Free Training Courses

Free Online Training Categories

Respite Care Association of Wisconsin offers a variety of free online training courses for both caregivers and respite workers on many topics. These courses are divided into five categories: Respite Care Provider Training, KIT for Caregivers, KIT for Respite Providers, Specialized Trainings, and Monthly Minis. 

Our mission is to promote, support, and expand quality statewide respite care across the lifespan.

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The Respite Care Provider Training (RCPT) is a series of free courses for anyone interested in providing respite care as a career, a part-time job, or even a volunteer activity to individuals with varying disabilities and ages.  Learners can work at their own pace to complete the ten required online courses, stopping and starting as needed. 

When you have finished the RCPT,  you’ll receive a certificate of completion for seven hours.  You will be offered the opportunity to be added to the Wisconsin Respite Care Registry, available to primary caregivers to search for respite care providers in their community. 

This FREE workshop will provide you with the information and building blocks needed to start a respite program in your community. You will have the opportunity to provide and receive feedback from others starting programs in their communities, allowing you to build a support system throughout the state of Wisconsin. This is a six-week course. The first, third, and fifth weeks will consist of online modules for you to complete on your own time. The second, fourth, and sixth weeks will be a virtual, face-to-face meeting at a scheduled time. 

RCAW’s KIT for respite providers offers a collection of free online courses, discussion topics, files, and worksheets that cover a variety of topics.  

RCAW’s KIT for primary/family caregivers offers a collection of free online courses, discussion topics, files, and worksheets that cover a variety of topics.

Each month RCAW provides mini online training on a variety of topics. Some topics are geared for caregivers, others for respite workers and providers, and others. These mini training courses are 30 minutes long.

Using partnerships with agencies and subject matter experts, RCAW is excited to offer specialized training courses on a variety of topics. Some of these courses are online, others are in-person workshops.

 We want to invite you to take The Wisconsin Respite Survey. The Wisconsin Respite Survey is an online survey of caregivers, care recipients, respite providers, and agencies.
Your input in this survey is significant to understand the current state of respite better. The survey is being conducted in partnership between the Marquette University College of Nursing, the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin, and the ARCH National Resource Network.
The purpose of the survey is to:
1. Assess and understand the current state of respite in Wisconsin by understanding who is receiving respite
2. Understand the availability and access to receiving respite
3. Understand the barriers to receive quality respite
4. Understand the respite care workforce
5. Understand how respite is used and what outcomes respite has

Data from July 01, 2020 – JULY 2022

Number of respite care providers listed on the registry
Number of respite hours funded through our CRGP
amount of $$ allocated via grant programs
Number of learners who’ve completed Respite Care Provider Training