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March 2014
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Important Notice

BEFORE you sign up for a CBRF class, please confirm that the instructor is approved to place your name on the CBRF Employee Registry. To see a list of currently approved instructors, go to the CBRF Instructor Registry.

New as of March 2014

A new version of the Medication Administration curriculum is available to approved instructors. Instructors may begin using the new material now and must begin using the new material and testing process no later than May 1, 2014.

Participants, instructors and providers can verify use of the new curriculum by checking the date on the Participant Guide front cover or in the footer.

April 15, 2013

The Quality Assurance Committee has established the maximum length of the teaching day for CBRF classes. Employees are restricted to a maximum of 8 class hours of training in a single day.

The only exception to this maximum is the Medication Administration class. It is not recommended to train the entire Medication Administration class in one day, but it is understood that occasionally it is necessary. You are permitted to teach the Medication Administration class in one day only when it is not possible to split it over two (2) days.

CBRF Instructors Continuing Education Training Information

The Bureau of Assisted Living has approved The Wisconsin Caregiver Project Workshop trainings as qualified continuing education for CBRF Instructors. Please see the Continuing Education Units page on the Wisconsin Caregiver Project Workshop website for more information.


Effective April 1, 2009, Chapter DHS 83, Wisconsin Administrative Code for Community-Based Residential Facilities (CBRFs) was revised.  Among the changes are new requirements for both instructors and students of the four department-approved face-to-face training topics, outlined in DHS 83.20:

Fire Safety
First Aid & Choking
Medication Administration
Standard Precautions

Effective April 1, 2010 changes include

  • Individual instructors, not programs, must be approved to train each of the four topics, based on criteria set forth by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).  (Instructors)
  • A public access registry of approved instructors is available to providers, survey staff and other interested parties.  This registry is the sole source for verification of instructor approval. (Instructor Registry)
  • A public access registry of CBRF staff who have successfully completed any or all of the four required courses is available to providers, survey staff and other interested parties.  This registry is the sole verification of classes completed on or after April 1, 2010.  (Employee Registry)
  • Curriculum for all four topics has been standardized and must be taught beginning April 1, 2010. 

For more information, select a tab at the top of this webpage.

NOTE:  The Division of Quality Assurance issues announcements and other information via electronic communications.  To ensure that you receive important updates, sign up for the e-mail subscription service at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/regulations/listserv-signup.htm




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