Online Learning

Thank you for your interest in our online training.  These FREE trainings will help you develop skills for home care work. A certificate is awarded for any training you complete.

A username and password are required, which will save your place if you need to leave a training before finishing it. When you log back in you will start where you left off. Your username and password are never shared with anyone.

Health Care Worker

Stay Safe

(9 minute video)

In this short video, a home care worker from Massachusetts shows you how to safely put on and take off any PPE you might need to wear when you care for a client or consumer-employer. You won't need all this PPE for every visit. Your supervisor will tell you what pieces of PPE you need.

Woman using a walker and a home health aide walking along side of her

Fundamentals of Home Care

(6 hours)

Direct care workers can stay safe and healthy while performing direct care work if they follow a set of safe-working guidelines. This training presents those guidelines. If you have little to no PCA or direct care experience, this training includes lots of information about working for people in their homes. The goal of this training is to keep you and your consumer-employer safe and healthy.


PCA Toolkit

The PCA Toolkit contains a generic PCA job description, a one-page flyer, a job preview video, and several other resources to help you understand this gratifying job opportunity. Many resources are available in additional languages.


ABCs for Direct Care Workers/Home Care Aide Training (PHCAST)

(37 hours)

This online course prepares individuals to work as an agency-based home care aide. This is a video-based course. A video host will present key concepts and in-depth knowledge of related topics and responsibilities of home care aides.

PCA cleaning and mopping the floor

Cleaning for Consumers with Asthma

(30 minutes)

Some types of dirt and some types of cleaning products make people with asthma sick. This training will help you keep a person’s home safe for them as you clean their living space.

pills spilling onto counter

Opioid Use in Older Adults 

(25 minutes)

In your work as a direct care worker, you may see side effects of opioid use or signs of misuse that family members or doctors may not see. This training outlines the risks and benefits of opioid use and how to recognize problems in the older adults you work with. 

woman pointing to her hearing aide

Support for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

(30 minutes)

People who are deaf or hard of hearing from birth often have different communication skills than hearing people or people who developed hearing loss later in life. This training will help direct care workers communicate with people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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LGBT and Aging in Massachusetts

Boston University School of Social Work
(60 minutes)

The Commonwealth’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults deserve to be treated with dignity and compassion. To ensure that elder care providers are prepared to work with LGBT older adults the LGBT and Aging in Massachusetts training will explain and provide scenarios to better understand their unique needs. This training is appropriate for any individual who works with older adults.