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Administrator Certification 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 one and 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. The ACS is comprised of the certification and vendor units. The ACS is also legislatively mandated to approve/disapprove all vendors of initial and continuing education training programs, including courses and instructors.

Forms | Fees | Contacts

Administrator Information:

Beginning January 1, 2015, ACS will no longer accept administrator continuing education courses approved by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) or National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB). Please read   The Insider – Winter 2014-15  for more information.

The Administrator Certification Section (ACS) is currently experiencing technical issues with our phone system. When calling our mainline (916) 653-9300, please leave a message or email AdminCertInfo@dss.ca.gov . Messages will be returned as soon as possible.
In addition, voicemails for ACS employees are down – all employees can be reached via email or you can try calling again at a later time.
We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Application Processing Dates

As of 06/29/2015, ACS is currently processing applications received on:

  • Initials – the week of April 13th, 2015
  • Renewals – the week of April 6th, 2015

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




Applications *

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


Vendor Information:



Course Approvals