Administrator Information 

COVID-19 FAQ's: The ACS answers questions regarding the pandemic's impact on the administrator certification process.


Administrator Certification Exam Update 

The ACS is developing an online examination using web-conferencing software. The ACS will provide more detailed information as it becomes available.

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In anticipation of Administrator Certification Exam, potential administrators waiting to take the exam are encouraged to study Initial Certification Training Program (ICTP) vendor-provided training materials. Potential administrators may wish to reach out to vendors to see if they offer ICTP review courses.

*Conditional Administrator Certificate holders have two (2) years from the effective date of their certificate to complete the 40 hours of required continuing education necessary for administrator recertification. Please note, after passing the exam, effective dates will remain the same as your Conditional Administrator Certificate. It is important to understand that the two-year cycle for obtaining 40 hours of continuing education units started when the Conditional Administrator Certificate became effective.

ACS has addressed program relevant waivers in our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Beginning January 1, 2016 , only CEU courses approved by CDSS (or Regional Centers, where applicable) may be taken for credit toward administrator certificate renewal requirements. See sections 84064.3(b) (GH), 85064.3(b) (ARF) or 87407(b) (RCFE) of the updated regulations for details.

Delinquency Fee Update

Effective January 1, 2021, payment of a non-refundable delinquency fee equal to three times the one hundred-dollar ($100) renewal fee, or three hundred dollars ($300) will be required (as specified in regulations) in the following situations:

  • When an application for recertification is received after the certificate expiration date
  • When an incomplete application for recertification is received prior to the certificate expiration date, but the application does not become complete until after the certificate expiration date

An application to recertify a certificate which has been expired for four or more years will not be accepted, as the applicant must take the appropriate ICTP course again.



The ACS supports administrators in meeting initial and continuing education certification training requirements through the Core of Knowledge curriculum and the posting of a list of third-party administrator training vendors.

The ACS has a NEW resource for administrators; a comprehensive list of approved administrator training courses. Administrators can now review course lists by program to determine what courses best meet their training needs. Administrators can then contact the vendor for more information. Until further notice, course lists will be updated on a weekly basis.


*Note: Recommend use of mail service that provides delivery confirmation for administrator applications