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PDFWAC 246-980-030

Working while obtaining certification as a home care aide.

(1) A long-term care worker may provide care before receiving certification as a home care aide if all the following conditions are met:
(a) Before providing care, the long-term care worker must complete the training required by RCW 74.39A.074 (1)(d)(i)(A) and (B).
(b) The long-term care worker must submit an application for home care aide certification to the department within fourteen calendar days of hire. An application is considered to be submitted on the date it is post-marked or, for applications submitted in person or online, the date it is accepted by the department.
(2) A long-term care worker is no longer eligible to provide care without a credential under the following circumstances:
(a) The long-term care worker does not successfully complete all of the training required by RCW 74.39A.074(1) within one hundred twenty calendar days from their date of hire;
(b) The long-term care worker has not obtained their certification within two hundred calendar days from their date of hire, or two hundred sixty calendar days if granted a provisional certificate under RCW 18.88B.041.
(3) This section does not apply to long-term care workers exempt from certification under WAC 246-980-025.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.88B.021. WSR 18-20-072, § 246-980-030, filed 9/28/18, effective 10/29/18. Statutory Authority: Chapters 18.88B and 18.130 RCW, 2012 c 164, and 2013 c 259. WSR 13-19-087, § 246-980-030, filed 9/18/13, effective 10/19/13. Statutory Authority: Chapters 18.88B and 74.39A RCW. WSR 10-15-103, § 246-980-030, filed 7/20/10, effective 1/1/11.]
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