The National Association Board for Long Term Care Administrators (NAB) has set a series of standards in order to become a licensed Assisted Living Administrator or Director. In addition to these national requirements, each state may have its own set of necessary qualifications and certification tests. If you are attempting to become a licensed Assisted Living Administrator, make sure you obtain your state's requirements.
In order to become an Assisted Living Administrator, a person must complete a 40-hour state approved RC/AL (Residential Care/Assisted Living) licensure course. This course must cover the NAB RC/AL domains of practice: resident care management, human resources management, organizational management, physical environment management, and business/financial management. Individuals must then pass a NAB RC/AL licensure exam. In some states, a state law exam is also necessary.
Education and Experience
Individuals must have one of three combinations of education and experience to become an Assisted Living Administrator, to take the RC/AL licensure exam. According to NAB Board of Governors website, these include: high school degree or equivalent, plus two years experience working in an assisted living, with one year in a leadership or management position; an associate in arts degree plus one year experience working in an assisted living, with six months in a leadership or management position; a bachelor's degree with six months leadership and management experience in assisted living.
Continuing Education and Grandfathering
Once an individual is a licensed Assisted Living Administrator, 15 hours a year of state-approved continuing education is required. At the time a licensure requirement is enacted, current assisted living administrators who are in good standing are "grandfathered." This means that those currently licensed in that position will be not be required to follow the new state requirements to remain licensed. They will follow the requirements that were in place when they became licensed.
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