Abusive Head Trauma Prevention Training for Child Care Providers


Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) Prevention Training for Child Care Providers replaced Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Training for Child Care Providers on September 1, 2020. Either SBS or AHT Prevention training taken through August 31, 2020, meets the training requirement.

The Wisconsin Legislature’s 2006 Prevent Violence Against Children Act went into effect in April 2007. The Act requires child care providers and preschool teachers working with children under age 5 to receive training on SBS prevention and how to manage crying, fussing, or distraught children. AHT prevention was added to the training when it was updated in 2020 by the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board and the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, in consultation with the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome.

The updated training addresses the latest information on:

  • Abusive Head Trauma (AHT)
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)
  • The Period of PURPLE Crying®
  • Strategies and challenges of soothing a baby
  • Coping with frustration
  • Having a plan and educating others

See Frequently Asked Questions and Answers to learn more.


Find Training

Visit The Registry for a schedule of upcoming in-person or virtual AHT Prevention Trainings.


NEW - Free online department-approved AHT Prevention Training for Child Care Providers

Please review these instructions before beginning the online training.


Training Format: Independent study
Length: Approximately 30-45 minutes
Cost: Free


  • Audio/speakers
  • An ability to print, print to PDF, or save the Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of the training.
  • Provide a copy of the Certificate of Completion to your employer, regulatory agency, or other agency requiring it, and retain the original Certificate of Completion for your records

The Registry

Certificates of Completion may be sent to The Registry with your initial Registry application or renewal application. The Registry does not process documents without an application. If The Registry receives your Certificate of Completion without an application, they will retain it until an application is submitted.

Mailing Address:  
2908 Marketplace Drive, Suite 103
Fitchburg, WI 53719

Before You Begin

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    • For best results when printing the certificate of completion:
      1. Go to the Print Options
      2. Select Landscape Orientation
      3. Choose to reduce the size of the page so it fits on an 8.5 x 11 sheet (approximately 80-90%), then print
  • We recommend you choose a time in which you can view the training in a single session. Some browsers will keep the training open and running for you to pick up where you left off if you need to stop; however, other browsers may time out and will require that you start the training over from the beginning.

Continuing Education

Training in Abusive Head Trauma Prevention is not required for those who have already completed department-approved Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) Prevention Training. The department encourages those already trained in SBS Prevention to complete AHT Prevention training as continuing education.


List of DCF-Approved Trainers

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For an in-person or virtual AHT Prevention Training for Child Care Providers to meet the requirement after 8/31/2020, the trainer must appear on the list of DCF-Approved Trainers (in PDF or Excel) as approved for either AHT or both SBS and AHT, and must use the approved AHT Training Materials.

If you would like to become an approved trainer – qualified to train child care providers using the approved AHT curriculum – you must attend a 2-hour Abusive Head Trauma Prevention Training for Child Care Providers - Train the Trainer session offered by a Child Care Resource & Referral Agency. Visit The Registry to find an upcoming in-person or virtual session.

Note: SBS and AHT prevention resources for school districts to use with middle and high school students can be found on DPI’s Shaken Baby Syndrome and Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) webpage.

If you have questions about the AHT Prevention Training requirement after reading the Frequently Asked Questions, please contact your certification worker or licensing specialist for further assistance.

SBS/AHT Prevention Brochures for Families

Babies Cry, Be Prepared / Los bebés lloran, esté preparade / Me Nyuam Mos Liab Quaj, Npaj Tos