NDWA Credential

We Work with The National Domestic Workers Alliance Personal Care and Support Credential

The New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition has partnered with the National Domestic Workers Alliance to offer the  National Domestic Workers Alliance and Support Credential formerly known as the Direct Care Alliance Personal Care and Support Credential. NMDCC has administered the credential for approximately seventy-five people thus far, so stay connected to learn when the next examination session will take place.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance and Support Credential is a competency-based exam that tests for the skills and knowledge personal assistance workers need to do their job well.

Caregivers come with a wide range of experiences and credentials, and you should look for the best fit with your situation. Some caregivers have no official credentials, but have a great deal of experience. Others have caregiver credentials focused on primarily non-medical tasks, like helping with bathing, dressing, meals, and housekeeping. These credentials include Personal Care Assistant and the Home Care Assistant (PCA and HCA). Then, there are credentials that include training on light medical assistance such as help with medications and taking basic health care measurements such as temperature and blood pressure. These credentials include Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA), Home Health Aide (HHA), or Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). The more medical help you or your loved one needs, the more appropriate it is to look for credentials focused on medical issues, and experience with similar conditions to you or your loved one.

The New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition is learning from care recipients and family members paying for a loved-one’s care that more and more agencies and companies are requiring the caregiver to hold a credential.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance Personal Care and Support Credential, administered through the New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition, is one solution to this problem. The New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition chose to partner with the National Domestic Workers Alliance to offer an affordable national credential to New Mexico caregivers who have been on the job and/or have the education they need to earn one.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance Personal Care and Support Credential is a competency-based exam that tests for the skills and knowledge family and professional caregivers need to do their job well. It is not based on any agency-specific or consumer-specific training program. Rather, the credential establishes a national standard of excellence for any caregiver who serves persons who are elderly and those with disabilities.

Besides affordability, the Credential is unique: It is the only one of its kind for direct care workers in the United States. Direct care workers who are experienced in assisting elders and people living with disabilities, typically do well on the exam. The examination takes approximately three hours. A certificate is also included with the test score which may be kept in the caregiver’s wallet. It is valid for three years and may be presented to prospective employers, including consumers, indicating a higher-than-usual commitment to quality.

The New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition is the organization designated by the National Domestic Workers Alliance in New Mexico to administer and proctor the exam. Our organization was also instrumental in creating it.

As a caregiver, you may not be currently required by your employer to be credentialed, but it is likely you will need to be in the near future.

The New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition is committed to advancing the needs of the direct care worker in New Mexico, and we believe offering an affordable, practical Credential is one step in this direction.

Please contact us to learn more about this nationally-recognized credential. Call 505-867-6046 or email info@nmdcc.org