About the Home Care Aide Written Examination
Thousands of aides throughout Ohio took CCBC’s Home Care Aide Written Examination between 1990 and 2000. In the early years of testing, there was always one test per month in Columbus, one test in 4 or 5 areas of the state per quarter, and independent tests were offered as needed. The number of attendees per year ranged from 800 to over 1,000.
To pass the written examination, participants must have correctly answered at least 35 of the 50 test questions and pass 11 of the 12 test sections. Attendees had two hours to complete the test. To become a Certified Home Care Aide, participants had to complete the Skills Demonstration Checklist from the Foundation of Hospice and Home Care before taking the written exam. The Skills Demonstration Checklist was administered by an RN in a home or lab setting. To maintain their certification, aides had to complete 12 hours of in-service a year.
With the advent of the Interim Payment System (IPS) in 1997, most agencies brought their testing function in-house in order to reduce their operational costs. With significantly declining testing numbers, CCBC discontinued the Home Aide Written Examination on December 31, 2000. CCBC created aide pins, which were offered for sale. Many agency leaders purchased pins for their aides upon successful completion of the written mastery test.