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How to Work as a HHA in NY

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Do you like caring for others? Does being an HHA interest you, but don’t know where to get the training?

The demand for Home Health Aides in the state of New York is one of the highest throughout the entire United States and continues to increase year over year. This elevated interest is largely due to the increasingly large aging population which, in turn, creates a high demand for these types of services. 

Because of its population size, New York City ranks one of the highest in job openings for certified home health aides.

While NYC has one of the highest career demands for HHAs, finding the best options for Home Health Aide training in New York can be a challenging task. HHA training can be costly at some schools, but can also be FREE if you know where to look. 

In most cases, free Home Health Aide training is provided by other Home Health Agencies who also provide job placement once your training is complete. At FreedomCare, we took the time to compile a list of free HHA training providers across NYC who can help you realize the dream of your career move into the healthcare industry at little or no cost to you.

Here is a list of all the HHA training programs in the state of New York.

How To Become An HHA In New York

Certified Home Health Aides are required to receive training through the university system, a certified HHA agency, or an HHA program. The New York State Education Department and/or the New York State Department of Health are the only organizations that can certify any HHA training programs in the state of New York.

The New York Department of Health regulates all Home Health Aides in New York and requires a minimum of 95 hours of total training, of which:

  • 65 hours are classroom-based training consisting of 45 hours of lectures and 20 hours of “return demonstration”

  • 30 hours are supervised hands-on clinical practice

Once you complete the certification program for HHA, a certificate and registry number is issued by the Home Care Registry and you are placed in a state database of certified HHAs.

If you leave employment with an agency or work in another state, your certification will lapse two years from the last day you worked at a home health agency in the state of New York.

Free HHA Training In Brooklyn

Special Touch

Special Touch Home Care Services is dedicated to improving the quality of life of its customers and offers FREE HHA training. They are continuously looking to expand their team of over 2,500 home health professionals and are accepting applications Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm.

Contact Special Touch for free Home Health Aide Training:

2091 Coney Island Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11223

Phone: 718-627-1122


Allen Health Care Services (Elara)

If you are looking to get started in the home health field, Allen Health Care services can offer you the FREE training you need to start your HHA career. Home Health Aides who obtain a certification with Allen Health Care are also able to continue their education with regular training classes on research and treatments for various conditions they encounter during their career as an HHA. 

Contact Allen Health Care Services (Elara) for free Home Health Aide Training:

145 East 98th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11212



Free HHA Training In Queens

Sunnyside Community Services

Sunnyside Community Services offers a FREE 3-week HHA training class that is provided in both English and Spanish. The training program is supported by the Workforce Development Program, The Altman Foundation, the New York Department of Labor, The Robinhood Foundation, Citi, and the New York Department of Small Business.

Contact Sunnyside Community Services for free Home Health Aide Training:

43-31 39th Street

Sunnyside, NY 11104



Cooperative Home Care

Cooperative Home Care (CHCA) provides a dual PCA/HHA four week training program for FREE to those who are interested in being a home health aide in NYC. Classes are in both English and Spanish and are offered Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm at their office in the Bronx.

Contact Cooperative Home Care (CHCA) for free Home Health Aide Training:

400 East Fordham Road, 13th Floor

Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-993-7104


Free HHA Training In NYC

Selfhelp Community Services

Providing FREE three-week Home Health Aide training around NYC, Selfhelp Community Services (in conjunction with the Guthery Institute of Training) aims to help people who have a desire to move into a home health career. Training is offered in both English and Spanish while offering continuous in-service classes on new healthcare practices and enhancing the HHA skills.

The center also provides a unique mentoring program designed to help low-income Hispanic women to obtain the training they need to support their families.

Contact Selfhelp Community Services for free Home Health Aide Training:

520 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10018

Phone: 212-971-7714


Reliable Community Care

Reliable Community Care (RCC) offers FREE monthly HHA training programs for those looking to become a home health care professional. 

Contact Reliable Community Care for free Home Health Aide Training:

160 Broadway 16th Floor

New York, NY 10038

Phone: 212-587-1400


Family Services Society of Yonkers (FSSY)

Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), FSSY offer FREE PCA and HHA training programs in two locations:

  • The VIVE School, 75 Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers NY 10701 (ongoing)

  • 30 South Broadway, 5th Floor, Yonkers NY 10701 (M-F 9am to 4pm)

Candidates will learn the practice of caring for patients in the home and then are transitioned to working in the field under the supervision of their professional nursing staff.

Contact Family Services Society of Yonkers (FSSY) for free Home Health Aide Training:

30 South Broadway, 5th floor

Yonkers, NY 10701

Phone: 914-963-5118