RENEWING HHA CERTIFICATE IF ITS EXPIRED

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Sexygyal in Jamaica, New York

34 months ago

Hi all I have a question, I got my my hha certificate in june 2010, I've worked for maybe 3 days at a Assisted living facility, After that not nothing else.
Not by choice it just thats its really hard to find decent agencies in the nyc area everyone wants to slave you around or lie about their cases.
Anyhoo Im getting ready to start my Cna training Nov 12, 2012. But I'm still in need of a job as I Need money.
So my questions is I'm not sure if my hha certificate is expired or not since i barely used it. Is there a way to find out, also if it is there a way to renew it without having to do the whole course over again???

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Salcare Home Health Care Services Inc in New York, New York

31 months ago

Sexygyal in Jamaica, New York said: Hi all I have a question, I got my my hha certificate in june 2010, I've worked for maybe 3 days at a Assisted living facility, After that not nothing else.
Not by choice it just thats its really hard to find decent agencies in the nyc area everyone wants to slave you around or lie about their cases.
Anyhoo Im getting ready to start my Cna training Nov 12, 2012. But I'm still in need of a job as I Need money.
So my questions is I'm not sure if my hha certificate is expired or not since i barely used it. Is there a way to find out, also if it is there a way to renew it without having to do the whole course over again???

An HHA certificate expires in two years if you have not had 12 hours of in-service per year. So, you can see if an agency will take your certificate in order to qualify you to take the "competency course" which means you would be tested on the entire HHA program to see if you are eligible for the certification again. If not, you have to take the whole course again. The problem is, not many agencies provide the competency examination anymore. Licensed training schools in New York State are not allowed to offer that option. Licensed agencies who have an approved curriculum amy have approval for competency ONLY.

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cmderuisseau in Stoughton, Massachusetts

25 months ago

Hi, I was working as H.H.A for years, then i went to school for Cosmetology and Esthetician. I have been working in Spa for about 10 years.

I decided to go back to be HHA again, but company can take me because I don't have my HHA Certificate, but I can not do again because I'm already certified. Where can I go to find my Certification?

Please someone help.
Thank You.
Carla DeRuisseau

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Harry in Spring Valley, New York

4 months ago

I was a HHA but did not keep my in service hour up to date how do i get recertified without taking any classes at least just a test.

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Salcare Home Health Care Services Inc in New York, New York

4 months ago

You need to find a home care agency with an approved HHA course that has the additional approval to allow you to challenge the course by showing your expired HHA certificate and taking the 100 question exam. The licensed schools in New York State are not allowed to give the challenge exam since the State Education Department has not approved such. I hope this answer is of help to you. Best of luck.

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Salcare Home Health Care Services Inc in New York, New York

4 months ago

Harry in Spring Valley, New York said: I was a HHA but did not keep my in service hour up to date how do i get recertified without taking any classes at least just a test.

An HHA certificate expires in two years if you have not had 12 hours of in-service per year. So, you can see if an agency will take your certificate in order to qualify you to take the "competency course" which means you would be tested on the entire HHA program to see if you are eligible for the certification again. If not, you have to take the whole course again. The problem is, not many agencies provide the competency examination anymore. Licensed training schools in New York State are not allowed to offer that option. Licensed agencies who have an approved curriculum AND have approval for competency ONLY.

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Thetiger in Westbury, New York

4 months ago

I'm working as a HHA right now with a expired certificate! I have been for almost a year. The agency where I took the competency test told me my certificate was good after the test but it's still expired! Not only did they lie to me but are
Allowing me to work still even though my certificate is expired

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Salcare Home Health Care Services Inc in New York, New York

4 months ago

Thetiger in Westbury, New York said: I'm working as a HHA right now with a expired certificate! I have been for almost a year. The agency where I took the competency test told me my certificate was good after the test but it's still expired! Not only did they lie to me but are
Allowing me to work still even though my certificate is expired

If you have worked as an HHA and have done your 12 hours of in-service per year consecutively with a licensed or certified home health agency, your HHA certificate is still valid. If you did not do your 12 hours of in-service for 24 months, the certificate becomes invalid. There are no expiration dates on an HHA certificate. If you did the competency testing and received a new HHA certificate, it is valid for up to 24 months. Check with the Director of Patient Services or the Director of Training at the agency you work in. When people work privately or stop working for a licensed or certified agency (and did not keep up with their 12 hours of in-service a year), that's the number 1 reason why HHA certificates expire.

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