Free Training for BC Care Aides

January 12, 2021

Fall-prevention training free to BC residents working as home care aides or community health workers. Take the University of Victoria’s online course at no charge between January and March 2021 and expand your skills to help older adults avoid falls and live safely and independently.

The University of Victoria’s online fall-prevention professional micro-credential course designed for home care aides has been fully funded by the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training to allow those in BC to take this course for free. Skills to Support Independent Living is an online, facilitated program focused on practical skills that can be applied immediately in learners’ work settings to promote their clients’ health and safety. Learners will develop skills in effective communication, team-building, identification of risk factors, and implementation of proven multifactorial strategies for fall prevention. Fall prevention experts will guide and assess learners in developing the competencies, and learners will benefit from peer-to-peer engagement. Resources include a toolkit of handouts and motivational trackers, and a three-level, home-based exercise program featuring videos for clients and training videos for staff. 
This course is for home care aides, or those in similar positions who provide health care and/or social support services for older adults and individuals with disabilities. These learners may be currently working or seeking employment in the community health care sector in British Columbia.
This is a 3-week online course requiring approximately 12-15 total hours of study (4-5 hours per week). Choose from the following course dates: 
  • Jan. 22 - Feb. 15, 2021
  • Jan. 29 - Feb. 22, 2021
  • Feb. 5 - March 1, 2021
  • Feb. 12 - March 8, 2021
  • Feb. 19 - March 15, 2021
  • Additional course dates in February and March to be confirmed
For more information see the course website at the University of Victoria.