ALTSA Community Instructors: Want to Teach the NEW Diabetes Expanded Specialty Class? Or Attend? Classes begin June 17

ALTSA Community Instructors: Want to Teach the NEW Diabetes Expanded Specialty Class? Or Attend? Classes begin June 17

BRAND NEW Diabetes, Level 1 Capable Caregiving for Diabetes Care class. (This is different than the Nurse Delegation, Diabetes training) Are you interested in becoming a future instructor?

You might remember when DSHS evaluated recommendations based on stakeholder feedback for Specialty Training improvement and expansion (Senate Bill 5630).  During that stakeholder work, a few new expanded topics of specialty were identified.  One of those expanded topics was Diabetes Care. The curriculum development has been a process of working with stakeholders, subject matter experts and conducting extensive research in best practices and developing the curriculum package and we are currently wrapping up pilot testing.

We are excited to open up classes for our instructors and encourage attendance and active participation of these classes in June and July 2021.  We are interested in participation from any of our contracted community instructors who wish to apply to teach this course. (See the FAQ below for information about becoming an instructor). We are also interested in participation from assisted living facility administrators, ESF administrators, AFH providers, resident managers, long-term-care workers who have a diverse range of knowledge and experience with diabetes.

  • The next series of classes are currently scheduled in June and July 2021 across the state and open for anyone who wants to become an instructor for this new course (see schedule below)
  • The course is 8-hours in length, including testing time
  • The roll out will be offered in a virtual online classroom – some classes will be 8 continuous hours, others will be split into two four-hour classes
  • 8-hours of continuing education credits and certificate is provided to those who successfully pass the exam
  • This new course will be considered an optional course and not required for licensing
  • See our FAQ below for more information

This class offering has limited space available, so I do request that interested individuals register using the online registration links provided and keep your registration updated – links are available for each individual class listed in the schedule below.  Those who wish to teach this new course and unable to attend a roll out class in June or July can attend a training class by other approved instructors beginning in August, 2021.


Schedule of Classes:

June 17 & 18

9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Instructor: Beth Paul

Registration Link


June 22

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Instructor: Sarah Lane

Registration Form
June 28 & 29

9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Instructor: Beth Paul

Registration Link


July 20 & 21

9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Instructor: Beth Paul

Registration Link


July 26 & 27

9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Instructor: Beth Paul

Registration Link


July 29

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Instructor: Sarah Lane

Registration Form


Course Description:

Diabetes, Level 1.  Capable Caregiving for Diabetes Care

Diabetes is a major health concern in the United States.   Many American adults have diabetes or are at risk for getting it.  Diabetes adds significantly to the difficulty of caregiving in long-term care settings, with complications related to insulin management, nutrition, exercise and skin care among other issues.  Through group discussions and case studies, learners will focus on understanding the diverse care needs of individuals with diabetes or at risk for getting it. 


Q: When will the diabetes, Level 1 curriculum be available?

A: The diabetes, Level 1 curriculum (Learners and Instructor guides) will be available to order in English to approved instructors July 2021.

Q: Who should take this class?

A:  Instructors who wish to teach this curriculum. Individuals who may provide care for individuals with pre-diabetes, diabetes or individuals who would benefit from more information on caring for individuals with diabetes.

Q:  Where did this curriculum come from?

A:  This curriculum was developed from feedback and input gathered from stakeholders across Washington state as part of legislation around Senate Bill 5630.  Primary stakeholder and subject matter expert groups included adult family home and assisted living facility owners/providers, managers, supervisors, caregivers, trainers, families, clients/residents, DSHS staff, long-term care ombudsman and advocacy group representatives.

Q: How do I find a class?

A: Instructors may find classes listed above for planned roll out.  Once instructors are approved, they will be added to the DSHS class finder.

Q:  How do I become an approved instructor?

A:  Instructor qualifications are currently in WAC.  To become qualified as a Diabetes Level 1 instructor, individuals must meet the qualifications, successfully complete the diabetes Level 1 training as a learner (See schedule above or Find classes beginning in August) attend an approved Adult Education course if you have not yet completed one and complete the instructor approval process.

Q:  Is this training required?

A:  No, this training is NOT required in order to provide care for residents with diabetes.  DSHS will not be adding a diabetes specialty designation

Q: Other specialty trainings are required, why is this training optional?

A: We recognize that other specialty trainings may be required in some facilities; however, we are expanding our specialty training topics to provide more learning opportunities and professional development opportunities without increasing barriers and requirements for the caregiving community.

Q:  Does this training affect licensing requirements?

A:  No.  This training is optional and not required for a provider to serve the diabetes population.

Q:  Can I get CE for attending this class?

A:  Yes.  DSHS offers eight CE credits for completing this course and successful completion of the exam.

Q:  Is this a replacement for the “Nurse Delegation Diabetes” DSHS curriculum?

A:  No.  This is a brand new curriculum and does not cover nurse delegation. 

Q:  Can a training program submit its own curriculum for approval?

A:  Yes.  Curricula developed and approved as diabetes specialty training must include all of the knowledge, skills, topics, competencies and learning objectives of this course.  Contact the department for the outline of requirements.




ANGELA REGENSBURG, MA Ed / PROGRAM MANAGER / Training Unit Specialty Curriculum & QA

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Aging and Long-Term Support Administration

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Transforming Lives


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