With eager anticipation, ACE Postsecondary School opened its doors to prospective Direct Care Workers (DCW) in 2011. Over years, ACE has experienced tremendous growth, not only in the valley but throughout Arizona.
Important to that growth is the fact that ACE has operated as a private postsecondary school since 2014.
ACE instructors are highly trained, certified, and have extensive first-hand experience in the field of caregiving. Our classroom environments have unparalleled in-home settings and equipment for the most realistic skills training. We use state-of-the-art technologies in our classroom presentations.
To become a support provider for members through the Division of Developmental Disabilities, whether you're caring for family or non-family, all students must acquire instruction and training in Article 9, which is a legislative ruling in Arizona.
Direct Care Workers, caregivers working for agencies contracted with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), the Medicaid program in Arizona, must be trained by fully qualified instructors. ACE is approved and trained by fully qualified instructors. ACE is approved and licensed as a Direct Care Workers training facility that is staffed by professional instructors who maintain their current status as a requirement.
The changes in caregiving rules and regulations in Arizona are discussed in detail at the following two websites Arizona Direct Care and AHCCCS. These changes are mandated for most caregivers, including those who care for family members. Please contact us at ACE if you have any questions or concerns about these..
If you need CPR certification—including automated external defibrillator (AED) certification (adult, child, and infant) and First Aid—ACE can provide expert training in those classes. All caregivers in Arizona must have these courses to be a qualified Direct Care Worker/Support Provider.
ACE is fortunate to have a highly skilled faculty that is first and foremost dedicated to the educational experience of students desiring to be professional caregivers. The instructors bring to the table over 50 combined years of the highest quaity and stellar experiences in caregiving. Owing to this teamwork, ACE delivers the very best instruction in caregiving classes, programs and skills.
Heidi Lewis brings to the team a wealth of experience in teaching, including grades K-8th. She has extensive training in Special Education and Behavioral Health and its application to caregiving instruction. Heidi was mentored and trained over a ten-year period by Master Habilitation Specialists and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). ACE is very proud of her accomplishments in this field. As Lead instructor of ACE, Heidi leads us through the state-mandated Direct Care Worker caregiver program (Level I and Level II).
Diana has been with the company since 2014. Prior to that, she had been a medical assistance with four years' experience in a doctor's office. Diana has had hands on training in her personal life, taking care of her own family members since 2004. She has been certified to teach all the Qualified Caregiving Program for Direct Care Workers (DCWs) for Arizona Long Term Care (ALTCS) and Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) as well as First Aid/CPR instructor through the National Safety Council and Article 9 instructor through the Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities.
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ACE provides professional instruction in caregiving by state-approved instructors who provide up-to-date information, skills testing, and guidance for you to become a Direct Care Worker (DCW), as stipulated by the State of Arizona
Prevention & Support
Habilitation/Positive Behavior Support
Intro to The Division of Developmental Disabilities
Every Direct Care Worker (DCW) is required to complete six hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) each year.
Each Continuing Education Units (CEUs) course listed below is a two-hour online session, available in Spanish and English. In order to receive 6 hours of credits, you will need to select 3 of the following online courses.
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No prior medical knowledge or healthcare experience is necessary.Upon successful completion of this course students will have gained the knowledge and skills to effectively manage a wide variety of emergency situations at home, work, or while traveling.