74.39A.070  <<  74.39A.074 >>   74.39A.076

Training requirements for long-term care workersRules.

(1)(a) Except for long-term care workers exempt from certification under RCW 18.88B.041(1)(a), all persons hired as long-term care workers must meet the minimum training requirements in this section within one hundred twenty calendar days after the date of being hired.
(b) Except as provided in RCW 74.39A.076, the minimum training requirement is seventy-five hours of entry-level training approved by the department. A long-term care worker must successfully complete five of these seventy-five hours before being eligible to provide care.
(c) Training required by (d) of this subsection applies toward the training required under RCW 18.20.270 or 70.128.230 or any statutory or regulatory training requirements for long-term care workers employed by community residential service businesses.
(d) The seventy-five hours of entry-level training required shall be as follows:
(i) Before a long-term care worker is eligible to provide care, he or she must complete:
(A) Two hours of orientation training regarding his or her role as caregiver and the applicable terms of employment; and
(B) Three hours of safety training, including basic safety precautions, emergency procedures, and infection control; and
(ii) Seventy hours of long-term care basic training, including training related to:
(A) Core competencies; and
(B) Population specific competencies, including identification of individuals with potential hearing loss and how to seek assistance if hearing loss is suspected.
(2) Only training curriculum approved by the department may be used to fulfill the training requirements specified in this section. The department shall only approve training curriculum that:
(a) Has been developed with input from consumer and worker representatives; and
(b) Requires comprehensive instruction by qualified instructors on the competencies and training topics in this section.
(3) Individual providers under RCW 74.39A.270 shall be compensated for training time required by this section.
(4) If a pandemic, natural disaster, or other declared state of emergency impacts the ability of long-term care workers to complete training as required by this section, the department may adopt rules to allow long-term care workers additional time to complete the training requirements.
(a) Rules adopted under this subsection (4) are effective until the termination of the pandemic, natural disaster, or other declared state of emergency or until the department determines that all long-term care workers who were unable to complete the training required in subsection (1)(a) of this section have had adequate access to complete the required training, whichever is later. Once the department determines a rule adopted under this subsection (4) is no longer necessary, it must repeal the rule under RCW 34.05.353.
(b) Within 12 months of the termination of the pandemic, natural disaster, or other declared state of emergency, the department shall conduct a review of training compliance with subsection (1)(a) of this section and provide the legislature with a report.
(5) The department shall adopt rules to implement this section.
[ 2021 c 203 § 7; 2017 c 216 § 1; 2012 c 164 § 401; 2012 c 1 § 107 (Initiative Measure No. 1163, approved November 8, 2011).]


Effective dateRetroactive application2021 c 203: See notes following RCW 43.43.832.
FindingIntentRulesEffective date2012 c 164: See notes following RCW 18.88B.010.
IntentFindingsPerformance auditsSpending limitsContingent effective datesApplicationConstructionEffective dateShort title2012 c 1 (Initiative Measure No. 1163): See notes following RCW 74.39A.056.
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