Understanding the requirements to a home health aide can be confusing. It may come as a surprise that there are no formal requirements to become a home health aide in many states in the U.S.

There are, however, Medicare and Medicaid certified and non-certified home health and hospice agencies.

A certified agency is eligible to receive medicare payments. Home health aides who work for a certified agency must then meet federal and state training requirements to become a certified home health aide.

In addition, while some states have no formal requirements, other states require all home health aides to carry a license.

So to know what the requirements are to become a home health aide for your specific situation, you must know your state laws.

At Health Aide Training Center, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to become certified in each state throughout the U.S. See the complete list below.

(To learn more about what the requirements to be a HHA are for your specific state, click on the link within the table.)

StateMinimum Training HoursMinimum Clinical Hours
StateMinimum Training HoursMinimum Clinical Hours
Alabama7516
Alaska14080
Arizona7516
Arkansas7516
California12020
Colorado 7516
Connecticut7516
Delaware7516
District of Columbia 7516
Florida7516
Georgia7516
Hawaii10070
Idaho 12040
Illinois12040
Indiana7516
Iowa 7516
Kansas11045
Kentucky7516
Louisiana7516
Maine18070
Maryland10040
Massachusetts 7516
Michigan 7516
Minnesota7516
Mississippi7516
Missouri7516
Montana9125
Nebraska7516
Nevada7516
New Hampshire 10060
New Jersey 7616
New Mexico7516
New York7516
North Carolina7516
North Dakota7516
Ohio7516
Oklahoma7516
Oregon7516
Pennsylvania7516
Rhode Island10020
South Carolina7516
South Dakota7516
Tennessee7516
Texas7516
Utah7516
Vermont8030
Virginia 7516
Washington8550
West Virginia7516
Wisconsin12032
Wyoming9116