What training do I need to become a carer?

What training do I need to be a carer?

Carers, particularly elderly ones, play an essential function in numerous families all over the UK because of the many vulnerable individuals in society, from young children to disabled adults. Although being a caregiver is both time-consuming and difficult, it is extremely gratifying.

So, if you’re looking to become a carer, whether you’re leaving school or looking for a change, you’ll need training and hopefully, the article will help you make the right decisions before you set off on your exciting new journey.

Is a career in caring right for me?

Caring may sound appealing because of the many different areas in social care to select from, as well as the possibility of assisting people of all ages and abilities. However, caring isn’t for everyone, so consider if caring is the ideal profession Before you enrol in training, it’s a good idea to see if you can volunteer for something. There are several websites available to assist you with this, including the NCVO and Do-It sites. It’s also a good idea to check out your local library. Aside from that, it provides you with lots of experience and a taste of what it’s like. Naturally, you’ll need to pass a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) background check first.

Training Opportunities for Social Care Work

You might be certain that caring is your calling. Let’s take a look at the training you’ll need to become a carer. Having some understanding of the social welfare system is beneficial, but many social care positions do not need formal qualifications in this area. It’s a good idea to study about it, but most of the time, you’ll learn it on the job.

It’s possible that your current employer doesn’t offer paid training. If that’s the case, check with a few other potential employers to see if they’ll allow you to work part-time or on an internship while studying at night or during the day. You may also take courses while working full-time as long as it is not infringing on any company policies. There are also part-time foundation and induction courses available, as well as non-exam NVQs for subjects like Care and Management or Health and Social Care that don’t require examinations. Degrees are accessible for high-level qualifications as well.

The Care Certificate

While formal qualifications are not required, you must pass the Care Certificate to work as a social care provider. This is a set of criteria that you must follow if you want to be a social care assistant. These standards are determined by Skills for Care and Health Education England. We provide a five-day Care Certificate training course that covers all 15 requirements of the certificate.


Formal qualifications are not required to be a carer, as previously stated, but they do help with job prospects and future advancement. They also assist you in delivering better quality care by allowing you to conduct your duties. Caring for Care delivers a variety of training programs that guarantee that you meet CQC standards. These include:

  • Anaemia Awareness
  • Autism Awareness
  • Basic Life Support
  • Breakaway Training
  • Catheter Care Training
  • Dementia Awareness
  • Diabetes Awareness
  • Dignity In Care
  • Effective Communication
  • Effective Record Keeping Training
  • Epilepsy Awareness
  • Epilepsy Medication Training
  • Equality & Diversity Awareness
  • Fire Safety Awareness
  • Infection Control Level 1
  • Learning Disability Awareness
  • Managing Challenging Behaviour Training
  • Nutrition & Hydration Awareness
  • Pressure Sore Prevention Training
  • Risk Assessment
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Children
  • Safer Handling of Medication
  • Safer People Moving & Handling 1 Day
  • Safer People Moving & Handling 2 Day
  • Safer People Moving & Handling Refresher
  • Stroke Awareness

Carer Career Progression

So now you know what you’ll need to get started, and how good are your prospects? Starting as a junior care worker may pay up to £14,000. This can rise to £18,000 if you specialize in support work.

CBAT offers training courses in care at various levels. At CBAT, they understand the pressures and challenges of managing health and social care. Many of them have extensive strategic and practical knowledge of the sector. So, when they deliver training, even repeated mandatory courses, they talk to you first, to understand your situation and needs.