Community-Based Residential Facility (CBRF) Caregiver

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Community-Based Residential Facility (CBRF) Caregiver

Technical Diploma

2 Credits | 36 Hours

Technical Diploma | Career Pathway

Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior

Career Cluster: Human Services

You will obtain the knowledge and skills required to become a Community-Based Residential Facility (CBRF) Caregiver in Wisconsin. This technical diploma is ideal for individuals pursuing careers in CBRF residential and treatment facilities. 


Program Overview

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be added to the Wisconsin CBRF Employee Registry. Coursework will include the following training modules: Fire Safety, Medication Administration and Management, Standard Precautions, First Aid and Choking, Resident's Rights and Challenging Behaviors. 

Program Outcomes

Employers will expect graduates of this program to be able to: 

  • Practice safe medication storage and administration
  • Advocate for the fair and ethical treatment of all residents
  • Respond appropriately to challenging behaviors
  • Practice standard precautions in all situations in the residential setting
  • Apply first aid and choking emergency procedures
  • Apply the basic of fire, fire prevention and emergent response
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Meet the emerging and rapidly growing career prospects for service providers needed to work with individuals living in residential centers. 

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A growing industry with high demand for skilled workers. 

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Hands-on, interactive, in-person coursework.

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Fulfill training requirements for treatment and residential facilities.


Coursework includes the following training modules: Fire Safety, Medication Administration and Management, Standard Precautions, First Aid and Choking, Resident's Rights and Challenging Behaviors and meets Wisconsin CBRF Employee Registry. 

Career-Enhancing Credentials

You can apply this technical diploma to the Human Services Associate associate degree, or you can take it as a stand alone diploma. 

Credit for Prior Learning

Students who meet requirements may receive credit for prior learning for this course and apply to an associate degree such as Human Services Associate.

Pair with a Related Program

Enhance your education and marketability by pairing this technical diploma with any of the following programs: Nursing-Associate Degree, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Medical Assistant, Paramedic Technician, EMT-Paramedic, Nursing Assistant or Human Services Associate. 

Required Courses

Coursework addresses safe medication storage and administration, the use of standard precautions, professional care of CBRF residents and appropriate responses to first-aid and fire emergencies. 

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Community-Based Residential Facility (CBRF) Caregiver is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Community-Based Residential Facility (CBRF) Caregiver student at Northwood Tech, you can build credentials each step of the way!

*Career qualifications vary based on licensure application, examination and supervised practice, employment hours as specified and approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.


This is the program you're looking at.

Technical Diploma
2 Credits / 1 Course / 1 Semester Part Time
Potential Careers
CBRF Caregiver program graduates will be well prepared to use their knowledge, skills and abilities in a variety of positions in diverse CBRF settings, such as: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Group Homes, Transitional Housing
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Technical Diploma
27 credits/1 Year Full Time
Potential Careers
Substance Abuse Counselor - in training, Assessment Counselor, Intake Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor
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You can continue your education to earn an associate degree.

Associate Degree
60 Credits / 2 Years Full Time
Potential Careers
Case Worker, Community Outreach/Support Worker, Income Maintenance Worker, Human Services / Information and Referral Specialist, Substance Abuse Counselor (with specialized field experience), Intake Worker, Prevention Worker, Residential Manager
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Continue your education to earn a bachelor's degree.

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Tuition and Fees

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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the costs that you may incur while attending Northwood Technical College.

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Estimated Total Program Tuition 2023-24*

Community-Based Residential Facility Caregiver 

2 Credits | 36 Hours


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Community-Based Residential Facility Caregiver (CBRF) program

Upon completion of the program, you will earn a technical diploma in Community-Based Residential Facility Caregiver. Continue your education at Northwood Tech in the Human Services Associate program.

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Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college to earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Professional Licensure and/or Certification Information

Northwood Tech’s Community-Based Residential Facility (CBRF) Caregiver program is designed to prepare students to obtain the required credential to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. However, Northwood Tech has not made a determination whether this program meets licensure requirements in states other than Wisconsin. Students who may be seeking professional licensure or certification in states other than Wisconsin should contact the appropriate licensing board in the state to verify that the Northwood Tech program meets licensure or certification requirements. To be eligible for testing and/or licensing in the state of Wisconsin, you may be required to obtain a social security number.

For more information, visit: 

Wisconsin Community-Based Care and Treatment Training Registry

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