Massachusetts Direct Care
Workforce Training Program

The Massachusetts Direct Care Workforce Training Program, a product of the Massachusetts Personal and Home Care Aide State Training (PHCAST) Program and managed by the University of Massachusetts Medical School/MassAHEC Network, provides quality core competency training to Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) and Home Care Aides (HCA), employed in home and community based settings. Utilizing proven adult learner centered techniques, to educate and train a diverse group of workers, the ABCs for Direct Care Worker curriculum ensures direct care workers acquire the basic core competencies needed for this profession.

Massachusetts Direct Care Workforce Training Program participants will have the opportunity to gain valuable direct care skills in an interactive and fun learning environment. Serving as a gateway into other allied health professions, graduates receive a certificate following successful demonstration of learned skills and knowledge. While some participants are excited about the prospects of advancing along a career lattice, others choose direct care work as their lifetime profession. To learn more about the direct care workforce see the “Direct Care Workforce” tab.