NJ Certified Home Health Aide Career

Project aiming to address the nationwide shortage of certified home health aides by implementing scholarship, mentoring, and specialized training programs in New Jersey.


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The Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University is pleased to announce the launch of the Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) Workforce Expansion Project in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Human Services - Division of Aging Services. Our goal is to address the nationwide shortage of CHHAs by implementing scholarship, mentoring, and specialized training programs. Through these initiatives, we aim to expand and retain the CHHA workforce in New Jersey by partnering with leading home care agencies and educational institutions to provide training opportunities for interested candidates and to gather data on their experiences. Together, we can make a positive impact, enhance the lives of both workers and those in need, and elevate the CHHA workforce to new heights.

Apply to become a vital program partner.

Read our FAQs on becoming a program partner.

If you have any questions or comments, please email chha@ejb.rutgers.edu.


Scholarship Program to Become a CHHA

We are thrilled to introduce our scholarship program aimed at supporting individuals in obtaining certification as Certified Home Health Aides (CHHAs). If you are ready to join a rewarding workforce that cares, this is the perfect opportunity for you. The program covers the costs associated with certification training, including incentives to assist with expenses during training such as childcare, transportation, food, and other needs.

Additionally, participants will receive two bonuses at 6 and 12 weeks of active work to further support them on their journey to success. Our agency partners will also provide job placement services to program graduates, benefiting both the individuals involved and the healthcare industry as a whole

Thank you for considering our program.

Younger male certified home health aide assisting older male client with getting out of a wheelchair

Mentorship Support Program for Young Adults and New Americans

We are excited to announce our mentorship program designed to provide certified training to individuals aspiring to become home health aides. The program offers incentives during training and two bonuses at 6 and 12 weeks of active work. Moreover, it trains experienced and certified home health aides to serve as mentors to newly trained individuals. Mentees will receive a resource toolkit, access to an exclusive network forum, and guidance from a seasoned mentor for 12 weeks.

Our recruitment process is inclusive, targeting young adults, asylum seekers, and men to create a diverse workforce. We greatly value the participation of mentors and mentees, offering incentives to show our appreciation. Mentors will also receive a financial incentive for their exceptional work.

Thank you for considering our program.

Younger female certified home health care aide comforting older female client

Specialized Training Program to Enhance Skills

We are pleased to introduce our specialized training program in dementia care and mental health first aid, providing certified home health aides with the skills needed to care for clients with Alzheimer's, dementia, or behavioral issues. By completing this program, Certified Home Health Aides (CHHAs) will be better equipped to serve their clients effectively, leading to improved outcomes and a higher quality of life.

As a token of appreciation for their dedication, the program offers financial incentives to those who complete the training.

Thank you for your interest in our program.

Attention Home Care Agencies!

Are you looking to expand your business and make a difference in your community? If so, we want to partner with you!

We are seeking CHHA employers that offer certified home health aide training approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing. By partnering with us, you will have the opportunity to participate in three pilot programs and make a tangible impact through our mentorship program.

Take advantage of this opportunity to grow your business and give back to your community. Apply to partner with us today!

What does it mean to be a CHHA project program partner?

To become a CHHA project program partner, your organization must provide CHHA training and offer a promise of employment for participants upon completion. Program partners will receive funds to offset training costs and must make upfront direct payments to participants, which will be fully reimbursed.

Additionally, partners participating in the mentorship program will be required to make incentive payments to selected mentors and mentees, which will also be reimbursed.

Click the links below to apply to become a program partner and to read our FAQs.

Program Partner Application



This project is supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $5 million with a portion funded by CMS/HHS to the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Money Follows the Person Demonstration. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CMS/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of an award to the New Jersey Department of Human Services