Respite Provider Training and Credentialing Resources

We are in the midst of a direct care workforce crisis. Despite the worker shortage, well-trained respite providers are and will continue to be a valuable resource. The purpose of this page is to share respite provider training resources and ideas to encourage development and expansion of respite provider training opportunities.

ARCH in collaboration with the National Academy for State Health Policy and the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin field tested a competency-based online respite provider training curriculum for entry-level respite providers in 10 pilot sites. The Respite Care Association of Wisconsin developed the training curriculum, helped advance a newly developed recruitment campaign among the pilot sites, and is working with ARCH and an evaluation consultant to monitor the effectiveness and reach of the training and marketing strategies.  Read more.

Additional nationally recognized direct service professional competencies and training resources are listed here. We have not endorsed any particular training curricula or credentialing program. If you would like to know if these efforts have been evaluated, please contact the program directly. If you have something you would like to add or notice information that needs to be reviewed, please let us know. This website is maintained by ARCH as an informational resource for the public. It is not meant to be an all-inclusive, original or comprehensive resource. Links to websites of other organizations or service providers are included for information, but we make no representation or warranties, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy of the information, or the effectiveness of the training.

Direct Care Workers are also known as Direct Service Workers (DSW) or Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and may include home health aides, home care aides, certified nursing assistants, personal care assistants and respite providers, among others.