The Care Certificate – what’s it all about?


If you manage and train staff in the health care or adult social care sector, you will need to be familiar with the new Care Certificate.

The Care Certificate has replaced the earlier Common Induction Standards and National Minimum Training Standards.

The Care Certificate is the start of a career journey and is only one element of the induction, training and education available that will help your employees provide the best quality care in their new job role.

For employers this means that your staff will be confident and competent in their role leading to a strong workforce.

The Care Certificate consists of 15 Standards; areas of training, learning and practical skill development supporting the acquisition of knowledge and competencies.

Employers are responsible for ensuring their new health or adult social care workers achieve each Standard of the Care Certificate.

The Standards have been designed for staffnew to the care sector; however they offer lots of opportunities for existing staff to refresh and improve their knowledge.

They cover a wide range of subjects and it is each employer’s responsibility to arrange the appropriate training, supervision and workplace assessment to induct new workers.

You can deliver the training internally using suitably qualified staff or choose an external learning provider.


The 15 standards are:

1. Understand Your Role

2. Your Personal Development

3. Duty of Care

4. Equality and Diversity

5. Work in a Person Centred Way

6. Communication

7. Privacy and Dignity

8. Fluids and Nutrition

9. Awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disabilities

10. Safeguarding Adults

11. Safeguarding Children

12. Basic Life Support

13. Health and Safety

14. Handling Information

15. Infection Prevention and Control

A new worker  who has not yet successfully completed any standard of the certificate must be always be in the line of sight of the individual providing supervision. Indirect/ remote supervision of the HCSW/ASCW will still be required following award of the certificate. This may be done in a phased approach, as each HCSW/ASCW meets an individual standard their supervisor may allow them to practice out of line of sight against that standard.

Skills for Care has produced a wide range of resources to support employers in the delivery of the Care Certificate.


These include:


This document sets out the general framework for the Care Certificate. Including:

Principles and context of the Care Certificate

Supervision including phased sign off


Quality assurance


Assessor Guidance:

The Care Certificate Framework is a document for Assessors. It is to ensure that the approach used to deliver the learning required meets the outcomes of the Care Certificate Framework and ensuring that there is a record of the assessment decisions that is auditable determined by the individual employer.


Mapping Tool:

This document sets out how the Care Certificate maps across to other resources that are used within the health and social care sectors. It is a reference document for use by those who may need to make links between the different resources. It is designed to reduce duplication of effort in cross-referencing and mapping these resources. For social care it can help with the move from the old Common Induction Standards.


Care Certificate knowledge only Workbook:

The Care Certificate Workbook is a free downloadable resource aimed at supporting the training process and helping employers and their new health and social care workers to cover parts of the Care Certificate.

The Care Certificate Workbook has been produced following the piloting of the Care Certificate, which indicated employers would value a national workbook. It has been developed using input from sector experts and reviewed by health and social care employers.

The workbook can be used as a tool to assist delivering the Care Certificate and enable new health and social care workers to demonstrate their understanding on the knowledge content of the Care Certificate.

Health and social care employers will still need to provide appropriate practical training, supervision and workplace assessment - as these cannot be covered by a workbook.

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