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Direct Care Foundations Training


Direct Care Foundations Training

Class Description:
MDHHS adopted 15 standardized DCW Competency Guidelines in 2022, paving the way for recognizing competent DCWs as professionals. The free classes are for Level 1a DCWs, leading to a Direct Care Foundations certificate. Completion of Level 1 [1a and 1b] earns a Direct Care Associate certificate. Levels 2 and 3 cover Home Skills and personal hands-on care competencies.
Who Should Attend:
Prospective DCWs or DCWs new to the field (3 months or less of employment by the start of the classes).
These training opportunities are being offered as part of a MICA 3.0 grant that IMPART received from the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity-Workforce Development (LEO-WD) to expand the DCW workforce in Michigan. This is program is also funded through $2.8 million general funds 2023.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Yes. DCWs with any type of previous training, credentials, or experience are welcome in the course. Our trainings are designed with stackable certificates, with the opportunity to select only the certification(s) of interest. For example, CNAs without training or experience in the instrumental activities of daily living might wish to take the level 3 courses.

IMPART Alliance offers a Train-the-Trainer course, becoming an IMPART Alliance DCW trainer is an opportunity for experienced professionals with a passion for teaching to champion direct care. Applicants to this course are requested to share their experience in direct care work and approach to training, admission is contingent on availability.
IMPART Alliance recognizes the impact supportive employers have on training outcomes. Interested employers can support their employees to sign up for classes offered by IMPART Alliance or support an expert DCW from their organization to complete our Train-the-Trainer course.
All our trainings offer the opportunity for interactive learning activities for professionals to develop their knowledge and skills.
Courses are designed with DCWs of all types in mind. Our curriculum covers information DCWs need in every setting working with adults.

Participants in our courses will be issued a certificate of completion from IMPART Alliance after successfully completing the courses at each level.