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RCFE Administrator

How can I become a certified administrator of an RCFE?

To become certified you must:

  • Complete an initial 80 hour certification program;
  • Pass a standardized test administered by the Department of Social Services;
  • Submit a completed request for Administrator Certificate form;
  • Obtain a Criminal Record Clearance from the DOJ and;
  • Submit a non-refundable $100 processing fee.

Requirements for Administrator Certification

RCFE Administrator applicants must complete a 40-hour initial certification program approved by the Administrator Certification Section (ACS). RCFE administrator applicants who hold a valid Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) license must complete only 12 hours of classroom instruction in lieu of the 40 hours.

The Administrator Certification Section 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 certificates of completion to all participants that verify completion of required training. 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 RCFE completing the initial certification program must pass a standardized test administered by the Department. The minimum passing score is 70 percent. Your vendor will contact the district licensing offices to schedule the test for you.

RCFE administrator applicants who hold a valid NHA license issued by the Board of Nursing Home Administrators, and who have completed 12 hours of specified training, are not required to take the administrator certification test. However, they must meet all other requirements to obtain certification as an administrator.

Upon passing the 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.

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

RCFE administrator applicants must submit a non-refundable $100 processing fee to the CDSS.

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.