Administrator Certification



Application Processing Dates*

As of October 13, 2019 ACS is currently processing administrator applications received:

Initials - the week of October 13, 2019

Renewals - the week of September 22, 2019

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

About ACS

The Administrator Certification Program is legislatively mandated and designed to help ensure that prospective and existing administrators of residential facilities have the requisite initial and continuing training to appropriately care for facility residents.  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 only applies to the following facility types:

  • Adult Residential Facilities
  • Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (Assisted Living Facilities or Board and Care Homes)
  • Group Homes
  • Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs

The Administrator Certification Program is administered by the Administrator Certification Section (ACS) of the Community Care Licensing Division, Policy, Training and Quality Improvement Branch.  The ACS staff process applications for administrator certification and also approve/disapprove training vendors and their proposed courses.

Newsletter and Notices

The Insider (Quarterly Newsletter) || ACS Notices

Provider Information Notices (PINs): Adult and Senior Care (ASC) Program || Children's Residential Program (CRP)


Laws and Regulations

Laws re: Administrator Certification (Health & Safety Code 1522.41 for GH and STRTP; 1562.3 for ARF; 1569.616 for RCFE)

Regulations re: Administrator Certification re: Administrators and Vendors

The historical rulemaking file for the regulation updates can be found at:
Regulations Changes In Process/Completed Regulations

Interim Licensing Standards re: administrator certification for Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs

Contact Us

Community Care Licensing Division
Administrator Certification Section

744 P Street, MS 9 -17- 47
Sacramento, CA. 95814

*Please note that ACS does NOT accept applications, payments, or other documents on a walk-in basis. Documents must be mailed, faxed, scanned or sent via email, as instructed. Vendors may upload their documents through Automation. Payments may only be sent via postal mail at this time.


Important information regarding criminal record background check for Individuals who want to become a certified administrator.



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