What is the Care Certificate?
The Care Certificate is a nationally recognised certificate which provides you with an excellent basis of knowledge if you do not hold formal healthcare qualifications
If you do not have a minimum of a Level 2 RQF in Health and Social Care (or equivalent), you will be required to complete the Care Certificate.
How will I be taught?
We deliver the Care Certificate through a range of practical and theoretical sessions. After you have completed these sessions, you will be given a competency book to complete in your work area. Once you have had all of your competencies signed off, you will be issued with your certificate.
What will I learn?
To achieve the Care Certificate, you will learn about the following 15 standards:
Understand your role
Your personal development
Duty of care
Equality and diversity
Work in a person centred way
Privacy and dignity
Fluids and nutrition
Awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disability
Basic life support
Health and safety
Infection prevention and control
I have a BTEC in Health and Social Care, do I need to do the Care Certificate?
Probably not. You are recommended to discuss any qualifications which you have with the Head of Training and Education to see if you need to do the Care Certificate.
How long will it take to complete?
There is no fixed time to complete the Care Certificate, although 12 weeks is a good time frame to aim for.
Is the Care Certificate the same as a NVQ/QCF/RQF Level 2?
No; Level 2 Diplomas in Health and Social Care are regulated qualifications. Their delivery and assessment is different to the Care Certificate which is not matched up to the Regulated Qualifications Framework.
The Care Certificate is for anyone who does not have a formal healthcare qualification. The Care Certificate gives you a good foundation of knowledge if you choose to move onto Level 2 study.
What can I do after I complete the Care Certificate?
This is largely up to you and your manager. There may be scope for you to progress to formal qualifications such as the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care.
You may wish to undertake other certificates to further your knowledge. Speak to your manager about what opportunities are available to you in your area of work.