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Qualifying for the enhanced rate

Which benefit applies to whom?

  • Enhanced rate: A worker qualifies for the enhanced rate when the worker has completed qualifying trainings and provides services to a person who receives PCA services or participates in CDCS or CSG and either:
    • Is eligible for 10 or more hours of state plan PCA per day
    • Has the home care rating EN.
  • Stipend: A worker who completed qualifying trainings qualified for up to two $500 stipends when he or she worked with a person who is a participant in PCA Choice, CDCS or CSG. Note: Stipend funding has been exhausted and stipends are no longer available.

Ways to qualify for the enhanced rate

Option 1
For a worker with a current RN, LPN, CNA or HHA license or certificate

Both of the following:

  • Course A
  • License or certificate. Note: A worker must keep his or her license or certificate current in order to continue to qualify for the enhanced rate.

Option 2

Both of the following:

  • Course A
  • Personal Care Essentials course from Category B

Option 3

Both of the following:

  • Course A
  • Two courses from Category B

Option 4

All of the following:

  • Course A
  • One course from Category B
  • Three courses from Category C

Once you have completed training

To submit your materials, please go to the Minnesota Direct Support Worker Training website, sign up and follow the instructions.

Recertification process

If you qualified for the enhanced rate using a license or certification, your eligibility expires when that license or certificate expires. Your expiration date is listed on the certification letter you received when your training requirements were verified. You are responsible for submitting proof of continuing eligibility (i.e. an updated certificate or license or proof you completed another qualifying training) before your eligibility expires in order to remain eligible. Submit proof of your recertification to Once verified, you will receive an updated certification letter. Give your updated certification letter to your provider agency or the person you provide services to in CDCS or CSG.

Qualifying courses

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