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Group Home (GH) Administrator

How can I become a certified administrator of a GH?

To become certified you must:

  • Complete an initial 40-hour certification program;
  • Pass a standardized test administered by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS);
  • Submit a completed Application for Administrator Certification form;
  • Obtain a Criminal Record Clearance from the Department of Justice (DOJ); and
  • Submit a non-refundable $100 processing fee.

Requirements for Administrator Certification:

Group Home Administrator applicants must complete a 40-hour initial ceritfication program approved by the Administrator Certification Section (ACS). The ACS must approve the certification program prior to being offered to applicant administrators.

The ACS publishes a list of approved vendors who provide the initial 40-hour training. The vendor list includes the vendor's name, address and phone numbers and is updated monthly. It is the responsibility of the individual using the list to make sure that the vendor chosen is an approved vendor.

All approved vendors issue a certificate of completion to all participants. A certificate must be obtained upon completion of the certification program to enable you to meet the requirements to obtain certification as an administrator. The certificate of completion will include the name of the approved vendor, vendor number, the name of the person completing the program, and the date that the training was completed.

Administrator applicants of a GH completing the initial certification program must pass a standardized test administered by the Department. The minimum passing score is 70 percent. The vendor with whom you took the traiing will contact the licensing district offices to schedule the test for you.

Upon passing a certification test, the ACS will send your test results in writing along with an Application for Administrator Certification form and instructions for submitting the form.

GH administrator applicants must obtain a criminal record clearance from DOJ.

Now that you meet all requirements to be certified, the ACS will issue a certificate to you. The certificate is good for two (2) years.

Once certified, how do I maintain my certification?

Within the two (2)-year certification period, you must complete forty (40) hours of continuing education in order to renew your certification.