What is the Care Certificate?

The Care Certificate is an identified set of standards that health and social care workers adhere to in their daily working life


Designed with the non-regulated workforce in mind, the Care Certificate gives everyone the confidence that these workers have the same introductory skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high quality care and support.

Regulated staff (e.g. Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists) gain similar skills and knowledge within their professional training so they do not need to also achieve the Care Certificate.

What Are The Standards?

What are the standards? The 15 standards in the Care Certificate 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 disability 10. Safeguarding adults 11. Safeguarding Children 12. Basic Life Support 13. Health and Safety 14. Handling information 15. Infection prevention and control

Why Do I Need A Care Certificate?

If you are just starting your career in health and social care, early years education or any sector which involves caring for others, this is a valuable entry level, industry recognised qualification. It applies across health and social care sectors Links to competences (National Occupational Standards) and units in qualifications; It covers what is required to be caring; Equips workers with the fundamental skill they need to provide quality care Provides a basis from which they can further develop your knowledge and skills as their career progresse