California’s Elder Care Facility Requirements


All states manage their senior care facilities a little bit differently. California’s term for these facilities is the Residential Care Facility for the Elderly, or RCFE. There are very specific rules and regulations that pertain to managing these facilities and changes occur fairly regularly so it’s important to keep informed.


You will need to take 80 hours of classes in order to get certified. You can take up to 20 hours of online classes, but the rest need to be taken in person. You also need to take a state examination and score at least 70% in order to pass successfully. Lastly, you will need to submit an application and fee to the state and a certification will be mailed to you.


Ongoing RCFE training is an integral component of being successful in this field. In addition to your initial certification classes, you will also need to complete continuing education classes on an annual basis. This is important because there are so many different regulations that can change from year to year and it’s important to stay up-to-date on legal requirements.

Regulation Changes

One example of a new change in RCFE regulations involves emergency plans and the Health and Safety Code Section 1569.695. Plans must now include disaster preparedness, identification of an assembly point, and a detailed emergency contact list.

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