How can you become a caregiver?

What do I need to do to become a caregiver?

Start as a Companion Caregiver with Complete Care at Home- in California, you must complete the following steps to become a registered Home Care Aide, receive your company-specific orientation, and get started working with your clients. But obviously, you will first have to apply for the job you like with us.

We can walk you through these steps.

  • You must create an account on the Guardian web site to register as a HCA (if you don’t already have your HCA) — at this web site:  you may be asked for a PIN, which needs to be provided by COMPLETE CARE AT HOME As of 1/22/21 there are delays in getting your registration approved through Guardian
  • For support email Guardian at (you can also try calling 1-888-422-5669 or 1-800-822-8490 or 1-877-424-5778 but you may not get any help) Here is the official informational page from Guardian

After you have created your account:


STEP 1:  Register as an HCA (Home Care Aide) with the state (this is what the state of California calls caregivers — “Home Care Aides”).
⇒ Time: 5-10 minutes (you do it online here)

  • TAKE A SCREENSHOT OF YOUR ID # — as of 1/29/21 you will not get an email confirming your id, and you won’t be able to find it when you log back in either.
  • IF YOU FORGET YOUR ID you can call this number and get it by using your social security number or California driver’s license: 1-877-424-5778

When you are done registering, you will get an HCA ID (Home Care Aide ID).  Don’t lose this number. Email this number to Complete Care at Home ‘ HR. Or text it to us.

STEP 2Get “Live Scanned” (this means you will get background checked using your fingerprints). [NOTE to CNA’s and others: You can skip this step IF you already got live scanned for a senior/residential care facility or any other care-related company].
⇒ Time: 10-20 minutes to get fingerprinted, and usually less than a week to get the results (LIC 9163 – HCA Live Scan Form)

To get Live Scanned, first Print this LIC 9163 – HCA Live Scan Form and fill it out . Then bring this form to a Live Scan location.

We recommend you go to Lori’s Mobile Notary & Fingerprinting  in Santa Barbara.  Or the Box Shop in Lompoc. 

STEP 3: Get a TB (Tuberculosis) test showing that you are “negative”, or come to our office and we will perform the TB test for you.

Interested in taking your career to the next level?

  1. Become a Certified Nursing Assistant or Home Health Aide by completing your certification at a college or technical schools like Santa Barbara City College or Ventura Training institute (could link their program pages as well). Ready for more?
  2. Use your caregiving experience and technical skills to propel you on the path to becoming a
    1. Registered Nurse
    2. Medical Doctor
    3. Physical Therapist or other

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