Administrator Certification Program

The Administrator Certification Program is legislatively mandated and designed to help ensure that prospective and existing administrators of residential facilities have the requisite initial and continuing training to appropriately care for facility residents.  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 one and the same person.

The Administrator Certification Program only applies to the following facility types:

  • Adult Residential Facilities
  • Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (Assisted Living Facilities or Board and Care Homes)
  • Group Homes
  • Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs

The Administrator Certification Program is administered by the Administrator Certification Section (ACS) of the Community Care Licensing Division, Policy, Training and Certification Branch, Training and Certification Bureau.  The ACS staff process applications for administrator certification and also approve/disapprove training vendors and their proposed courses.

Laws and Regulations

Laws re: Administrator Certification (Health & Safety Code 1522.41 for GH and STRTP; 1562.3 for ARF; 1569.616 for RCFE)

Regulations re: Administrator Certification re: administrators and vendors

The historical rulemaking file for the regulation updates can be found at:
Regulations Changes In Process/Completed Regulations

DRAFT Interim Standards re: administrator certification for Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs (STRTPs)

The Insider  (quarterly newsletter)

ACS Notices

ACS Advisory Committee Information

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Application Processing Dates*

As of April 07, 2017, ACS is currently processing administrator applications received:

Initials – the week of April 03, 2017

Renewals – the week of January 30, 2017

*Note: If your application received date is not on or before the week listed above, please refrain from contacting ACS regarding application status until your week is posted.