Residential Care/Assisted Living Administrator Course

Welcome to the Idaho Health Care Association Residential Care/Assisted Living Administrator Course.

This course is designed to assist future administrators of assisted living who will take the Idaho administrators licensing examination. Completing an approved course and passing the examination are required in order to receive an administrator’s license in Idaho. More importantly, the course provides a comprehensive overview of the responsibilities of an assisted living administrator and the skills necessary to be an excellent facility administrator.

The cost of this course is $350 for members and $650 for non-members.

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Members: to receive the discounted price, please contact the IHCA office for the discount code.

Each applicant for an AL administrator license will be required to meet an experience requirement which is based on their education.

NO REFUNDS will be issued after you purchase the course

For all the requirements to obtain licensure, go to the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licensure 

What You Will Learn From This Course
The IHCA Administrator Course introduces future assisted living administrators to five domains of practice:

  • Financial Management
  • Organizational and Leadership Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Resident Care Management
  • Physical Environment Management

Integrated within the modules are the Idaho rules that govern assisted living and how to locate them. Other information will help provide ideas for management and methods for continuous improvement in care administration.

How the Course Is Organized 
After this introduction, you will be asked to print out one module at a time which are attached as PDF documents. Some of the longer modules are broken up into several different PDFs. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it from the Adobe website .

This course is a self study, online course. Throughout each module you will find major learning objectives that are intended for you to master. The information in the course should help you to meet the objective.

There is an opportunity for applicants to provide feedback to IHCA regarding both the usability and the content of this online curriculum. Please do so by clicking on the “Feedback” link located in the left sidebar of the course website.

In addition, a quiz is included at the end of each module or segment. The questions do not cover each facet of the module, but will give the learner an indication of his/her level of knowledge and understanding of the content. The quiz behind each module/segment must be passed by at least 80% before you can move ahead to the next module.

All of the questions come directly from this course or from the rules. Only some laws and rules are spelled out in this curriculum. When instructed to do so, you should follow the link to a specific section of the statutes or rules. It is a good idea to print out all of the laws and rules for future reference.

Course Completion Quiz
There is a comprehensive quiz at the end of this course.  You must pass this by 80% as well. Upon successful completion of the Module 1 – 6 quizzes and the Course Completion quiz, you will be able to print a Certificate of Completion from IHCA.

A copy of the Certificate of Completion needs to be submitted to the Bureau of Occupational Licensure.  Once all Bureau of Occupational Licensure requirements have been completed, you will then be allowed to take one of the licensure exams.

There are presently two exams to choose from, the Headmasters or the NAB exam.
You do NOT need to take both.

The Headmasters Exam
The Headmasters exam costs $100. The questions in this exam come directly from this curriculum and from the Idaho Statutes and Rules. The exam is 100 questions in length.

It is an online exam which can be taken any place and any time as agreed upon by an approved proctor and the applicant.

The passing score is 80%. It is anticipated that more than 75% of applicants, who complete this course and study the rules, will pass this exam.

The NAB Exam 
The NAB has an examination fee of $260 and a processing fee of $75. Passing the NAB exam may help you obtain a license in another state in the future. This exam is 150 questions in length and covers all five domains, but does NOT include Idaho Rules and Regulations. The passing score is 70% and more than 50% of Idaho applicants fail this exam.

NAB sells a study guide for $125 to prepare for this exam. The study guide is not an approved “course” and is not a very thorough preparation for a lengthy exam, but is of some help. This exam can be taken any time between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, but at only two locations in the state.

Prepare for The NAB –

We encourage all students to take the Headmasters exam. Not only is the cost of the Headmasters exam more affordable than the NAB, its online format is very similar to the online format of the Residential Care Administrator course.

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To begin this course click here.

Assisted Living Administrator and Nurses Course.

IHCA offers an additional in-person training to help you prepare for the Headmasters Licensing Exam.  This course  is a three-day classroom course that will help prepare prospective administrators to successfully pass the Headmasters exam.  This course may NOT be taken in lieu of a required course for licensure.  It is meant to be a supplement to the required course..   To learn more about upcoming training dates, please view the Schedule of Events page by clicking here.