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Frequently Asked Questions

  • I used to be a CHHA in New Jersey, but my license has expired. What do I do?
    A CHHA Reinstatement application would be required to obtain a new, active license. If your license expired <5 years ago: You will only need to take a skills competency evaluation. If your license expired 5+ years ago: You must re-take the full 76-hour CHHA course. Reinstatements are offered at PCI by by going to the "Enroll Now" tab on our main menu.
  • How long does it take to receive my CHHA license after I apply?
    After your application and required documents have been submitted to the NJ Board of Nursing, you will receive an email with instructions on completing the fingerprinting process. After your fingerprinting appointment has been completed, it will take between 4-8 weeks for your license to be approved. To ensure a successful outcome, please check your email and mail frequently. It is ultimately up to you to respond to the state if they request additional information; although we are here to help you through the process if you have questions about a notice you have received.
  • How do I enroll in a course at Pawson Career Institute?
    The steps for enrollment can be accessed by selecting the "How to Enroll" tab on the main menu.
  • Where is Pawson Career Institute located?
    Our Robbinsville School is located at: 2360 Route 33, Suite 102 Robbinsville, NJ 08691 This is where all of our in-person clinical and skills sessions are held. Our main entrance can be found in the back parking lot under a blue awning. Our entrance is located directly in-between Injeanous and Comfort Keepers.
  • What kind of work does a CHHA do?
    Some typical duties of a homemaker-home health aide include helping the patient take a bath, use the toilet or bed pan, and dress. They also may prepare patient meals, do light laundering, straighten the patient's room, run errands and assist with exercise regimens.
  • What is the dress code for in-person training?
    Please come to your in-person clinical skills session(s) wearing comfortable clothing you can move in. Shoes should be closed toe, comfortable and allow you to perform the patient care tasks required. Scrubs are not required, however, they are recommended.
  • I have CHHA license in another state. Can I work as a CHHA in New Jersey?
    Regulations put forth by the New Jersey Board of Nursing require that you be certified in the state of New Jersey to practice as a CHHA within NJ. You can, however, transfer your license to New Jersey without doing any additional training. This is called a CHHA endorsement. We offer this service. Go to the "Services" tab on our main menu and schedule an appointment to speak with a PCI advisor to see if your state's certificate is transferable to New Jersey. They will also help assist you through the entire application process.
  • I'm a CNA in New Jersey. Can I become a CHHA?
    Yes - we offer a course just for you! The CNA to CHHA bridge course consists of 10 hours of online learning and a 2 hour in-person clinical session. After you've successfully completed the course, our staff can help you apply for your license with the New Jersey Board of Nursing. Please Note: You must have an active NJ CNA license to take this course.
  • How do I become a CHHA in New Jersey?
    Individuals must successfully complete and accredited training program and submit an application through the New Jersey Board of Nursing. Once approved and processed, you will receive your certificate by mail.
  • What New Jersey Government Agency regulates CHHAs?
    The New Jersey Board of Nursing through the Division of Consumer Affairs.
  • What courses and programs are available at Pawson Career Institute?
    Our complete library of available courses and sessions can be found by selecting the "Enroll Now" tab on the main menu.
  • How does a CHHA know what to do for different clients?
    Each client has a plan of care created by a New Jersey Registered Nurse (RN). CHHAs must follow this plan of care. It is the responsibility of the RN to supervise and delegate responsibilities to the CHHA. It is the responsibility of the CHHA to follow the established plan of care
  • What is the job outlook for CHHAs?
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of home health aides is projected to grow 38% from 2014-2024. This is much faster than the average for all other occupations. As the baby-boom population ages and the elderly population grows, the demand for the services of CHHAs will continue to grow.
  • Where can CHHAs be employed?
    Home health agencies, home care agencies Assisted living residences Comprehensive personal care homes, assisted living programs, hospices or alternate family care providers licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
  • What are the requirements to become a CHHA in New Jersey?
    Applicants must be 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen or qualified legal alien, and have the ability to read, write and speak English proficiently. You must be physically capable of participating in class work such as lifting, getting patients out of bed, giving bed baths, aiding transfers for those with limited mobility, and other patient related care. The NJ Board of Nursing requires that applicants be current on child support obligations, not be in default of student loans, not have been convicted on any “Disqualifying Crimes”. The NJ Board of Nursing also requires any documents pertaining to name changes, such as marriage certificates or divorce decrees. All applicants will have to pass a criminal background check and be fingerprinted. You will be asked to send us copies of all required documents for your application: Required Documentation for CHHA Application: Birth Certificate or US Passport Social Security Card for Verification Non-US Citizens – Green Card/ Permanent Resident Card or Work Authorization Passport Photo – 2”x2” passport photo *this must be an official passport photo
  • How long is my CHHA Certification valid for?
    All NJ CHHA certifications expire every November 30th during odd calendar years, regardless of when your license was issued. To ensure your certificate doesn't expire, you will need to renew your license before that time. You will receive a document in October from the New Jersey Board of Nursing reminding you to renew. NCJA offers assistance with CHHA renewals. Go to the "Services" tab on our main menu and make an appointment for a CHHA License Renewal to get assistance through the entire process.
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