74.39A.331  <<  74.39A.341 >>   74.39A.351

Continuing education requirements for long-term care workers.

(1) All long-term care workers shall complete twelve hours of continuing education training in advanced training topics each year. This requirement applies beginning July 1, 2012.
(2) Completion of continuing education as required in this section is a prerequisite to maintaining home care aide certification under chapter 18.88B RCW.
(3) Unless voluntarily certified as a home care aide under chapter 18.88B RCW, subsection (1) of this section does not apply to:
(a) An individual provider caring only for his or her biological, step, or adoptive child;
(b) An individual provider caring only for the individual provider's sibling, aunt, uncle, cousin, niece, nephew, grandparent, or grandchild, including when related by marriage or domestic partnership;
(c) Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses licensed under chapter 18.79 RCW;
(d) Before January 1, 2016, a long-term care worker employed by a community residential service business;
(e) A person working as an individual provider who provides twenty hours or less of care for one person in any calendar month;
(f) A person working as an individual provider who only provides respite services and works less than three hundred hours in any calendar year; or
(g) A person whose certificate has been expired for less than five years who seeks to restore the certificate to active status. The person does not need to complete continuing education requirements in order for their certificate to be restored to active status. Subsection (1) of this section applies to persons once the certificate has been restored to active status, beginning on the date the certificate is restored to active status.
(4) 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.
(5) Individual providers under RCW 74.39A.270 shall be compensated for training time required by this section.
(6) 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 (6) 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 this section have had adequate access to complete the required training, whichever is later. Once the department determines a rule adopted under this subsection (6) 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) of this section and provide the legislature with a report.
(7) The department of health shall adopt rules to implement subsection (1) of this section.
(8) The department shall adopt rules to implement subsection (2) of this section.
[ 2023 c 424 § 6; 2021 c 203 § 9; 2015 c 152 § 3; 2014 c 139 § 8; 2013 c 259 § 3; 2012 c 164 § 405; 2012 c 1 § 112 (Initiative Measure No. 1163, approved November 8, 2011).]


Effective dateRetroactive application2021 c 203: See notes following RCW 43.43.832.
FindingIntentProgram developmentImplementationProgram funding2014 c 139: See notes following RCW 71A.16.050.
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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