Know Your Options for Basic Training 70 

If you are becoming a certified Standard Home Care Aide (HCA)—Basic Training 70 prepares you with the information and skills you need to successfully pass the certification exam and become a HCA.

You can currently take Basic Training 70 version 3 (BT70 v3) or Basic Training 70 version 4 (BT70 v4). Use the chart below to see the key differences between your two options.

Basic Training 70
Version 3
Basic Training 70
Version 4
Duration
70 hours that can be completed in 14 days.
70 hours that can be completed in 5-6 weeks.
Includes
8 full days of in-person classroom lessons.
6 days of webinars (3.5 hours per day).
5 full days of in-person classroom lessons.
4 days of webinars (less than 2.5 hours per day).
28.5 hours of self-paced online courses.
Locations
Available at multiple locations throughout the state.
Only available in limited locations. Check the Caregiver Learning Center for the most up to date list of locations.
Languages
English, Arabic, Amharic, Chinese, Khmer, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Ukranian and Vietnamese.

Course materials are also available in Tagalog, Ukrainian, Laotian, Samoan, Farsi, Nepali or Punjabi; course interpretation is also available.
Offered only in English, without interpretation options.

So, if you want more flexibility and less in-classroom time, and don’t need to take Basic Training in a language other than English, you may want to take BT70 v4, if it’s available where you live. 

If you need to complete Basic Training quickly, would like to take it in your language and/or are able to take many days of in-person classes, you may want to take BT70 v3. 

Other things to think about when choosing between v3 and v4:   

  • If you miss a class and need to make it up, BT70 v3 and BT70 v4 classes cannot be combined.  
  • Due to limited availability, you may need to wait until the next month to make up a BT70 v4 class.  
  • Attendance for the first BT70 v4 in-person class is mandatory. If you miss it, you will have to unenroll and enroll in a new course. 

 

How to Enroll  

Agency Providers (APs): contact your employer to enroll. 

Individual Providers (IPs): you can enroll in either version of BT70 in the Caregiver Learning Center To select the BT70 version you would like to enroll in and take, log in to the Caregiver Learning Center.    

 Once you are loggin into to the Caregiver Learning Center, you can select the BT70 version you would like to enroll in.

 

Taking BT70 v3 in Your Preferred Language 

BT70 v3* classes and course materials are available in many languages. Even if you speak English fluently, a course in your primary language may better set you up for success.  

If there are no courses available near a 50-mile radius of your area, you can call the Member Resource Center to request a professional interpreter for an English class.  

Classes are currently available in: Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Khmer, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. 

Course Materials are available in the above languages and: Nepali, Samoan, Tagalog, Ukrainian, Laotian, Farsi and Punjabi. 

*BT70 v4 does not currently offer language or professional interpreter options.  

   

Get Help

Member Resource Center (MRC)
If you have questions about Basic Training enrollment or need help using the Caregiver Learning Center—contact the MRC at 1-866-371-3200 or email mrc@myseiubenefits.org. They are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific time. 

Peer Mentors
Peer Mentors are certified HCAs who can help explain what to expect before, during and after your Basic Training course. They can help you understand which version is best for you. They cannot enroll you in a course; contact the MRC for enrollment help. To contact a Peer Mentor, call 855-803-2095  or email peer.mentorship@myseiubenefits.org. They are available 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. 

Your Employer
Your employer can help you with questions about your provider type, what training is required, your deadline or getting paid for training.  

  

 

Get HCA Certification Support

Have questions about the HCA application and certification?
Call the Department of Health (DOH) 360-236-2700 or email hmccreview@doh.wa.gov.

Have questions about the Home Care Aide exam? 
Call Prometric 1-800-324-4689 or email wahca@prometric.com.

Need help becoming a paid and certified HCA?
The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Navigators can help you complete the process of becoming a paid and certified HCA.

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Caregiver Learning Center System Maintenance

June 6 (Thursday) – June 10 (Monday)

You can log in, enroll and take your training in the Caregiver Learning Center during this time. 

If you complete training during the System Maintenance, it will be sent to your employer after June 10. 

Please contact your employer if you have questions about your training requirement, deadline or payment.