Female CDCP assists a senior female client with arm exercises

Learn the professional skills you need to help others. Free training. $500 bonus.

It’s never been easier to enter the health care field.

When you sign up to become a certified direct care professional (CDCP), you’ll begin a journey of purpose, changing people’s lives through health care. You’ll end every day feeling a sense of accomplishment, knowing that you have helped members of the community live their lives to the fullest. You’ll also:

Many people hope for a career that allows them to do something meaningful. Becoming a Certified Direct Care Professional (CDCP) is one way to give back to the community and build a rewarding life for yourself. As a CDCP, you can significantly impact the health care sector. Direct care professionals work one-on-one with individuals in need, helping them live their best lives.


The WisCaregiver Careers CDCP program was created to give people who want to make this type of impact the opportunity to do so. Below, we’ll tell you what you need to know about our exciting program.

Comprehensive Training and Certification at No Cost

The first thing almost everyone wants to know about a training program is how much it costs. With the WisCaregiver Careers CDCP program, cost isn’t a barrier to becoming the type of person who makes an impact on the lives of others. The program is offered for free, including online training and certification testing. 


What’s more, this free program is also comprehensive. The training modules will thoroughly prepare you to enter the rewarding field of health care, giving you the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the direct care professional role. Plus, the time commitment is only about 30 hours, and you choose the pace that’s right for you.

Financial Incentives and Recognition

Most people become caregivers because they want to be a source of positivity in their communities.  Yet placing a high priority on the needs of others is deserving of recognition. That’s why the WisCaregiver Careers CDCP program provides a $500 bonus to registrants who complete the training and certification and subsequently gain employment with an eligible employer. On top of the financial recognition, those who complete the program successfully will have their name added to the Wisconsin Certified Direct Care Professional Registry. This recognition celebrates your dedication and enhances your visibility and credibility in the field.

Diverse Employment Opportunities

Although giving back is important, a career choice must also offer opportunities to help you grow personally. With CDCP certification, you can work in various settings. Direct care professionals can seek employment in residential homes, assisted living facilities, and private homes. CDCPs can expand upon their training with additional microcredentials, or badges, which provide in-demand expertise in specific areas, such as dementia care. This diverse range of work options also allows CDCPs to work in various capacities across the health care spectrum. There are plenty of opportunities to find work that aligns with your interests, career ambitions, and scheduling needs. 

Statewide Networking

To help you find the best job opportunities that are right for you, the WisCaregiver Careers Certified Direct Care Professional program provides a direct connection to employers all across Wisconsin. You can search for employers near you that align with your personal goals. As a CDCP, you can also post your credentials for potential employers to review. This networking opportunity simplifies the job search process and can lead to job offers.

Skill Development and Career Advancement

Another big factor in choosing a new career is the potential for advancement. Starting your career as a CDCP lays a solid foundation for future growth. Certified Direct Care Professionals often progress to roles such as Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Medication Aide, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Registered Nurse (RN), and even into administrative or management positions. 

Get Started Today

If you are a caring person interested in getting started in the in-demand health care sector, it’s easy to sign up today and get started. The WisCaregiver Careers Certified Direct Care Professional Program, offered by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, is your gateway to a rewarding new career.

WisCaregiver Careers is a free program that will offer thousands of caring individuals a streamlined path to successfully become a certified direct care professional.



If you think you might enjoy working in the health care field, sign up for CDCP training today!


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Becoming a certified direct care professional

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

Sign up now.

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, contact us.

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