- New Fee Structure Notice: Exams and Certificate Processing
- Administrator Certification Examination
- Update: Administrator Certification Program Waivers
- Notice: Change in Distribution Method of Administrator Certificates
- Notice: Delinquency Fee
- Notice: Continuing Education Units (CEU)
- Resources: Administrators
- Resources: Training Vendors and Courses
- Resources: Application
Stay Informed: Fee Increases for Administrator Examinations and Certificate Processing
PIN 21-11-CCLD – (Changes to Administrator Certification Program Fees)
In accordance with Assembly Bill (AB) 135, an increase to the Administrator Certification Program fees is effective July 1, 2022. The fee changes include new fees for the administrator certification examination and increases to existing fees for processing new and renewal Administrator certification applications. Refer to PIN 21-11-CCLD for additional information about fee changes.
Administrator Certification Application Fees
The non-refundable fees for processing initial and renewal administrator certification applications are as follows:
These fees reflect an annual 10 percent increase from the base fee ($100), not to exceed a total of 40 percent over a four-year period.
- Year 1: Effective July 1, 2021
- Initial Application: $110
- Renewal Application: $110
- Year 2: Effective July 1, 2022
- Initial Application: $120
- Renewal Application: $120
- Year 3: Effective July 1, 2023
- Initial Application: $130
- Renewal Application: $130
- Year 4: Effective July 1, 2024
- Initial Application: $140
- Renewal Application: $140
Administrator Certification Examination Fees
The non-refundable fee for the administrator certification examination is as follows: The administrator certification examination fee is $100 and includes three (3) attempts.
The ACS has developed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) resources on fees for administrator applications and the administrator certification examination. If you have any questions regarding fee increases, please submit your questions to the corresponding e-mail address listed below:
Extended: Administrator Certification Program Waivers
On June 17, 2022, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order (EO) N-11-22, which extends the CDSS’ waiver authority issued pursuant to the Governor’s March 4, 2020 Proclamation of a State of Emergency. Any facility operating under a waiver pursuant to this provision may operate pursuant to such a waiver through the expiration as set forth by California Department of Social Services or through the duration of this emergency, whichever occurs first. Please refer to PIN 22-21-ASC for additional information.
Notice: Change in Distribution Method of Administrator Certificates
Prospective and renewing administrators must include their e-mail address on their Application for Administrator Certification, form LIC 9214 to ensure delivery of their administrator certificate via e-mail.
Beginning July 1, 2021, the ACS will distribute administrator certificates in a locked portable document format (PDF) via e-mail to certified administrators with an e-mail address on file. Administrators without an e-mail address on file will receive a hard copy certificate by mail.
The ACS has addressed this in PIN 21-09-CCLD - Administrator Certification Section: Change in Distribution Method of Administrator Certificates.
Notice: Delinquency Fee
Effective January 1, 2021, payment of a non-refundable delinquency fee of 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.
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.
Resources: Training Vendors and Courses
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: Mail services that provide delivery confirmation for administrator applications is recommended.