ALERT! In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, CMS has released COVID-19 Focused Survey Protocol Training for Long Term Care and Non-Long Term Care.
Surveyors must be logged in to receive credit for completion. Public learners can access COVID-19 training via direct links below:

Long Term Care | Non-Long Term Care

Training Information

Training Offering Overview

Training Name: Community Mental Health Centers Basic Training (CMHC_Basic)

Activity Code: 0CMSCMHC_ONL

Training Description: The CMHC Basic Surveyor Training course will be a self-paced, on-demand, asynchronous Federal training for all surveyors who have completed the necessary prerequisites. It will be housed on ISTW. The course will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to survey a CMHC facility—from off-site preparation through the entrance conference, sample selection, survey tasks, analyzing findings, and documenting deficiencies, to the exit conference and post-survey activities.


  1. BHFS—Basic Health Facility Surveyor—Introduction to Surveying for Long Term Care (includes Resident Assessment Instrument Minimum Data Set 3.0) OR Introduction to Surveying for Non-Long Term Care
  2. Electronic Code of Federal Regulations Simulation
  3. Survey & Certification Policy Memo Navigation Simulation
  4. State Operations Manual Navigation Simulation
  5. Principles of Documentation for Non-Long Term Care OR Principles of Documentation for Non-Long Term Care OR Principles of Documentation for Long Term Care OR Principles of Documentation for Life Safety Code
  6. Basic Writing Skills for Survey Staff
  7. Foundational Investigative Skills

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