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Study method
Online, self-paced
17 hours
Access to content
12 months
No formal qualification
17 CPD hours / points
Endorsed by Skills for Care
  • Certificate of completion - Free
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The Care Certificate is an agreed set of standards that define the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of specific job roles in the health and social care sectors. It’s made up of the 15 minimum standards that should be covered if you are ‘new to care’ and should form part of a robust induction programme.

This course is CPD accredited, We are an endorsed training provider by Skills for Care

Included with the care certificate are the following:

  • All 15 Care Certificate Standards
  • CPD accredited Online learning following the care frameworks
  • Learner certificates, reporting, and CPD points are securely held online
  • Free Skills for Care, Care Certificate Workbooks
  • Free Skills for Care, Care Certificate standards booklet
  • Free Skills for Care employer progress log, mapping, and sign off document

You can also complete the Care Certificate if you’re working in a non-care working role, for example, if you work as a cook or a maintenance person



17 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Standards Office


Care Certificate Course Course Learning Objectives

The Care Certificate is an agreed set of standards that define the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of specific job roles in the health and social care sectors. It’s made up of the 15 minimum standards that should be covered if you are ‘new to care’ and should form part of a robust induction programme.

The Care Certificate was developed jointly by Skills for Care, Health Education England and Skills for Health.

The standards:

  • Understand your role
  • Your personal development
  • Duty of care
  • Equality and diversity
  • Work in a person centred way
  • Communication
  • Privacy and dignity
  • Fluids and nutrition
  • Awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disabilities
  • Safeguarding adults
  • Safeguarding children
  • Basic life support
  • Health and safety
  • Handling information
  • Infection prevention and control

The Care Quality Commission will expect that appropriate staff who are new to services which they regulate will achieve the competences required by the Care Certificate as part of their induction.

Who is this course for?

Who is this Care Certificate training course for?

Although the Care Certificate is designed for new staff, it also offers opportunities for existing staff working at various levels to refresh or improve their knowledge and skills.

You’ll be expected to complete the Care Certificate if you’re:

  • Health Care Assistants
  • Assistant Practitioners
  • Care Support Workers
  • Adult Social Workers
  • Those giving support to clinical roles in the NHS where there is any direct contact with patients.
  • Adult Social Care workers giving direct care in residential, nursing homes and hospices, home care workers, and domiciliary care staff.
  • Other roles in health and social care such as caring volunteers, porters, cooks, maintenance or drivers that have direct contact with patients and/or service users
  • New persons to health or social care


You will be given a multiple-choice exam available at the end of the learning, you will be graded. On a pass mark of 70% or higher a certificate is issued.

You may retake the test at your convenience at no additional cost.

On completion of the exam, a free certificate is instantly available for you to download or print.

It is not possible to achieve the Care Certificate through the completion of e-learning or completing a workbook alone. Whilst e-learning or workbooks support the acquisition of knowledge and the assessment of the knowledge, the assessment of the required skills must be undertaken in the workplace by your employer

Career path

You could use the learning from the Care Certificate towards some existing qualifications and apprenticeships in the future, though periodic refreshers may be required.

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Dee asked:

Can i use this course to apply for health care assistant jobs


The care certificate is for persons new to care

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Eunice asked:

Do i need to be assessed by my manager b4 i can get the certificate?


Yes that is correct

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shaz asked:

Thanks for your prompt response. So will I get a certificate to show that I have completed my 15 standards? thanks again


Hi Shaz, You will get a certificate for each standard

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Certificate of completion

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.