1,2017 and has been earned by over 700 providers in it’s first two years offered. Today, HCWs and PSWs enjoy taking some of the courses online. Additionally, the PDC is in five languages: English, Russian, Spanish, Somali, and Arabic.

The Oregon Home Care Commission offers monthly in-person and online training courses for providers seeking to meet the PDC requirements. HCWs and PSWs may self-register for training classes through the OHCC Registry, use in iLearnOregon for online courses, or may contact OHCC by phone or email.

Requirements
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​Co​mp​lete three Core Courses – in-person or online​
Core Courses:

  1. Keeping It Professional
  2. Working Together
  3. Helping Caregivers Fight Fraud and Abuse
Self-register for in-person classes on the Registry

Register for online classes using iLearnOregon​.​​ Learn more about online classess offered by OHCC and how to create an iLearnOregon account on our Online Training Web Page.

Complete Five Hours of Safety-Type Course​​s
​Approved Safety-Type Courses:

  • Medication Safety
  • ​Preventing Disease Transmission
  • Protect Against Sprains and Strains
  • Taking Responsibility for Personal Safety

OR

  • Completed Community of Practice and Safety Support (COMPASS)
​The length of the classes you take will determine how many are needed to meet the requirement of five hours. See the OHCC newsletter for the length of each class.

Self-register for in-person classes on the Registry

Register for COMPASS on iLearnOregon

Complete Five Hours of Elective Courses
​​Approved Elective Courses:

  • Bathing and Grooming
  • Everyone Communicates (PSW only)
  • Heart Healthy
  • Nutrition Basics
  • Sensory Processing Disorder - Adults
  • Sensory Processing Disorder - Children (PSW only)
  • Working with Challenging Behaviors (HCW only)
Make sure the elective course applies to your program. For example, if you are a PSW you will not get credit for “Working with Challenging Behaviors” as your Elective Course.

The length of the classes you take will determine how many are needed to meet the requirement of five hours. See the OHCC newsletter for the length of each class.

Self-register for in-person classes on the Registry​

​Complete course assessments for each course related to your PDC

​Keep track of the date and score for each assessment you complete. You will not be able to go back and find this information after you close the assessment.​

Do not complete an assessment until you have completed the course. Assessments taken prior to completing a course will not apply toward your certification requirements.

​Workers who score below 80% will need to retake the class before they take the assessment again.

For more information, email: Certifications.OHCC@dhsoha.state.or.us​

NEW!

Equivalency – Oregon Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

​Providers who have a current (not expired) Oregon CNA certification may substitute their certification for the PDC Safety-Type Courses and the PDC Elective Courses with their INITIAL application.

Renewals will follow normal PDC renewal requirements.

Send a copy of your Oregon CNA certificate to OHCC when you apply for your PDC.​

Email: Certifications.OHCC@dhsoha.state.or.us​
Fax: (503) 378-5886
Mail:
OHCC
Basement Level
550 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301

​Complete and maintain CPR and First Aid certifications

​Send copies of your CPR and First Aid cards to OHCC when you apply for your PDC and any time you get new cards. CPR Certifications require a demonstration of skills.​

You will need to renew your CPR and First Aid certifications before your PDC expires. You must remember to send the new cards to the OHCC.

​Remember, CPR/First Aid cards for PDC must be sent to OHCC (not the local office) at one of the following locations:​​

Email: Certifications.OHCC@dhsoha.state.or.us​
Fax: (503) 378-5886
Mail:
OHCC
Basement Level
550 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301

​Keep your No-Show rate for OHCC classes at 20% or below

​Keep track of the classes for which you register and self-cancel as soon as you know you cannot attend.​

​If you have trouble cancelling a class, always email the OHCC Training Unit at Training.OHCC@dhsoha.state.or.us​.

Include your provider number and the class name, date and location in your email message.

​Maintain an active HCW or PSW provider number

​Make sure all active provider numbers are included on your PDC Application.

​Workers who are approved to work in more than one program, may have more than one active provider number.​

​Complete and submit your PDC Application

​Workers should submit their application after they have met all the requirements listed above.

Workers should turn the completed application in to the OHCC training unit no later than the first day of the month. The start date of the PDC will be the first day of the pay period, in the following month.

Download the PDC Application​

Send your completed application, including your CPR First Aid cards, and Oregon CNA (if applicable) to one of the following:

Email: Certifications.OHCC@dhsoha.state.or.us​
Fax: (503) 378-5886
Mail:
OHCC
Basement Level
550 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301​

​Receive PDC certificate and approval letter

​OHCC will email the PDC certificate and an approval letter to you. The letter will provide instructions on how to maintain and renew your PDC.

​Your wage differential will be in effect on the first day of your certification.​

It is recommended that you print the letter and your certificate for easy reference.

PSWs will need to take the letter and certificate to the brokerage or CDDP each time they start working for a new individual.​

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​Maintaining

Professional Development Certification depends on a provider’s CPR/First Aid. If the CPR/First Aid card expires during the 24-month PDC, the provider will lose their .50 cent pay increase and return to the base pay rate. To avoid the wage increase from being interrupted, due to an expired CPR/First Aid card, providers will need to:

  • Keep track of the expiration date of the CPR/First Aid card on a personal calendar
  • Send a copy of the CPR/First Aid cards directly to OHCC when renewed
  • Email – Certifications.OHCC@dhsoha.state.or.us​

Providers are required to get OHCC their new CPR/First Aid cards BEFORE the old card expires so there will be no lapse in pay – don’t forget to send in renewal cards!

Renewing

After having Professional Development Certification for 12-months, a provider can begin the renewal process. To qualify for renewal a provider will need to complete all the requirements on the table above but will NOT need to submit a new application.

Questions

If you have questions, please email Certifications.OHCC@dhsohastate.or.us​​​​

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