American Caregiver ​ Association

The National Accrediting Body for Caregivers

How to Become a Certified Caregiver 

The American Caregiver Association is the National Standard for caregiver certification in the United States. The ACA has been around since 1985 and as the National Standard we offer you a convenient and simple way to become a certified caregiver by taking our National Caregiver Certification Course (NCCC). Best of all , the NCCC is inexpensive at only $79.00, which makes taking the course possible for most.


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Email us at acacaregiver@live.com or
go to our Contact Us link page above

            American Caregiver Association

P.O. Box 62221 
Colorado Springs, CO. 80962 

What do people say about our courses? Recent reviews of students that took ACA Courses: 



The American Caregiver Association's unifying vision is to bring awareness to as many people as possible about the issues and challenges that our aging seniors face. It is also our vision to be a leader in expanding the knowledge base of the caregiver profession in our collective effort to ultimately secure a better quality of life for every senior as they live out the twilight of their life.

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Fredia Hall of Alexandria, Virginia-

"I found the course interesting and informative"

Our Mission


The mission of the American Caregiver Association is to train, certify and educate caregivers on the demands, expectations and responsibilities of being a caregiver; to promote and improve the well-being of our senior citizens through education, training and social discourse, and to encourage giving to seniors in need.

Dr. Miroslav Sarac of Kenner, Louisanna-

"This course is an excellent tool.  Everyone should take this course."

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 NCCC, ANCCC, NALMCC, and Membership for 

National Assisted Living Manager Certification Course

Advanced National Caregiver Certification Course 

You can also acquire National Assisted Living Manager Certification  (NALMCC) through the ACA for $79.00. Or, if you want, you have the option of getting both courses in a bundle for only $139.00. We also invite you to become a certified member of the ACA. Cost is only $25.00 annually. Please click onto our "online store" link above for more information.

​Getting care giver certification, or assisted living manager certification with the American Caregiver Association is a wise decision because of the credibility of our long established name and reputation, as well as the fact that our certification is on a national level. ​Our students come from all over the world and from all walks of life. Likewise, our students vary in experience from beginner to very skilled and knowledgeable, but they all have one thing in common. They are all caregivers and all part of the ACA family.

Further, regardless of what specific area of the caregiver field that you are looking to get into our caregiver training courses provide you with the insight that you need to start your career as a certified caregiver or manager. Likewise, acquiring your caregiver certification with the American Caregiver Association provides you with the opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge as you move along in your career. All this without having to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars, but with all the benefits of being part of the ACA family.

Last, whether you are looking to become a caregiver for a family member or friend or looking to become a licensed caregiver on some level, our online caregiver certification course provides you with the first steps toward meeting your goals.  If you are curious about starting your own caregiver business, or wondering how much caregivers make check out our guide to starting your own caregiver service business in our online store. 

Finally, you profit by taking our courses in terms of the opportunity to augment your chances of finding gainful long term employment as a caregiver or manager. Having the ACA name on your resume will impact your job search prospects in a substantial way, and many of our students have told us this over the years. With this in mind, we invite you to take one or all of our courses and become part of the largest caregiver and assisted living manager family in the United States.

Get both courses above (NCCC & NALMCC) for only

Lily Escobar of Chula Vista, California-

“I did like this course because it provides information so important to do our work as caregivers, more professional and in a better and easy way.”

Lori Madsen of Bellingham, Washington-

"I liked the course and found it to be very instructive and practical. And I appreciate the opportunity to become certified. Thank you so much for making this online course available and affordable."

Roberta Gray (Experienced Caregiver) of Orford, New Hampshire-

"It was a good refresher course for myself . It refreshed my memory of useful information. ."

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long does it take to complete the caregiver training course, or assisted living manager course?

How long you take is up to you. You can take two days or two weeks if you need or want to. 

The entire certification process is done electronically, and the courses are self study and are completed at your convenience and time frame. 

This puts you in control of your learning. Also, there are no time limits as far as taking and completing the course or exam which is nice to know, especially if you have a hectic life or busy work schedule. This makes the courses flexible, but informative. 

Is there a fee for the caregiver or manager exams?

NoWhen you pay for any ACA course all of the following is included:

  • ​Course Manual
  • Administrative Processing
  • Certification
  • Exam
  • There is no fee to re-take a test

Do I need to have a PayPal account to purchase a course?

NoPayPal is the processor of the order, but you do not need to sign up for PayPal to purchase any ACA course. When PayPal processes your order you are treated as a "guest" of PayPal, with no requirement to create a PayPal account. Our order process is fast, secure and simple. It's that easy.

Can someone else pay for a caregiver or manager course for me?

YesYou can have someone else buy any ACA course for you using their debit or credit card.  Just let us know the name of the individual who will be taking the course.

Can I take a course if I don't live in the United States?

YesAnyone is welcome to take our courses and get certified through the ACA. In  fact, the American Caregiver Association is the world leader in certifying caregivers from other countries. Likewise, we are proud to have the largest number of certified caregivers from other countries in our caregiver family.

Is a Home Health Aide the same as a Caregiver?

Yes. Home Health Aide is simply another name for caregiver. You may also hear of other names such as Direct Care Worker, Personal Care Assistant or Direct Care Professional. 

While there may be some differentiation in training depending on where you acquire your training, at the end of the day a Home Health Aide, etc., are all caregivers. More often than not, it is the 'level of care' of the resident and the venue in which you work that will dictate the tasks you perform as a caregiver. And, most of the time the duties are the same or similar, regardless of 'title' or training.

Marta Andruseyko of Arlington Heights, Illinois-

"The course helped me structurize my knowledge"

National Caregiver  Certification Course