Certified Homemaker-Home Health Aides
Certification of Homemaker-Home Health Aides
What Everyone Needs to Know
- Homemaker-home health aides are certified by the New Jersey Board of Nursing ("Board") after successfully completing a required 76-hour training program, a competency evaluation and a criminal history background check. The training program shall consist of at least 76 hours, to include 60 hours of classroom instruction and 16 hours of clinical instruction in a skills laboratory or patient-care setting.
- The program curriculum, the training faculty, and the training facility must be reviewed and approved by the Board. The program coordinator will receive a certification package from the Board.
- After completion of the training program, the agency or school must submit a list of all the program graduates. The list must be sent to the Board in .pdf format via email. The program coordinators are required to also provide letters of completion for each program graduate for the approved program session. These documents can be scanned into one .pdf file and provided to the Board. Agencies or schools must supply the name of the individual who will be providing this information to the Board.
- The applicant must submit a completed application, 2" x 2" color passport photo, a birth certificate, proof of legal name change (if applicable), immigration documents (if applicable), criminal history documents (if applicable), a promise of employment from the applicant's prospective New Jersey employer on official company letterhead, and a money order or certified check made payable to the "New Jersey Board of Nursing" in the amount of $80 to cover the costs of application and certification. No personal checks will be accepted.
- The homemaker-home health aide applicant may be assigned to patient care after 120-day conditional eligibility has been granted by the Board. An applicant listed as "disapproved" may not be assigned to patient care.
- A New Jersey registered professional nurse must supervise the certified homemaker-home health aide and the program of care delivered. A "homemaker-home health aide" means a person who is employed by a home care services agency and who, under the supervision of a registered professional nurse, follows a delegated nursing regimen or performs tasks which are delegated consistent with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 13:37-6.2.
- Refer to the Board's fee schedule for the changes to homemaker-home health aide fees: lapsed licenses, late submissions, affidavits and name/address changes.
Certification by Endorsement - What Everyone Needs to Know
- For an applicant to be considered, she/he must have completed a homemaker-home health aide course of at least 76 hours.
- The following items must be completed and returned to the Board:
- An application for certification;
- A certification and authorization form;
- A money order or certified check made payable to the "New Jersey Board of Nursing" in the amount of $60 to cover the costs of application and certification;
- An official letter from the training agency verifying the number of training hours completed. The letter must be mailed directly to the Board; and
- A promise-of-employment letter from your prospective New Jersey employer.
- No personal checks will be accepted.