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FAQ

Home Care

Most unpaid caregivers provide care for family members, partners, or friends. California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program pays in-home caregivers to provide non-medical personal care to seniors and persons with disabilities. To become an IHSS provider, check out the information and resources on this California Department of Social Services page.

Am I eligible for caregiver training?

Right now, our programs are offered to the following caregivers:

  • You must be an IHSS caregiver
  • For our Southern California program, your client/consumer must be an LA Care health plan member
  • For our Northern California program, your client/consumer must be an Alameda Alliance for Health member showing signs of Alzheimer’s or related dementia, and must be at least 50 years old.

Yes! The 10-week training program is free for eligible IHSS caregivers in California.

Classes are held once a week for 10 weeks.

Students who complete the training get a certificate of achievement, but this is not an official state certification (which does not exist at this time). Students who successfully pass the CPR module get a CPR certificate from the American Red Cross.

Nursing Home

You can enroll in the classes if you are a nursing home worker in California and part of the bargaining unit with SEIU Local 2015.

Yes! Training and support services are offered at no cost to workers through the Education Fund that is included in the collective bargaining agreement between the facility and SEIU Local 2015.

Click this link to see class schedules or this link to sign up online. You may also contact your Education Fund representative: For Southern California facilities, contact Adi Quezada at adi@advancecaregivers.org. For Northern California facilities, contact Tatiana Chavarria at tatianac@advancecaregivers.org.

Yes, we do! We offer a pathway to CNA certification at no cost to eligible SNF workers. We also have a CNA Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP), which allows workers to get paid for their hours in the classroom while they work as nursing aides during the course of the training program. The apprenticeship guarantees a job as a CNA at a participating skilled nursing facility once the worker passes the state certification exam.

Ask your union representatives or your bargaining team to include the Education Fund in your contract.

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