Training Information

Training Offering Overview

Training Name: Basic Life Safety Code Training (BLSC)

Activity Code: 0CMSBLSC_ONL

Training Description: The BLSC Training Online Course is intended to cultivate and refine surveyor skills, foster understanding of the survey process, and enhance surveyors’ overall ability to conduct LSC surveys for Medicare and Medicaid certification on behalf of CMS. This includes:

  • Providing basic knowledge of the LSC and associated CMS regulations and policy.
  • Providing knowledge on evaluating facilities for LSC compliance.
  • Providing knowledge on documenting LSC deficiencies.
  • Providing knowledge on completing CMS LSC survey report forms.
  • Identifying LSC fundamental requirements.
  • Identifying LSC occupancy requirements.
  • Identifying building rehabilitation requirements.
  • Identifying basic National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 99, Health Care Facilities Code, requirements.


This self-paced, asynchronous online course takes about 32 hours to complete. It consists of a Pre-Test, 12 learning modules with practice questions, an interactive final activity and a Post-Test. Learners should have their own copies of the 2012 editions of Life Safety Code and NFPA 99 to use as resources while taking this course.

If you have any questions regarding course related content, please direct all correspondence to SCG_LifeSafetyCode@cms.hhs.gov.

Prerequisites:

  1. Fire Inspector One Certification (NFPA Issued)
  2. Orientation to Life Safety Code OR Orientation to BLSC OR Orientation to Basic Life Safety Code OR Orientation to Basic Life Safety Code
  3. Principles of Documentation for Life Safety Code OR Principles of Documentation for Long Term Care OR Principles of Documentation for Non-Long Term Care OR Principles of Documentation for Non-Long Term Care
  4. Basic Life Safety Code: The Survey Process Training
  5. Electronic Code of Federal Regulations Simulation
  6. Survey & Certification Policy Memo Navigation Simulation
  7. State Operations Manual Navigation Simulation
  8. Basic Writing Skills for Survey Staff
  9. Foundational Investigative Skills

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