Information for learners

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

  • new to care
  • employed as an adult social care worker
  • providing direct care in a residential or nursing home, a hospice or are a home care worker.

You may also complete it if you’re working in a different role as it’s up to your employer to decide if it’s appropriate.

Completing the certificate

The Care Certificate should be used as part of your induction as it sets out fundamental skills that you’ll need to work competently in health and social care.

You’ll be assessed on what you know and what you do to show you understand and can carry out the standards in your role.

Each standard must be completed and assessed before you can work un-supervised. This should happen at the beginning of your employment and can be done in a phased way. As you meet each individual standard, you could be allowed to do the areas of work covered by that standard without direct supervision, while still needing supervision in other areas.

After completing the Care Certificate

You could use the learning from the Care Certificate towards some existing qualifications and apprenticeships in the future and you’ll be able to take your certificate with you if you move to another role in health or social care. This will help avoid the need to repeat learning if you move to other health and social care roles, though periodic refreshers on some content may be required. Make sure you keep your certificate safe and any other documentation you think would be useful.