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The State of Wisconsin is launching a new, free professional workforce advancement program to increase the number of direct care workers in home and community-based settings [HCBS].


The program offers caring individuals a streamlined path to successfully become a certified direct care professional (CDCP).


Wisconsin’s direct caregiving workforce is the backbone of home and community-based services. However, the industry is in crisis. Today, one in four direct caregiver positions is vacant. We are projected to need an additional 20,000 home care workers by 2024.


This statewide professional certification system is being developed to improve competency and career advancement in home and community settings. Workers can gain marketable skills that apply from one employer to another without retraining. In addition, WisCaregiver Careers will continue its existing track that recruits and trains caring individuals to become certified nurse aides (CNAs) in Wisconsin nursing homes.


The curriculum, developed by the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, prepares job seekers to enter the caregiving workforce. It’s the first step on a career path that offers future opportunities and growth.


In addition, WisCaregiver Careers is designed to become a one-stop online portal featuring job postings, candidate profiles, credentialing details, training opportunities, a resource library, and more. It will also include a function to auto-match employers with job seekers.


Download the program fact sheet: English(PDF) | Hmong(PDF) | Spanish(PDF)


Learn more about the curriculum.

Watch the videos above to learn how the certified direct care professional (CDCP) program can help you start a career in health care.

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Learn more about how to become a Certified Direct Care Professional (CDCP) through WisCaregiver Careers. You’ll receive timely updates leading up to the program launch. Be among the first to become a Certified Direct Care Professional (CDCP) and earn your $500 bonus through WisCaregiver Careers.

If you are an agency or provider interested in participating in the WisCaregiver Careers CDCP program, please click here.

WisCaregiver Careers is a free professional workforce advancement program offered by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services  in partnership with the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay.

If you have questions about this program, please contact us.

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