RC/AL and HCBS Exams
The Health Services Executive and assisted living director (LALD) legislation was signed by Governor Tim Walz on May 29, 2019, will be effective July 1, 2021. Both licenses will be administered by the Minnesota Board of Executives for Long Term Care Services and Supports (BELTSS - name change will be effective July 1, 2020), which also licenses nursing home administrators.
At this time, the RC/AL and HCBS exams are voluntary, entry-level competency examinations for individuals who provide leadership in senior housing and home and community-based services.
The RC/AL line of service exam measures the entry-level knowledge of residential care/assisted living administrators. The RC/AL examination is required as a component of licensure requirements in several states. The purpose of the RC/ AL examination is to protect the public by ensuring that entry-level residential care/assisted living administrators have mastered a specific body of knowledge while demonstrating the skills and abilities essential to competent practice within the profession.
RC/AL (RC/AL+CORE) Exam fee is $400.00.
NAB National Home and Community Based Services Line of Service Examination Program (HCBS)
The HCBS line of service exam encompasses independent living, adult day, home, home health, palliative, and hospice care. The purpose of the HCBS examination is to protect the public by ensuring that entry-level home and community-based administrators have mastered a specific body of knowledge while demonstrating the skills and abilities essential to competent practice within the profession.
Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS+CORE) Exam fee is $400.00.
How Do I Apply to Take the RC/AL and/or the HCBS Exams?
You must be a Minnesota resident in order to have your application for the RC/AL Exam be approved by the Minnesota Board. Visit www.nabweb.org to view the requirements for the completion of the RCAL exam.
- Complete the Examination Application and pay the fee by credit card.
- Once approval is granted by the Minnesota board, authorization is officially emailed to you by PSI. PSI provides an authorization number and directions to schedule your exam.
Because states vary in requirements regarding education, experience, and examinations, candidates should contact the state board or agency which regulates the licensure of NHA, RC/AL and HCBS administrators in the state they wish to be licensed PRIOR to applying for the exam. Candidates can find a list of state board and agency contacts on NAB’s website at www.nabweb.org/ state-licensure-requirements. Candidates for the Health Services Executive (HSE) qualification should check the NAB website for requirements 6 and apply directly to NAB through NABVerify at www.nabweb.org prior to making an application to your state board or agency.