80 hour RCFE Initial Administrator Certification Training (20 Online/60 Live)

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The first step toward becoming a certified Administrator for a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) in California is to successfully complete an 80-hour initial certification training program.  With CareerSmart®, for your convenience, this program is made up of 20 Online hours and 60 hours of Live Classroom Instruction.  Once the learner chooses the location and dates for the Live Classroom portion of the training, they will automatically be enrolled in the 20 Online hours and will receive an email confirmation and can begin taking these immediately.  The Online portion of the training can be taken at any time prior to completion of the 80-hour program, but we encourage students to complete them before starting the 60-hour Live Classroom training, to ensure the most optimal learning experience.  Certificates of completion for the full 80-hours of initial certification training will not be issued to students until both portions of the program are complete.  But, by offering 20 hours online, students have the flexibility to complete a portion of the training from the comfort of their own home or anywhere they have internet access.


Are you approved by the CCLD?

The 80-hour program offered by CareerSmart Learning is approved by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD)Administration Certification Section, (Vendor #2000386-0740-1), will prepare students for the State RCFE Administrator Certification Exam, and will give students the necessary tools to become successful RCFE Administrators.

What are the benefits of choosing CareerSmart classes?

  • 20 hours can be completed online, at home, or from any location with internet access. * 
  • 60 hours are in a live classroom setting
  • Free take-home tools, including Health and Safety Code & Title 22 Regulations
  • Free snacks and bottled water daily
  • Classes are taught by experienced and credentialed instructors, including retired Licensing Program Managers from CCLD who possess expertise in the RCFE program, providing insider perspectives on enhancing facility compliance, registered nurses and dementia specialists.
  • Practice test questions and answers are provided to students to help ensure success on the State exam
  • Raffle prize drawing on last day of live classroom instruction

Students who do not have access to a personal computer or laptop may elect to come into our Brea office location to complete the online portion of the training at a student workstation, during regular business hours.  Reservations are required. 

What if my certificate expired?

Note: Individuals whose RCFE Administrator Certificate expired more than four years ago are required to retake the Initial Certification Course. However, if your certificate expired within the last four years, this course is not applicable. You would need to renew your certificate by submitting evidence of completing the required CEUs (20 per year).

What if I have a current Nursing Home Administrator Certificate?

Individuals who possess a current Nursing Home Administrator Certificate, are only required to take 12 of the 80 hours and do not need to take the state exam. Regulations require the 12 hours include the topics of laws and regulations, medications, and admission/assessment of residents. For this abbreviated 12-hour live classroom program, the cost is $399. If you would like to enroll in the 12 hours, please give us a call at 877-479-7338, so that we may process your payment over the phone, as our website only has the full pricing available for purchase online.

What qualifications do I need to become an RCFE Administrator?

To become an RCFE/Assisted Living Administrator in California, individuals must meet the following qualifications, per California Health and Safety Code and Title 22:

The administrator shall have the qualifications specified in Sections 87405(d)(1) through (7). If the licensee is also the administrator, all requirements for an administrator shall apply.

  1. Knowledge of the requirements for providing care and supervision appropriate to the residents.
  2. Knowledge of and ability to conform to the applicable laws, rules, and regulations.
  3. Ability to maintain or supervise the maintenance of financial and other records.
  4. When applicable, the ability to direct the work of others.
  5. Good character and a continuing reputation of personal integrity.
  6. Have a high school diploma or equivalent, such as a General Education Development (GED) certificate.
  7. Be at least 21 years of age.

If you have a question about whether you qualify to become an administrator please contact us at 877-479-7338 or [email protected]

2017-2018 Class Schedule for ORANGE COUNTY

Dates Location Hours Price

2601 Saturn Street, Ste. 370
Brea, CA 92821
 8am-6:30pm daily  $559

Atria Woodbridge
One Witherspoon
Irvine, CA 92604
8am-6:30pm daily  $559

& Mon:
2601 Saturn Street, Ste. 370
Brea, CA 92821
8am-6:30pm daily  $559

2018 Class Schedule for LOS ANGELES COUNTY

Dates Location Hours Price

2018 dates are coming soon!


Dates Location Hours Price

Brookdale Riverside
5881 El Palomino
Jurupa Valley, CA 92509
 8am-6:30pm daily  $559

Raincross at Riverside
5232 Central Ave
Riverside, CA 92504
 8am-6:30pm daily  $559

2018 Class Schedule for SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Dates Location Hours Price

Paradise Village
2700 E 4th St.
National City, CA 91950
8am-6:30pm daily   $559


Disclaimer: Dates and locations are subject to change, depending on student enrollment.  Any location change will be communicated to those registered in advance and efforts will be made to ensure the alternate location will be within the same city or geographic vicinity of the original class.

Additional Information


Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino, San Diego County

Live Date

Jan 11-13 and 21-23, Jan 19-21 and 27-29, Feb 1-3 and 8-10, April 5-7 and 15-17, May 31-June 2, 8-9 and 11, Mar 8-10 and 18-20

No. of Students

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

7 reviews for 80 hour RCFE Initial Administrator Certification Training (20 Online/60 Live)

  1. 5 out of 5


    I am very happy with my training I received with Career Smart learning. All of the training coordinators worked very hard to make sure we receive the knowledge and provided the tools needed to move forward with the State Exam. I recommend Career Smart learning. You will be happy knowing you made the right choice, also, I passed my exam the first time around. All the staff was awesome. I loved my experience. Thank you!

  2. 5 out of 5


    Alysha & Richard – Thank you both and to the Career Smart team of educators who gave me 80 hours of RCFE insights. I PASSED the exam right after taking your course! Again, much appreciation for the professional and personal touch your company showed to me during my 2 weeks attending your educational class. I recommend Career Smart Learning. Aloha! //np/

  3. 5 out of 5


    Alysha and all of her instructors worked very hard to give us all the required information that was needed in order to pass the exam. I passed first time. As far as I am concerned there is NO other school that will be as complete and informative as Career Smart Learning.
    A special Thanks to all the staff at Career Smart Learning………

  4. 5 out of 5


    Alysha and Richard – Your teaching materials and test review have tremendously helped me to prepare and pass the State exam the first time around. Your professionalism and in-depth knowledge sharing are much appreciated – The focus (key factor) in the 2-week session (some sections were boring though) did pay off for me.

    I am glad to choose Career Smart Learning over Care & Compliance or others. THANK YOU !

  5. 5 out of 5


    I am SO HAPPY that we took Career Smart Learning’s RCFE course. I learned a lot from all of the instructors we had. They really took the time to make sure every person in the class understood all the topics. My brother and I were able to pass the State Exam on the FIRST try! I highly recommend this class to others! Thank you!

  6. 5 out of 5


    I had a great experience with Careersmart with the RCFE certification program. They have a great team of teachers and resources available. I think they really do care about their students and make sure they get concepts in a well structured curriculum!

  7. 5 out of 5


    I am extremely happy with the training that I received at CareerSmart. The instructors were uniquely different and brought their experiences to the classroom. I would recommend this class to my colleagues.

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