Many Japanese care workers have qualifications to be considered certified care workers.
We hope that specified skilled workers will also work to obtain this qualification. Here, we will share what a certified care worker is and how to become qualified as one.
What is the qualification required to be a certified care worker?
This qualification is issued to those who pass the national certified care worker exam. This means that it is a nationally recognized qualification (nationally recognized qualifications include becoming a doctor or nurse in Japan).
Certified care worker status is one of the main qualifications related to care work in Japan.
What difference will having a certified care worker qualification bring?
It is possible for people who come to Japan as a specified skilled worker, to work in the care sector without the certified care worker qualification.
However, you will be able to gain more specialized knowledge and skills by obtaining the certified care worker qualification.
In terms of pay, you will receive additional monthly qualification pay for possessing the certified care worker qualification.
Once you gain experience as a certified care worker, you can gain a leadership role, where you will mentor and lead other workers.
If you arrive in Japan under specified skilled worker status and obtain the certified care worker qualification, you will be able to transfer to carer visa status.
Since this visa does not have a limit on the length of stay, you can work in Japan for longer as long as you keep the visa up-to-date.
How do I obtain the certified care worker qualification?
You will need to have three years of work experience and have completed practical training to take the national exam for the certified care worker qualification. The national exam includes a written test and a practical test.
To transfer to a carer visa status after obtaining the certified care worker qualification, you will need to consider the total time it will take for you to obtain the visa. This will include the three years of work experience, the time it takes to complete the practical training, the number of days before the exam and how long it will take for registration.
You can stay for a maximum of five years as a specialized skilled worker. You will need to study alongside your work to pass the national exam. We recommend that you set the goal of obtaining the certified care worker qualification before you arrive in Japan.