Baseline Chief Inspector and Cybersecurity Awareness Training Now Available in Online Learning Center


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Wisconsin County Clerks
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
Milwaukee County Election Commission


Richard Rydecki, Assistant Administrator
Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator

Baseline Chief Inspector Training

As you are aware, new chief inspectors are required by state law to take the Baseline Chief Inspector Training (CIT) class before their first election to be considered certified to conduct elections in the current term. We have customarily offered this class using live webinars conducted by Wisconsin Elections Commission staff and in-person training classes conducted by WEC certified clerk-trainers.

As we indicated in the June 29, 2018 clerk communication “Election Official Certification and Training,” the Baseline CIT class is now available in the WEC Learning Center. The presentation is organized into seven sections and is approximately 1.5 hours in length. The Chief Inspector Self-Evaluation, comprised of 30 true and false and multiple-choice questions, is also required training for chief inspectors to gauge their comprehension of the materials and takes about 30 minutes to complete. There is no passing grade for the self-evaluation and the results do not affect a chief inspector’s appointment or ability to serve. The results do not have to be reported to the Commission.

Chief inspectors will receive a WEC Learning Center badge via email after finishing each of the seven sections of the presentation and a final badge will be awarded that indicates completion of the presentation. The email address must be unique to the chief inspector. A badge will also be awarded for completing the self-evaluation. No other certificates will be issued. After the chief inspector has received the completion badge and the self-evaluation badge, he or she should share these badges with their municipal clerk. If the new chief inspector needs a copy of the Election Day Manual, the clerk should send an email request to the elections training mailbox:

Your first step is to contact the Elections Help Desk using the form posted with this memo to request a user name and password on behalf of your chief inspector(s) for the WEC Learning Center. The Help Desk will send it to you along with an instructions document that explains where to access the Learning Center, and how to log in and review the training curriculum.

State law requires chief inspectors to take a total of six hours of election training before December 31, 2019 to recertify for the 2020-2021 term. Taking Baseline CIT in the Learning Center together with the Chief Inspector Self-Evaluation will count for two of the six hours. In-person Baseline classes will continue to be offered at various locations before each election by certified clerk-trainers.

As a reminder, webinar recordings from our previous webinar series are available on the WEC website: We also recently posted a new election administration training webinar schedule for the upcoming election cycle: Deputy clerks and staff are not required by law to take training but may do so if they are working on clerk certification for personal or professional reasons.

Cybersecurity Awareness Training Video Series

The Wisconsin Elections Commission has also released a series of cybersecurity videos that identify best practices for secure computer use. The videos were designed and implemented as part of the agency’s updated WisVote user policies, but the video series contains information and best practices that apply to any computer user. Topics include tips for creating secure passwords and safe browsing information that will help reduce the risk of malware infection on any computer, regardless if that machine is used to access the WisVote system.

There are five videos in the series that are beneficial to all computers users and viewing these videos can be reported to the WEC for training credit. These videos can be accessed in the Learning Center by clicking on the “Election Security Awareness” tile link on the menu and the five relevant videos are as follows:

  1. Security Awareness
  2. Phishing Facts
  3. Password Protocols
  4. Browsing Safely
  5. Computer Safeguards

We hope that you, your staff and your election workers find the availability of these training options helpful and convenient.  To access the Learning Center for security training, please contact the Elections Help Desk:  If you have any questions, please contact Allison Coakley: or (608) 261-2033.