Do I need qualifications to become a Carer?
Formal qualifications are not essential in becoming a Carer; however, they do help with job prospects and future progression. They also help you to carry out your role more efficiently and provide higher quality care.
Most employers would prefer you to have some First Aid skills and an NVQ in Health and Social Care, Levels 2 and 3. These courses would prepare you to work in Adult Social Care, teaching you to support individuals with learning difficulties and awareness of dementia. Care Workers often need to travel to many locations within the day; therefore you’ll also need an EU driving license.
Beyond these qualifications, experience is crucial; so securing volunteer work will pay off in the long run. You’ll also need background checks, such as a medical check and a criminal record check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
As an alternative route into care working, some individuals train through an apprenticeship care scheme, where you’d train as a care assistant for around £6-7 per hour.
Reed.co.uk (2020) How to become a Care Worker. Available at: https://www.reed.co.uk/career-advice/how-to-become-a-care-worker/. Accessed: 13th January 2019
CV Library (2020) How to become a Care Worker. Available at: https://www.cv-library.co.uk/career-advice/start/career-guides/become-care-worker/