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Certifications offered by the Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) are for workers who choose to develop a wider variety of skills throughout their career.
The Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) will cover the cost of CPR and First Aid training for eligible Homecare and Personal Support Workers who:
Requests for CPR and First Aid training must be submitted in writing to the OHCC, and prior approval is required. OHCC will not reimburse providers who pay out-of-pocket for training.
To request the training
The Oregon Home Care Commission recognizes homecare workers and personal support workers who are life-long learners and want to continue developing their skills through the Professional Development Certification program.
Gain knowledge and stay current on skills that you can apply immediately to your work.
PDC scheduled courses are always listed in the Elevate Newsletter.
The 2013-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) and SEIU provided two new worker classifications with increased service payment rates. The two new worker classifications are Enhanced homecare and personal support workers and Exceptional personal support worker.
Enhanced Certification scheduled courses are always listed in the Elevate Newsletter.
Homecare workers who provide services and supports to individuals who experience quadriplegia and are dependent on a ventilator have the opportunity to earn their VDQ certification and a higher pay rate. VDQ certification training is now available, and homecare workers are encouraged to enroll.
Elevate Newsletter for a list of sessions
Questions?If you have questions, please reach out to the Oregon Home Care Commission by calling 877-867-0077 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a Community Health Worker?
A Community Health Worker (CHW) is one of five types of Traditional Health Workers (THW).
Learn more about Traditional Health Workers
What does a Community Health Worker do?
Where do CHWs typically work?
Unlike HCW and PSW, CHWs are employed by:
How to become a CHW
Are you an active Homecare or Personal Support Worker? If so, you may be eligible to take the free OHCC 96-hour Community Health Worker training.
To become a CHW:
Training will cover:
To learn about our next CHW certification schedule in your area, contact us at email@example.com or call 877-880-8071, option 1.
Who is a Traditional Health Worker?
Traditional Health Worker (THW) is an umbrella term for frontline public health workers who work in a community or clinic under the direction of a licensed health provider. There are five specialty types of THWs:
Family Support Specialist means an individual who meets qualification criteria adopted under ORS 414.665 and may be either a peer support specialist or a peer wellness specialist who, based on similar life experiences, provides support services to and has experience parenting a child who:
Youth Support Specialist means an individual who meets qualification criteria adopted under ORS 414.665 and may be either a peer support specialist or a peer wellness specialist and who, based on a similar life experience, provides supportive services to an individual who:
Contact InformationEmail firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 877-880-8071, option 1
Oregon Intervention System (OIS) is Oregon's system of training and implementing the principles of Positive Behavior Support and Intervention for people who support adults and children with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities who may display challenging behaviors.
The OIS-General course is offered for Personal Support Workers who provide in-home supports through the Oregon Home Care Commission. We contract with OIS Instructors certified through ASI Oregon to provide this training.
The Oregon Home Care Commission offers OIS-G Training for Personal Support Workers in two ways.The Oregon Home Care Commission offers OIS-G Training at no cost for Personal Support Workers who
After submitting an OIS-G Training Request Form, you will be contacted to register for an OIS-G Training.
This two-day training is provided at no cost to Personal Support Workers who meet the criteria. A training stipend is not provided.
Exceptional Personal Support Worker Certificate ProgramOIS-G is a required component of the Exceptional Personal Support Worker Certificate Program. PSWs enrolled in the Exceptional PSW Certificate Program who do not have an OIS-G Certificate will be enrolled in an OHCC OIS-G course.
Find more information on the Exceptional PSW Certificate Program.
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