RCFE Initial Certification Training

Initial Certification Training Program (ICTP)

What is the RCFE Initial Certification Class?

California’s Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) requires that all administrators in a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) have a standard certification. The RCFE certification requires 80 hours of training prior to taking the State exam. You will be taught the Core of Knowledge standard set for by California regulations.

Our training consists of live webinar and 20 hours online at home, as approved by the State of California. We recommend that you start the online section as soon as you enroll as it must be completed prior to the end of the live classroom training.

How many days is the RCFE Administrator Initial Certification class?

You can start the 20 hour online section as soon as you register. The online section must be completed prior to the last day of the live section.

The 60 hour live section of our Initial Certification course is 7 days. Each live day begins at 8 am and ends at 5pm, with the exception of the last day, which ends at 2pm..

This class is online.

Why choose Community Care Options for your RCFE Administrator class?

We’ve been teaching RCFE continuing education and initial certification for over 20 years. Tom Cullen and his trainers have real world experience as administrators, marketers, and managers in this profession.

You will receive current and relevant information that will increase your knowledge base, prepare you for your exam, and get you ready to be an Administrator. You will also receive a current sample exam to study.

We can prepare your License Application, if you are opening a facility.

We provide continuing education classes and training (Live, Online, Webinars, and Conferences) for you and your staff.

We have all the initial and ongoing training materials that you will need for your employees. We also provide an affordable Online Training Subscription Service for you and your facility employees.

January 31 – February 7

April 3 – 10

January Classroom Hours (60 Hours)

1/31/24 Wednesday, 8:00 – 5:00 (9 hrs) / NHA 8:00 – 12:30 – Laws & Regs

2/01/24 Thursday, 8:00 – 5:00 (9 hrs)

2/02/24 Friday, 8:00 – 5:00 (9 hrs) / NHA 8:00 – 12:30 – Meds

2/03/24 Saturday, 8:00 – 5:00 (9 hrs)


2/05/24 Monday, 8:00 – 5:00 (9 hrs)

2/06/24 Tuesday, 8:00 – 5:00 (9 hrs) / NHA 12:30 – 4:30 – Admissions

2/07/24 Wednesday, 8:00 – 2:00 (6 hrs)


April Classroom Hours (60 Hours)

4/03/24 Wednesday, 8:00 – 5:00 (9 hrs) / NHA 8:00 – 12:30 – Laws & Regs

4/04/24 Thursday, 8:00 – 5:00 (9 hrs)

4/05/24 Friday, 8:00 – 5:00 (9 hrs) / NHA 8:00 – 12:30 – Meds

4/06/24 Saturday, 8:00 – 5:00 (9 hrs)


4/08/24 Monday, 8:00 – 5:00 (9 hrs)

4/09/24 Tuesday, 8:00 – 5:00 (9 hrs) / NHA 12:30 – 4:30 – Admissions

4/10/24 Wednesday, 8:00 – 2:00 (6 hrs)


This course fulfills the requirements of the Initial Certificate Training Program. It will teach the RCFE Core of Knowledge Standard as required by California.

What is required to become a certified RCFE Administrator?
Qualifications to become a certified RCFE Administrator are:

a) You must be at least 21 years of age

b) Have a high school diploma or GED

c) Complete the 80 Hour Initial Certification class

d) Pass the State proctored exam of 100 questions

e) Pass a fingerprint clearance

f) Pay $100 to the State of California for the RCFE Administrator application.

What will you learn about RCFE?
You will be taught the Core of Knowledge standard set for by California regulations. Each topic is assigned a specific number or hours as required by regulations.

There are 13 sections. They include Laws & Regulations, Business Operations, Management, Psychosocial & Physical needs of Elderly, Community & Support Services, Medication Management, Admission & Retention, Alzheimer’s & Dementia, the Physical Environment, Resident Rights, Cultural Competency, and Postural Supports & Hospice.

We teach the required Core of Knowledge. You will have the tools to become a successful RCFE Administrator. At the end of the course you will have the knowledge base to operate an RCFE and find answers to your regulation questions.

What’s included in our RCFE Administrator class?
Class materials will include digital copies of the Title 22 Regulations and an exam study guide. A Certificate will be provided upon course completion.
What do I do after completing the RCFE Administrator class?

1. Take the standardized exam administered by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) within sixty (60) days of completing the ICTP.

2. Pass the exam with a minimum score of 70%. (Three attempts within 60 days.)

3. Get a LiveScan fingerprint clearance for RCFE

4. Within thirty (30) days of receiving notification of passing, submit a completed initial administrator application packet to the ACS (Administrator Certification Section)

Special requirements for Nursing Home Administrators
Nursing Home Administrators are only required to take 12 hours of live training. The training must consist of:

4 hours of Laws, Regulations, Policies, and Procedural Standards Impacting RCFE,

4 hours of Medication Management,

And 4 hours of Resident Admission, Retention, and Assessment Procedures.

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