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MnCHOICES certified assessor training

Minn. Stat. §256B.0911, subd. 2b establishes training and certification requirements for the MnCHOICES assessment process. MnCHOICES Certified Assessor Training (MnCAT) prepares assessors to conduct assessments and use the MnCHOICES Web-based application. Certified assessors recertify every three years.

Why does DHS need to train and certify assessors?

Once DHS implements the MnCHOICES assessment process, lead agencies must use trained and certified assessors. Certified assessors need to have a common set of skills and knowledge in best practices and use person-centered principles. Training and certification helps ensure consistency across assessments for long-term services and supports. Certified assessor training also supports the opportunity for equal access to services statewide.

Who can become a certified assessor?

To become a certified assessor, candidates must have a minimum of one of the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in social work plus at least one year of home and community-based experience
  • Bachelor's degree in nursing with current licensure as a registered nurse along with public health certification and at least one year of home and community-based experience
  • Degree in a closely related field plus at least one year of home and community-based experience
  • Current license as a registered nurse with at least two years of home and community-based experience

How will DHS train and certify candidates?

DHS designed a training curriculum and developed a certification process. Training and certification includes four steps:

Step 1 - Foundation: Candidates need to demonstrate a basic understanding about a variety of topics such as programs and services, formal and informal supports, funding sources, data practices and so on.

Step 2 - Principles: Candidates take seven online courses to learn to perform MnCHOICES assessments and support planning functions. Candidates must pass a test following each course.

Step 3 - Application: Through online training and hands-on experience, candidates learn how to access and navigate MnCHOICES.  They demonstrate their ability to  use  MnCHOICES by completing an assessment and attending a Multidisciplinary Learning Lab.

Step 4 - Recertification: Assessors participate in professional development activities, document their experience and describe how the activities improve their knowledge and skills to be a certified assessor.

When can candidates begin the training and certification process?

MnCHOICES Certified Assessor Training Steps 1 and 2 are available in TrainLink.

Step 3  is only available to staff employed by or under contract with a lead agency at the time their agency is preparing to launch MnCHOICES.  Candidates are provided a special URL to TrainLink that allows them to access Step 3 training.  In addition, the lead agency also provides the candidate with access to the MnCHOICES Training  Zone (MTZ) to complete the Step 3 training and practice until their agency launches.

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