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PDFWAC 388-71-0870

What is the seventy hour basic training?

(1) Basic training of seventy hours is training that includes:
(a) Core competencies; and
(b) Population specific competencies.
(2) All seventy hour basic training curriculum must be approved by the department and provided by qualified instructors.
(3) The DSHS developed revised fundamentals of caregiving (RFOC) or another department approved training may be used to teach core basic training but it must include enhancements. Examples of enhancements are, but are not limited to:
(a) Adding more time for workers to practice skills including:
(i) The mechanics of completing the skill correctly.
(ii) Client centered communication and problem solving associated with performing the skill.
(iii) The different levels of care required for each skill (independent, supervision, limited, extensive, total).
(iv) Working with assistive devices associated with a skill.
(v) Helpful tips or best practices in working through common client challenges associated with a skill.
(vi) Disease specific concerns or challenges associated with a skill.
In most of these examples, additional student materials would be required to ensure the skill enhancements are well planned and documented for students. Materials must be submitted for approval and approved per WAC 388-71-1026.
(b) Augmenting or adding additional materials, student activities, videos or guest speakers that:
(i) More deeply reinforce and fortify the learning outcomes required for basic training.
(ii) Ensure each student integrates and retains the knowledge and skills needed to provide quality basic personal care.
(iii) Prepares workers for the certification testing environment and process.
(c) Enhancements are not materials and/or activities that:
(i) Are out of the scope of practice for a LTC worker such as content clearly written for registered nurses.
(ii) Are identical to, or a direct replacement of, those already included in RFOC.
(iii) Do not reinforce Washington state laws associated with client rights and client directed care.
(iv) Long-term care workers are not paid to provide.
(v) Are written above a high school reading level.
(4) One hour of completed classroom instruction or other form of training (such as a video or online course) equals one hour of training.
(5) The training entity must establish a way for the long-term care worker to ask the instructor questions.
(6) There is no challenge test for basic training.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.520. WSR 13-02-023, ยง 388-71-0870, filed 12/20/12, effective 1/20/13.]
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