CPAC Curriculum Ideal for Direct Care Alliance Credentialing


Ever since its inception in the summer of 2012, the DirectCourse/College of Personal Assistance & Caregiving (CPAC) curriculum was created to educate the home care aides, personal care attendants and personal assistants that provide services for older adults and persons with physical disabilities living in long-term home and community based environments.

Created by the Center for Personal Assistance Services at the University of California, San Francisco, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center, CPAC was seen not just as an effective tool for learning, but a curriculum that would be ideal for learners interested in becoming credentialed.

The national Direct Care Alliance (DCA), based in New York City, is the national advocacy voice of direct care workers in long-term care. The DCA Personal Care and Support Credential is a competency-based test for personal assistance workers in home and community-based settings.

By utilizing the convenient, online CPAC curriculum, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, direct care workers can acquire the knowledge to meet the competency-based DCA test. The Elsevier Knowledge Inventory Tool (KIT) is an assignable module in CPAC that can be useful for agencies employing personal assistants. The KIT evaluation can be built around the DCA competency test, allowing learners to demonstrate their knowledge. For instance, if a personal assistant has been employed two years, the KIT could be assigned to a worker to evaluate readiness and in those areas requiring additional knowledge. Furthermore, the KIT can automatically assign the remedial content.

If there are no national credentialing or training requirements for personal assistants, the people who rely on their services have no reliable way to assess the competency of those they hire. Workers with experience and/or training have no way to demonstrate their professionalism and skills.

However, the College of Personal Assistance & Caregiving training and the DCA Personal Care and Support Credential is a solution to that challenge. Credentialing is a crucial step in professionalizing the personal care workforce, creating a career ladder for workers. Additionally, it provides employers with a valuable tool as they can work to meet the demand for personal care and support services in their communities.

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