HHA Testing Guide: How to Earn Your HHA Certificate

You’ve decided to become a home health aide, and you’re ready to start your training. However, you’re nervous about the test at the end of the course. Don’t worry. This HHA testing guide will help you successfully earn your certification.

An HHA Testing Guide: What You Need to Know

Do I Have to Take a Written Exam?

It depends. The federal government does NOT require a written test, but many states and some staffing agencies do. Your instructor will let you know what’s expected.

How Should I Prepare for the Written Exam?

The HHA written exam includes anywhere from 50 to 100 multiple-choice questions. Although your training should prepare you for this test, you’ll need to study on your own too. In addition to reviewing course materials, consider borrowing or buying an HHA exam prep book. Also, try to take at least two to three practice tests under test-day conditions. (In other words, NO notes.) This will give you a better idea of what to expect. You can find practice tests in your exam prep book or ask your instructor about free practice test options.

What Is the Skills Exam?

The federal government requires all certified HHAs to show competency in specific skills. Some states/programs evaluate skills during training, while others ask students to complete a stand-alone skills exam. A skills exam involves a hands-on, true-to-life setting, often with a volunteer. You may be asked to demonstrate proper handwashing techniques, handle a mock emergency, and/or transfer a volunteer to/from a wheelchair. Usually, the exam tests takes around thirty minutes.

How Should I Prepare for the Skills Exam?

Again, your training should prepare you for this test. If you feel you feel unsure about a specific area, check-in with your instructor. They will be able to provide you with extra opportunities to improve your techniques. You could also practice skills on your classmates or on a cooperative family member or friend.

What If I Don’t Pass on the First Try?

If you pay attention during your training and prepare for your exam(s), you should be fine. Of course, everybody fails a test now and again. So, if things don’t go as planned, stay calm. Most programs allow you to retake either exam up to three times. You probably will have to pay an additional fee, though. Therefore, studying the first time around is your best bet.

When Should I Start Applying for Jobs?

Here’s the best news! You can start looking for HHA jobs even before your test results are in. Many agencies will allow you to work as a homemaker or caregiver before and/or while you officially earn your certificate.

And… if you’re hoping to work as a home health aide in Eastern Massachusetts, Anodyne Staffing is hiring! We have immediate openings for caregivers, homemakers, and HHAs. Plus, we provide FREE HHA training to all our employees. Search our available jobs and discover your next opportunity today!