Respite Care Certificate Program

Respite Care Certificate Program (RCCP)

The RCAW Respite Care Certificate Program (RCCP) is designed for people who are interested in providing respite care to individuals with varying disabilities and ages across the lifespan. Learners are able to work at their own pace to complete the ten required online courses. A minimum score of 75% for the final test for each course is required to receive a certificate of completion. There is no cost for the courses in this program.

Upon completion of the RCAW Respite Care Certificate Program, learners 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.

The Ten RCCP Courses

  • 101-WI: What is Respite?
  • 102: Disability Basics for Respite Providers
  • 103: Client Care for Respite Providers
  • 104: Medication Administration for Respite Providers
  • 105-WI: Abuse & Neglect for Respite Providers in WI
  • 106: Caring for Challenging Moments for Respite Providers
  • 107: Wellness, Household, and Free Time Activities
  • 108: Professional Ethics and Interpersonal Skills for Respite Providers
  • 109: Meeting with the Caregiver and Care Recipient
  • 110-WI: Next Steps & the RCAW Respite Care Registry

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Wisconsin Lifespan Caring Network Training vs Respite Care Certificate Program

In 2010, RCAW created a comprehensive “Caring Network” training for respite providers. This online course was one long course with hundreds of slides. In 2020, RCAW modified the “Caring Network” training to ten (10) shorter, online courses that make up the Respite Care Certificate Program (RCCP).

A lot of the information is similar between the two programs, but the new RCCP courses has updated information, along with some new modules. In order to be on the RCAW Respite Registry as a respite provider, all ten RCCP courses must be completed.

People who have previously completed the “Caring Network” Training are eligible to be added to the RCAW Respite Registry; but it is highly encouraged to complete the RCCP courses for current training and education information.