It ‘s wonderful to volunteer your time as a caregiver, but if you are spending a significant amount of your time in an assisted living facility as a volunteer you should consider getting certified. Contrary to popular belief acquiring caregiver certification does not have to be expensive. Despite the fact that some organizations charge upwards of several thousand dollars, the American Caregiver Association believes that this is not necessary. As the most established name in the caregiver industry for more than 21 years, we understand that cost is a major factor in deciding whether or not you can “afford” caregiver training, or a caregiver course for that matter.
The fact is, many volunteers opt not to explore their training options, or obtain caregiver certification due to the “belief” that there is nothing available that will fit both their budget or their needs as a volunteer. Fortunately however, the American Caregiver Association (ACA) offers a way for volunteers to get caregiver certification without the worry of cost or “matched” needs. The ACA’s National Caregiver Certification Course (NCCC) is inexpensive at only $69.00, and right now you also get free ACA membership with the purchase of any ACA course.
The ACA NCCC course is self-study and can be completed at your own pace. Most students complete the caregiver course within a few days, or a week or two. The benefits of getting certification are valuable, even from the perspective of a volunteer. First, it provides you with more credibility in the industry. Second, at some point if you want to pursue a career as a paid caregiver you position yourself as more marketable. Third, you enhance your knowledge and skills. Forth, you become more of an asset to your organization. Lastly, and possibly most importantly, you put your organization and your residents at ease. To find out how to become a nationally certified caregiver visit the ACA at www.americancaregiverassociation.org