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Frequently Asked Questions
Assisted Living Facility Administrators-In-Training

1. What are the steps to obtain my license through an Administrator-in-Training (AIT) program?

One pathway to licensure as an Assisted Living Facility Administrator (ALFA) is to complete an Administrator-in-Training (AIT) program based upon your experience and education. Below is a summary of the process that you would follow for the AIT process:


Please note: the Preceptor can only have two approved trainees at one time


Note: You will not receive credit for any training hours prior to approval and registration as an AIT with the Board.

STEPS FOR LICENSURE: (Once your AIT program is complete and your reports have been approved by the Board)

Once the Board receives a passing score on the examination and all required documentation for licensure, a license will be issued to the applicant. Please note that the RC/AL examination has a limit of three (3) attempts per calendar year and the CORE examination has a limit of four (4) attempts per calendar year.

The Board must receive official passing scores from NAB for both examinations before a license can be issued.

2. What are the minimum educational requirements to start my AIT program?

You must complete at least 30 semester hours in an accredited college or university in any subject.

3. How are hours calculated based upon education?

Please review the Board’s Regulations and the Assisted Living Facility Administrators Education and Experience matrix available on the Board’s website.  

4. Do I need to receive Board approval prior to beginning the AIT program?

Yes, Board approval is required before any program hours can be counted toward licensure.

5. How do I find a Preceptor?

The Board offers a list of licensed Preceptors who volunteered to list their information in a public directory and who may be available to provide training. Please note that the Preceptor may have reasons for not being able to precept during the time you are requesting.

You may also use the DHP License Lookup feature online to search by occupation or area.

6. What is the Board’s processing time for applications?

Applications that are complete are reviewed within 30 days of the receipt of all required documentation. All applications are reviewed in the order in which they were received. Board staff will contact the applicant by email with any questions or concerns regarding the documentation submitted.

7. If I have past convictions, what documentation will I need to submit to the Board?

You will need to attach your original criminal history record, a certified copy of any final order, decree, or case decision by a court or regulatory agency with lawful authority to issue such order, decree, or case decision, and any other information you wish to be considered with your application (i.e. information on the status of incarceration, parole, or probation, reference letters documentation of rehabilitation, etc.).

8. How do I document my completed hours?

For each month, you should complete the monthly report that documents your hours, shifts, activities, and learning experiences.  At the completion of your hours, you should submit the original signed Completion of Assisted Living Facility Administrator-in-Training form for the Board’s consideration once all training hours are complete.

Note: You will not receive credit for any training hours prior to approval and registration as an AIT with the Board.

9. How often do I need to submit my reports to the Board?

Monthly reports of completed hours should be submitted to the Board with original signatures for consideration within 30 days following the completion of the program.

10. How do I find the status of my application?

You may access the online application website to view your checklist and track the progress of your application, as well as print any additional instructions and/or forms provided by the Board. If you need assistance accessing the site, you may contact the DHP Call Center at (804) 367-4444. Once you have successfully logged in, please click the “View Checklist” link located next to your licensure type under “Pending Licenses” on the “Welcome” page. At the bottom of the Checklist Information Page, you can view the Checklist (License Requirements) that the Board utilizes as they process your application. This checklist allows you to track the progress of your application. 

11. How do I change my Preceptor or Training Facility?

You will need to submit a Notice of Change of Status or Discontinuance form to the Board for processing. The Board will notify you once this information has been processed.

You will not receive credit for training hours under a resumed AIT program until your new preceptor or training facility have been approved by the Board.  

12. What kind of training facility do I need to work in?

Training in an ALF AIT program or for an internship shall be conducted only in: 1.) An assisted living facility or unit licensed by the Virginia Board of Social Services or by a similar licensing body in another jurisdiction; 2.) An assisted living facility owned or operated by an agency of any city, county, or the Commonwealth or of the United States government; or 3.) An assisted living unit located in and operated by a licensed hospital as defined in §32.1-123 of the Code of Virginia, a state-operated hospital, or a hospital licensed in another jurisdiction.

13. How long does it take to complete my AIT program?

Once the Board approves an AIT to begin their training program, hours must be completed in no more than 24 months from the date of approval, unless an extension has been approved by the Board.

14. What shifts do I need to work during my AIT program?

An ALF AIT shall be required to serve weekday, evening, night and weekend shifts and to receive training in all areas of an assisted living facility operation.

15. How many trainees can my Preceptor supervise?

A Preceptor may supervise no more than two AIT's at any one time.

16. What if my AIT program is interrupted or terminated?

If the program is interrupted because the registered preceptor is unable to serve, the trainee shall notify the board within 10 working days and shall obtain a new preceptor who is registered with the board within 60 days.

Credit for training shall resume when a new preceptor is obtained and approved by the board.
If an alternate training plan is developed, it shall be submitted to the board for approval before the trainee resumes training.

If the training program is terminated prior to completion, the trainee and the preceptor shall each submit a written explanation of the causes of program termination to the board within 10 business days. The preceptor shall also submit all required monthly progress reports completed prior to termination within 10 business days.

To notify the Board of the interruption or termination of the AIT program, please submit the original signed Notice of Change of Status or Discontinuance form, with an updated Domains of Practice form detailing the number of hours left to complete, to the Board for processing.

17. What is an Acting Administrator-in-Training?

 An Acting AIT is an AIT who has also assumed the responsibility as the acting administrator in a facility at the same time they are completing their AIT program.  A facility may name an acting administrator following circumstances such as the death, resignation, or discharge of a previous administrator of record. Where the acting administrator intends to become the licensed administrator, an AIT program is required prior to an application for licensure.  To serve as the Acting AIT during this time period, the Board requires the following application. Please also review Virginia Code §54.1-3103.1.

18. Does the Board have any guidance on the completion of monthly reports?

Monthly reports should be submitted to the Board with original signatures. Submitting copies or emailed/faxed versions of any form will delay the approval process.
Some AITs have questions related to the monthly form questions 1-4. The Board offers the following suggestions:

Please be as complete as possible in your responses.  Leaving a blank or omitting a response to any of the questions could result in additional information being requested by the Board.