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Administrator Certificate Program

The Administrator Certification Program is legislatively mandated and is designed and intended to upgrade the knowledge and educational levels of persons currently employed as administrators and persons wishing to become administrators of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE), Adult Residential Facilities (ARF), and Group Homes (GH) through a certification process.

Administrators are individuals designated by licensees to act on behalf of the licensee in the overall management of their facilities. Licensees and administrators may be the same person.

The Administrator Certification Program is administered by the Administrator Certification Section (ACS) of the Community Care Licensing Division, Technical Assistance and Policy Branch, Technical Assistance Bureau, California Department of Social Services. The ACS is comprised of the certification and vendor units. The ACS is also legislatively mandated to approve/disapprove all vendors of 35/40 hour initial and continuing education training programs, which includes courses and instructors.

Learn more about the core knowledge requirements for initial and continuing education >>

Please note, page 3 of the above requirements related to RCFEs has been replaced by the updated core knowledge PDF available by clicking here