Exam Requirements - Assisted Living Director
NAB Core and Residential Care/Assisted Living Line of Service Exams
You must be a Minnesota ALD or ALDIR applicant to apply through NAB for the Core and RC/AL Exams. These exams are approved by the Board in conjunction with your ALD/ALDIR application. Visit www.nabweb.org to view the requirements for the completion of the RCAL exam. 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.
Licensure and certification candidates must pass both sections of a two-part component examination. The first component consists of a 110-item Core of Knowledge Examination for Long Term Care Administrators (CORE) (100 scored items plus 10 unscored pretest items). The second component is an appropriate line of service exam (LOS exam) of 55 items (50 scored items plus 5 pretest items). NAB offers three LOS exams: NHA, RC/AL, and HCBS. Candidates may either take both components (Combo: CORE + LOS) in one three-hour appointment or take each component individually. Check with your state board about concurrent scheduling requirements. Candidates who are successful on one component of the exam and not the other will be required to retake only the failed portion. Separate scores will be reported to state licensing boards and agencies for each component.
NAB National Core of Knowledge Exam for Long Term Care Administrators (CORE) (110 questions)
The purpose of the CORE entry-level competency examination is to protect the public by ensuring that entry-level administrators and executive directors have mastered the foundation of skills and knowledge for all long-term care lines of service while demonstrating the skills and abilities essential to competent practice within the profession. First-time candidates are encouraged to schedule their CORE and Line of Service (LOS) exams concurrently to obtain discounted pricing when purchased together. As some states may mandate concurrent scheduling, please check with your state board regarding concurrent scheduling requirements.
NAB National Residential Care/Assisted Living Administrators Line of Service Examination Program (RC/AL) (55 questions)
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. This fee is in addition to your application and background check fees.
Minnesota State Exam
The Minnesota LALD State Exam is currently being developed. The BELTSS office is working on getting state exams available in an online format so applicants can take the exam remotely if proctored. More information will be accessible here when it is available.