Requirements for Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Credentials

Medical Assistance Reimbursement

If you have staff hired and being paid through medical assistance dollars, please see the information regarding what documentation is needed should you be audited regarding the credentials of your staff.

Requirements for Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Credentials

The September 2019 update to the SBAP Handbook included specific information about what documentation needs to be maintained by the LEA to verify the provider holds the required credentials for the services that he/she provides. This includes verification of the ongoing requirement that PCAs have a high school diploma or GED.

In some cases, an individual may no longer have access to a copy of his/her high school diploma or GED. Verification of a higher level of education, such as an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree, is acceptable documentation, as the individual would have had to meet the requirement of high school graduation to be admitted to a higher level educational program. Written documentation from the graduating institution may be substituted for the diploma, such as an official letter or email sent by the district providing the individual’s name and graduation status. Personal attestation, as may be provided on an employment application, is not sufficient documentation.