While there are several free caregiver training certification programs out there, it’s important to understand that there is only one official caregiver certification that you can acquire at the national level and that is through the American Caregiver Association. The American Caregiver Association is the national certifying organization for caregivers and has been since 1985. The American Caregiver Association also oversees the National Caregiver Registry, or NCR. The NCR is the official registry of certified caregivers at the national level.
While we encourage additional training beyond what we offer as the national certifying body, keep in mind that any free caregiver training certification program that you go through will NOT get you entry into the National Caregiver Registry. Nor, will a free caregiver training certification program typically qualify you to meet requirements for long-term care insurance and most other insurance companies. Moreover, when insurance companies want to verify your caregiver certification and credentialing they will contact the American Caregiver Association, NOT the free caregiver training certification program because they will want to obtain your status in the NCR. This can only be done through the American Caregiver Association.
Likewise, while some free caregiver training certification programs may maintain information on their students, they do not maintain official caregiver registries, only the American Caregiver Association does. Please do keep this in mind as you look to advance your career, meet an insurance requirement or are needing caregiver certification for some other purpose. For example, if you want to take care of mom or dad or grandma or grandpa in a 55 plus community you will need caregiver certification from the American Caregiver Association, as these communities will generally only recognize caregiver certification from the American Caregiver Association. With this in mind, below are some additional reasons why we certify caregivers: