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WHAT SKILLS AND QUALITIES DO DIRECT CARE WORKERS NEED?
Direct care workers are compassionate, patient, and tolerant. They must be reliable and committed to providing quality care. Direct care workers must be able to work either independently or as part of a team.
>You must be 18 or older to work as a direct care professional. 
  For many direct care jobs, prior work experience is not 
  necessary.


>Some jobs may require fingerprinting and a criminal
  background and motor vehicle department check. You may
  also have to get a TB test.


>For many direct care jobs, the employer provides training 
  when a new employee starts work. For some jobs, you must
  complete specific training and get a certificate of
  completion. Some community colleges and training institutes
  offer courses in basic caregiving.


To learn more, select the page about “Training."



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