CalGrows Program

Grow Your Skills, Boost Your Future

The Center for Caregiver Advancement is one of the training providers for the CalGrows program, an initiative to help you grow your career, develop your skills, and provide quality care.

CalGrows offers you free career coaching, free training courses, and incentive payments to those who qualify.

CalGrows Eligibility:

  • You must be a Paid Direct Care Worker
  • You must be paid by an employer (including private individuals)*
  • You must have been employed as a DCW for the last 60 days
  • You must live in California

*If you are an IHSS provider: 1) you must also work as a paid caregiver in a home- or community-based setting, and 2) you must NOT have participated in the IHSS Career Pathways program.

Our courses are designed to provide home care workers with essential caregiving skills such as medication safety, standard precautions, and effective communication, as well as specialized skills to address complex physical needs, cognitive impairments, and behavior health.

Visit this page for more information about eligibility and the incentives.

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Instructor-led classes via Zoom
One of the hallmarks of a CCA training course is the interaction with our instructors and fellow caregivers. All the classes we offer for the Career Pathways Program is led by instructors and held live on Zoom. You will get the same quality instruction you receive when you participate in one of our multi-week training programs.

Classes are offered in the following languages:

  • English
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Cantonese
  • Vietnamese
  • Armenian
  • Mandarin

Gain essential and specialized skills
CCA’s course catalog is designed to help you build strong foundational knowledge for each learning pathway. We recommend that you take the classes in order. For example, start with BHS101 Course 1, BHS101 Course 2, up through Course 6 in order to complete each pathway.

These are the courses and sections that CCA offers:

Basic Health
and Safety

BHS 101

  • BHS101 (1):  Personal & Home Safety
  • BHS101 (2):Provider and Consumer Communication
  • BHS101 (3): Medication Safety
  • BHS101 (4): Mandatory Reporting & Documentation
  • BHS101 (5): Self Care
  • BHS101 (6): OHSA Workplace Safety and Workplace Violence

BHS 102

  • BHS 102 (1): Standard Precautions
  • BHS102 (2):Infection Control
  • BHS102 (3): Food Safety
  • BHS102 (4): Blood Borne Pathogens
  • BHS102 (5): CPR and AED
  • BHS102 (6): Basic First Aid


EP 103

  • EP103 (1): Climate Change and its Connection to Care
  • EP103 (2): Vulnerability, Disproportionate Impact, and Environmental Justice
  • EP103 (3): Community Resilience and Emergency Planning
  • EP103 (4): Protective Actions for Climate Related Emergencies
  • EP103 (5): Responding to Climate Related Emergencies and Communication
  • EP103 (6): Post-Climate Related Emergency Trauma

Alzheimer’s & Related Dementia

CMNH 301

  • CMHN301 (1): Role of the Caregiver
  • CMHN301 (2): Introduction, Terminology & Stats
  • CMHN301 (3): Common Behaviors and Sundowning
  • CMHN301 (4): Sleep Changes and Hallucinations, Home Safety, Wandering
  • CMHN301 (5): Assisting with Personal Hygiene
  • CMHN301 (6): Nutrition and Physical Activity


CMHN 302

  • CMHN302 (1) Introduction
  • CMHN302 (2) Terminology, Signs/Symptoms, and Risks
  • CMHN302 (3) Management
  • CMHN302 (4) Prevention and Proactive Management
  • CMHN302 (5) Supporting through Aging and Emergencies
  • CMHN302 (6) Case Scenario & Skills Practice

Traumatic Brain Injury

CMHN 303

  • CMHN303 (1) Introduction, Terminology and Statistics
  • CMHN303 (2) Risk Factors, Signs, and Symptoms
  • CMHN303 (3) Consequences
  • CMHN303 (4) Management and Prevention
  • CMHN303 (5) Emergencies and Response
  • CMHN303 (6) Case Scenarios

Diabetic Care and Nutrition

CPN 201

  • CPN201 (1) Introduction, Terminology, Statistics
  • CPN201 (2) Diabetes Risk Factors and Symptoms
  • CPN201 (3) Complications and Management
  • CPN201 (4) Prevention and Nutrition
  • CPN201 (5) Emergencies Management   and Response
  • CPN201 (6) Case Scenario & Skills Practice

Heart Disease & Care

CPN 202

  • CPN202 (1) Introduction, Terminology, Statistics
  • CPN202 (2) Signs, Symptoms, and Risk Factors
  • CPN202 (3) Complications and Management
  • CPN202 (4) Prevention
  • CPN202 (5) Heart Disease and Care: Emergencies and Response
  • CPN202 (6) Summary, Skills Practice, and Simulations


How to register for CCA classes:

Click on the button above.
Create an account to register for classes.
View the course catalog and select the classes you want to join.

  • To search for classes by language, go to the search bar on the upper right hand corner. Type the language and click on Find Course.
  • To search for classes by topic, click on the “All Competencies” drop down menu to see the list of topics available.

How the CalGrows Program works:

Step 1: Find your Courses. Take 15 hours of courses that are eligible for incentives as designated by CalGrows.

Step 2: Start an Incentive Claim. Create an account and include proof of employment status and CalGrows course completion information.

Step 3: Submit your Claim. Once the CalGrows team reviews and approves your claim, you will receive your payment within 60 business days.

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