Minimum qualifications to become a DCW Trainer have been outlined to ensure quality instructor candidates. Instructor qualifications are listed below.
You can be tested to become a DCW Instructor by any current instructor in good standing, affiliated with an AHCCCS approved Training & Testing Program, and not working within your organization.
DCW trainers must be affiliated with an AHCCCS approved Training & Testing Program. Stay informed by check back here as often for the latest update and instructor support.
Only Training & Testing Programs are able to offer DCW Certification. AHCCCS has outlined the minimum program requirements and standards for Approved Programs to ensure uniformity of the training and testing of DCWs and DCW Trainers as well as the portability of testing records. If you would like to find out more please click the link below.
DCW trainers must pass the written tests for any portions of the curriculum they teach with a score of at least 92% before they begin teaching.
DCW trainers must demonstrate 100% mastery of all hands-on skills taught in any portions of the curriculum they teach.
DCW Trainers meet any additional criteria required for providing program-specific instruction, such as requirements by the Division of Developmental Disabilities.
Instructors must have substantive, hands-on direct care experience (paid or unpaid) of at least one year. Experience must be relevant to the curriculum that is be taught. Approved programs must be able to explain how they qualified their instructors. Note: Current instructors who meet all requirements but do not have one year of caregiving experience must obtain at least 40 hours of hands-on direct care experience within 3 months of receiving its approved training program notification.
At least one year experience in teaching groups of adults (any field) or 3 months (100+ hours) preparation to become an instructor in direct care is required. Preparation can include coaching, mentoring, co-teaching, and coursework. Approved programs must be able to document how they prepare or qualify their instructors.