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: Long Term Care Basic Training (LTC_BT)

Activity Code: 0CMSLTC_Basic_ONL

Training Description: The LTC Basic Online Training course will provide participants with a solid foundation in the skills and knowledge required to be an effective LTC surveyor. During the course, participants will be provided with learning opportunities that will aid in the development of their LTC surveyor expertise. Surveyors must complete the LTC Basic Online Training course before they become eligible to take the Surveyor Minimum Qualifications Test (SMQT).

Target Audience: All surveyors and reviewers who currently conduct or review LTC surveys. This course may also be taken by experienced surveyors who are adding the LTC provider type to their list of survey responsibilities and current LTC surveyors taking the course as a refresher.


  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. 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
  3. Electronic Code of Federal Regulations Simulation
  4. Survey & Certification Policy Memo Navigation Simulation
  5. State Operations Manual Navigation Simulation
  6. Basic Writing Skills for Survey Staff
  7. Foundational Investigative Skills
  8. LTC Survey Process for Surveyors OR Long Term Care Survey Process (LTCSP) Training Summer 2017
  9. Long Term Care (LTC) Survey Process SME Videos
  10. Long Term Care Survey Process (LTCSP) Review Training
  11. ASPEN Overview

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