Enhanced rate: A worker qualifies for the enhanced rate when the worker has completed qualifying trainings and provides services to a person who is eligible for 12 or more hours of PCA per day and is a participant in traditional PCA, PCA Choice, CDCS or CSG.
Stipend: A worker qualifies for the stipend when he or she works with a person who is a participant in PCA Choice, CDCS or CSG, and has completed the qualifying trainings. The stipend is available to the first 5,000 workers to qualify before June 30, 2019.
Ways to qualify for the stipend and/or enhanced rate
For a worker with a current RN, LPN, CNA or HHA license or certificate
Course A + License or Certificate = Qualify for both
For a worker who lives within 50 miles of a qualifying in-person training
Course A + One course from Category B + One course from Category C = Stipend
Course A + One course from Category B + Two courses from Category C = Enhanced rate
For a worker who does not live within 50 miles of a qualifying in-person training
Course A + 3 courses from Category C = Stipend
Course A + 4 courses from Category C = Enhanced Rate
Civil rights and advocacy: History of the disability rights movement, available through DirectCourse. To register for training to qualify for the enhanced rate and/or stipend, use this online form. After you have created your account, use this login page to access your account.
Red Cross In-Person CPR
Red Cross In-Person First Aid
American Heart Association In-Person CPR
American Heart Association In-Person First Aid
Minnesota State (MnSCU) CPR
Minnesota State First Aid
Minnesota State OSHA
Minnesota State Safe Patient Handling
Independent living (not yet available; not available to traditional PCAs)
Managing the stress and challenges of paid caregiving (not yet available; not available to traditional PCAs)
Note: Online CPR and First Aid courses will NOT be accepted.
Note: CPR and First Aid certifications must be current.
The following courses are available through DirectCourse. To register for training to qualify for the enhanced rate and/or stipend, use this online form. After you have created your account, use this login page to access your account.
Direct support professionalism: Becoming a direct support professional
Direct support professionalism: Contemporary best practices
Direct support professionalism: Applying ethics in everyday work
Direct support professionalism: Practicing confidentiality
Personal care: Understanding personal and self care
Personal care: Individualizing personal care
Personal care: The basics of hygiene
Personal care: Basics of grooming and dressing
Personal care: Oral care
Civil rights and advocacy: Disability rights and legislation
Civil rights and advocacy: Challenges and strategies for exercising rights