HCA Application & Licensing


The Department of Health approves and renews Home Care Aide licenses.


If you are hired as a new Home Care Aide, you  must apply for your HCA license within two weeks of your hire date.  You must submit the following items to the Department of Health, Home Care Aide Credentialing at P.O. Box 1099, Olympia, WA 98507:

  • Application fee $85 (check or money order made out to Department of Health)

  • Application packet - if you would like to take your state HCA exam at our training school, enter our Regional Test Site code: WAREGOLMP

Complete a DSHS approved 75-hour training program.


Then send a copy (do NOT send your originals, they will not be returned) of the following documents to Home Care Aide Credentialing at P.O. Box 47877, Olympia, WA 98504:

  • Orientation & Safety training certificate

  • Core Basic training certificate

  • Mental Health certificate

  • Dementia certificate

  • 75-hour training certificate

  • Testing fee $137 (check or money order made out to Department of Health)

After receiving your fee and certificates, you will receive a testing date.

TB Testing


TB testing might be required by your employer.

Places to get a TB test:

  • Your primary care physician

  • SeaMar Clinics

  • Indigo Urgent Care Clinics

*There is currently a nation-wide shortage of TB skin test antigens

Background Check


A background check will be performed by your employer.


If you are not currently employed, you can obtain your name and date of birth background check online for $11 from the Washington State Patrol at:  


Disqualify Crimes:

Certain criminal convictions, pending charges, and negative actions automatically disqualify a person from having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults, juveniles, and children, or working for Residential Care Services, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, Adult Family Homes, and Home Care agencies.