Certified Family Home

Learn the Essentials Needed to Operate a Family Home in Idaho

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Program Overview

Are you interested in providing a nurturing family home environment for those in need? College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers the Certified Family Home program, designed to prepare you for creating and managing a certified family home in Idaho. This program is ideal for individuals who wish to offer a safe, supportive, and caring environment to adults who are elderly or have disabilities.

The program covers various aspects of running a family home, including medication management, care techniques, and compliance with state regulations. You will gain valuable insights into creating a supportive atmosphere while meeting the needs of those in your care. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the process, ensuring you are well-equipped to provide high-quality care in your certified family home.

Degree or Certificate Type




Additional cost may apply.

Primary Location

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Learning Opportunities

  • Medication Management: Learn the essentials of managing medications safely and effectively.
  • Care Techniques: Gain skills in providing care for adults, including the elderly and individuals with disabilities.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Understand the legal and regulatory aspects of operating a family home.
  • Supportive Environment Creation: Learn to create a nurturing and supportive living environment.
  • Hands-On Experience: Engage in practical training to apply your learning in real-world scenarios.

Area of Study

Minimum age requirement to start this program is 18.

Degrees & Certificates

Certificate of Completion

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Career Opportunities

  • Home Health and Personal Care Aides


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  • Nursing Assistants

    Provide or assist with basic care or support under the direction of onsite licensed nursing staff. Perform duties such as monitoring of health status, feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, or ambulation of patients in a health or nursing facility. May include medication administration and other health-related tasks. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants. Excludes “Home Health Aides” (31-1121), “Personal Care Aides” (31-1122), “Orderlies” (31-1132), and “Psychiatric Aides” (31-1133).


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  • Orderlies

    Transport patients to areas such as operating rooms or x-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds. May maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment. Excludes “Nursing Assistants” (31-1131). Psychiatric orderlies are included in “Psychiatric Aides” (31-1133).


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  • Psychiatric Aides

    Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


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