Personal Care Aide

Personal Care Aide Training

Would you like to get paid for giving professional quality care?

The Successful Aging Institute can help you achieve this goal through our 40-hour Personal Care Aide Training!

Free Personal Care Aide Preview Presentation
5:30-6:30 pm, Thurs, April 7
Location: LCC Downtown Campus, Room TBA
Instructor: Susman

Personal Care Aide Training
5:30-8:30 pm, Tues/Thurs, April 19 to June 2
Location: LCC Downtown Campus, Room TBA
Instructor: Gilad & Mosman

The Personal Care Aide (PCA) Program


What limitations are there for PCAs?

PCAs cannot work in hospitals, nor in skilled nursing facilities.

Is there another caregiving class I can take that will hone my caregiving skills and help me get a job in the field?

Yes. Personal Care Aides (PCA) work as caregiving staff for in-home care, assisted living, residential care, and adult foster home agencies.


How does the PCA class compare to CNA1 classes?

This is a slower-paced class, and includes only one test. A PCA is not required to be certified. More than a dozen local employers provide special hiring promotions (higher wage, retroactive scholarships, etc.) to those who pass the PCA course. 80-85% of PCA students who pass the class get jobs in the field.


What limitations are there for PCAs?

PCAs cannot work in hospitals, nor in skilled nursing facilities.


How is the PCA class conducted?

The class is presented through interactive lecture, demonstration, and hands-on labs. There is one final test, which 90% of PCA students pass.


What is the cost of the PCA class and what does that cost include?

The cost is $389 which includes the textbook and a large packet of additional information.


How many hours and how long is the PCA class?

The class is 40 hours total, and is 7 weeks long.


What are the date and time for PCA classes?

Classes are held weekly on Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm.


What happens after I pass the PCA test?

Those who pass receive a list of more than a dozen area employers who offer special hiring promotions including retroactive scholarships.


Are there prerequisites for PCA employment?

Potential employers will conduct comprehensive criminal history checks before hiring, just as they do for potential CNA employees.


How do I register for the PCA class?

  1. To register for classes, please set up a profile on our online registration system (link is external)  If you have already created a profile, go to step 8.
  2. Click "Create a New Profile" and fill out the form
  3. You must fill in all boxes that have an asterisk
  4. Your L number is not required
  5. Use your email address for your username
  6. Create a password of your choice
  7. Once your profile has been set up you are ready to register
  8. Search for a class by clicking "courses" in the left hand column or in the search field on the upper right of the page
  9. Add your class to the shopping cart and checkout to finalize your registration

For additional information about the PCA class or to register for any class offered through SAI, please contact us by phone, (541) 463-6262 or by email

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