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by | Nov 7, 2019

Mass.Gov Home Care Aide Training (PHCAST): The training encompasses 11 self-paced modules, is roughly 37 hours of training and can be taken on a laptop, tablet or phone and covers the topics and skills necessary to become a Homemaker. This is exciting because it now makes the training more accessible to a wide range of potential workers and allows them to take the course when it is convenient for them. This course is also the stepping stone to a career path that includes Personal Care Homemaker, nurse’s aide and other health care professions.  By making this accessible to all, we hope to bring more people into these important professions, increase the number of homemakers in the workforce and help alleviate the wait time for consumers needing this important service. During 2021 we will be translating the online PHCAST into both Spanish and Haitian Creole and also converting the next level training for PC Homemaker into the same online format in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.

Home Care Aide Training (PHCAST) | Mass.gov

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MassHire Career Information System (MassHire CIS) is free on-line to all MA residents, and is designed to provide occupational and educational information to help people make better-informed career and school choices. It’s an online tool to help you explore careers and find the right education or training program once you have made your career decisions.   MassHire CIS offers information on: career assessment and planning, occupations, the labor market, outlook, and educational options.


The MA Department of Higher Education grants a “categorical tuition waiver” to state residents age 60 and up [as well as veterans, active members of the military, Native Americans, and blind and disabled residents]. The value of this waiver is typically between 10% and 15% of the full cost of tuition, but the exact amount varies by school. The Office of Student Financial Assistance has a complete list of state schools and their current tuition waivers.

Students are allowed to receive both a categorical tuition waiver and need-based financial aid if they qualify. However, the value of the two put together can’t be more than the total cost of tuition.


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