Caregiving Essentials Certificate


The Caregiving Essentials Certificate is not currently offered. For more information about future program offerings and opportunities for contract training, please email Shera Alberti-Annunzio at Extended Studies.

Developed by the University of Nevada, Reno Sanford Center for Aging in partnership with Extended Studies, this interactive 36-hour certificate program is designed to help both professional and family caregivers navigate the resources available in Nevada for older adults and for people with disabilities, teach skills necessary for effective caregiving, and provide information to help caregivers manage stress and balance commitments.

There is a growing demand for qualified professional caregivers and family caregivers in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Laborís Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for personal and home care aides is expected to grow by nearly 50 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.


  • In-depth instruction prepares participants to join one of the nationís fastest growing fields and offers professional development for those working in caregiving professions.
  • 36-hour university certificate examines a wide range of issues critical to providing effective care for older adults and people with disabilities.
  • Program hours may apply toward the continuing education requirements for professional recertification from select Nevada organizations for caregivers.
  • Certificate completion demonstrates knowledge and achievement in the field.
What Is Caregiving?
While caregiving for many is a chosen, paid profession, vast numbers caregivers do not realize that they are caregivers. If you help an adult with daily activities such as shopping, preparing meals or housekeeping, you are a caregiver to that adult. According to the Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving, more than 50 million caregivers in the United States provide $350 billion worth of unpaid services. The need is rising for both family caregivers and for qualified professional caregivers ó two key groups requiring education in order to meet the psychological and day-to-day demands of caring for older adults and people with disabilities. The Universityís new Caregiving Essentials Certificate offers invaluable knowledge, skills and resources for professional and family caregivers, as well as for those wishing to join a caregiving profession or preparing to provide care for a family member.

Program Topics

  • Overview of caregiving responsibilities, dynamics and obstacles
  • Stereotypes and myths about aging and disabilities
  • Caregiver and care recipient communication and interviewing
  • Crisis management, grief and loss
  • Memory and dementia and managing difficult behaviors
  • Navigating resources: Nevada Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), Medicare and Medicaid
Continuing Education Units
The Caregiving Essentials Certificate is approved or pending approval for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the following organizations:
  • Nevada Board of Examiners for Long-Term Care Administrators (BELTCA)
  • Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists (NBMFT)
  • Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers (NSW)
  • Nevada State Board of Nursing
View the Extended Studies Professional Development calendar for more courses and certificate programs scheduled throughout the year.

Please call our offices at (775)784-4046 or 1-800-233-8928 for more information about when this course is being offered again. Many courses are in development at any given time and will not appear on the web until they have been fully approved.

Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno | Mail Stop 0048 | (775) 784-4046 | 1-800-233-8928

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