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

(13 customer reviews)


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Class Materials (not required for class)

If you would like to have the physical copies of The CareerSmart RCFE Resources Book & The Title 22 Regulations Book shipped* to your address, please choose the option below:
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All class materials are included:

  • The CareerSmart RCFE Resources Book (Digital copy)
  • The Title 22 Regulations Book (Digital copy)
  • FREE Online Practice Test included* – $59.00 value!
    *Learners will be enrolled in practice test on Day 6 of live training.

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. State regulations typically require that 60 of the 80 Initial Training hours be taken in a Live Classroom setting. However, due to COVID-19, CCLD has set forth a statewide waiver that approves vendors to “live stream” the live classroom portion of the Initial Certification Training through December 31, 2021. CareerSmart® offers a convenient program that includes 20 online hours and 60 hours of live webinar instruction via Zoom so that the complete 80-hr training can be completed from home or anywhere you have internet access. (Cameras are not required.) Once you have selected and registered for your preferred live webinar dates for the “live classroom” portion of the training, you will automatically be enrolled in the 20 online hours of the training, which are online modules you can begin taking immediately. The online portion of the training can be taken at any time prior to completion of the full 80-hour program, but we encourage students to complete them before starting the 60-hour live webinar portion 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.  However, by offering 20 of the hours as online modules, you have the flexibility to complete a portion of the training at any time. Please visit our FAQ page for more information and troubleshooting tips for our Live Webinar Classes.

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, from any location with internet access.
  • 60 hours are in a live webinar setting
  • Free digital materials, including Health and Safety Code & Title 22 Regulations
  • Classes are taught by credentialed, engaging instructors, including former Licensing Program staff from CCLD who possess expertise in the RCFE program, providing insider perspectives on enhancing facility compliance, as well as experienced Administrators/Executive Directors, nurses and dementia specialists.
  • Online practice test to help ensure success on the State exam.

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 License?

Individuals who possess a current Nursing Home Administrator license, issued by the California Department of Public Health, 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.

How do I complete the online portion of the 80 hour program?

Watch the video below for instructions on accessing the online portion.

What is your refund/make-up policy?

Cancellations or transfers by learner are accepted up to ten (10) days preceding a live event’s scheduled start time/date, Pacific Standard Time (PST). All cancellations made earlier than ten (10) days preceding a live event will be entitled to a refund of registration fees, minus a 10% non-refundable processing fee. The refund amount will be issued within 30 days of cancellation. No refunds will be provided for event cancellations made by learners less than ten (10) days prior to the event.

  • Cancellations by learner are not accepted less than ten (10) days prior to the live event’s scheduled start time/date, Pacific Standard Time (PST). However, you may still transfer your purchase to another program or learner if at least 24-hour advance notice prior to the class date is provided. All transfers made less than ten (10) days prior to the event are subject to a $75 transfer fee for Initial Certification Programs and a $25 transfer fee for live CEU classes.
  • No refunds or transfer options will be provided for learners who do not show; learner will need to pay the full amount to attend another class date/session. No refunds will be provided to learners enrolled in a program with both live classroom and online components if the learner has started the online or live component. Orders over 60 days from purchase are not eligible for refunds.

For cancellations by CareerSmart® Learning, learners will be notified at least 24 hours (PST) in advance of the event start time/date. Learners may transfer their registration to another class date, or will be entitled to a full refund, which will be issued within 30 days of the cancellation date.

Learners who have enrolled in a routine or regularly scheduled Initial Certification Training Program and are more than 15-minutes late to class or are unable to attend a portion of the program, may be allowed to make-up the day(s) missed within a 6-month period, subject to availability, and subject to a $75 make-up fee per day missed.

Learners who are late to a live CEU class totaling more than 15-minutes of any topic of the class will not receive credit for that topic but may choose to stay and attend the remaining topics. Course credit will only be provided for course topics attended in full; there are no exceptions.

Paperback copies of course materials are non-refundable.

If you have additional questions about our refund/make-up policy or need to reschedule a live class date, please contact us.

Disclaimer: Webinar dates are subject to change, depending on student enrollment.  Any date change will be communicated to those registered in advance. Webinar classes are subject to change to live, in-classroom training at the discretion of state requirements regarding COVID-19. CCLD has set forth a statewide waiver with PIN 20-28-CCLD that approves vendors to “live stream” the Live Classroom portion of the Initial Certification Training program during the current State of Emergency.

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

  1. Christina Alvarado

    The classes were long but so informative and the days went by so quickly. The instructors were fun, interactive and full of personal stories that helped me retain the information for the tests, I passed the practice test on the last day and I am excited to pass the RCFE test when I take it. After the classes they continued to reach out with help on how to apply and to make sure you were within the deadlines. I will use Career Smart every time!

  2. Peter V Babaian

    Perfect online classes. I am extremely happy with the training that I received at CareerSmart. I have recommend this class to my colleagues.

  3. O.T.

    Truly an informative course! Not only did I learn alot about elderly care, but I actually enjoyed it, and I was not expecting that…

  4. Amish Munshi

    One of the best trainings I have ever attended. I can recommend this training to anyone considering getting started with assisted living residential care facility.

  5. Terry Garay

    Career Smart was a smart career investment for me! I passed the RCFE test on my first try, and I am now on a new path thanks to the classes. It wasn’t easy. The days are loooong, and there is a lot to learn. Still, somehow, the instructors made it fun and kept us focused. I will be returning for my continuing education.

  6. Joshua Tevanian

    My father and I completed the RCFE classes over 2 weekends at the end of 2018. I enjoyed the dynamic of the class, especially having a few different instructors. This allowed me to gain a wholesome perspective while also offering beneficial expertise that stemmed from the varying experience of the instructors. Both my father and I have passed our RCFE admin state exams and are now working towards licensing our first facility. Thank you CareerSmart!

  7. Jackie Lleverino

    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.

  8. Archida Korat

    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!

  9. Bobbie S.

    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!

  10. Phong Ho

    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 !

  11. Steve Lawyer

    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………

  12. Noemi Pendleton, MBA (Former Hawaii State Director, Executive Office on Aging)

    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/

  13. Cynthia White

    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!

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Class Schedule for Virtual Class

Dates Location Topics Hours Price
September 16-17, 23-24, & September 30-October 1, 2021 Zoom Virtual Classroom URL 8:00am-6:30pm $559
October 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 2021 Zoom Virtual Classroom URL 8:00am-6:30pm $559

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