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Requirements for Assisted Living Director Licensure

Those who meet the following requirements are eligible to apply for Legacy licensure for Assisted Living Director.  Assisted Living Director means a person who administers, manages, supervises, or is in general administrative charge of an assisted living facility, whether or not the individual has an ownership interest in the facility, and whether or not the person's functions or duties are shared with one or more individuals and who is licensed by the Board of Executives for Long Term Services and Supports pursuant to section 144A.20.
Only an individual who is qualified as a licensed assisted living director and who holds a valid license for the current licensure period may use the title "Licensed Assisted Living Director" and the abbreviation "L.A.L.D." after the individual's name. (6400.7000)
Minnesota Statutes directed Five Legacy licensure application Pathways (grandparenting) for current practitioners. This provision will end at 11:59 PM on June 30, 2021. Applications for traditional ALD and ALDIR will open when available. All fees paid are non-refundable. 
Applications for Assisted Living Director (Non-Legacy Pathway)
In order to be qualified to serve as an assisted living director, an individual must have completed an approved training course and passed an examination approved by the board that is designed to test for competence and that includes assisted living facility laws in Minnesota. 
Assisted Living Director-in-Residence (ALDIR)
ALDIR is designed to allow individuals who are currently serving as Director and do not qualify under a Legacy Pathway an opportunity to apply for licensure and complete their education and experience while working in an assisted living setting as a Director under supervision/mentorship for up to a year as they complete their licensure requirements.

Legacy Licensure Pathways for Assisted Living Directors

Legacy or Grandfather Assisted Living License Applications are LIVE ONLINE.  Please continue.

NON-Legacy applicants -  For potential applicants who do not qualify for one of the five grandfathering pathways - please wait until AFTER June 1 to submit a NEW Assisted Living Director or Assisted Living Director in Residence application.

Individuals who qualify for licensure under one of the below-outlined pathways 
must apply no later than June 30, 2021. Individuals who do not qualify under one of the below Legacy pathways must meet the new ALD requirements. Application for ALD licensure will be posted as soon as it is developed.  Application materials will only be accepted after an online application is submitted. 

Before you apply, make sure you read and understand Licensure Rules 6400.7000 to 6400.7095 and Department of Health Rules 144G.08,and 4659.0010-0210.

Minnesota Statutes directed Five Legacy Pathways (grandparenting) for current practitioners – Must apply by June 30, 2021.   

Apply for Licensure - Assisted Living Director (ALD) & Assisted Living Director in Residence (ALDIR)

All health care professional licenses indicate that a credential holder has met the minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities of an entry-level practitioner.  The legislature establishes those minimums in statute and rules are created by the assigned agency to provide greater detail to the law’s framework. An RN, MD, Social Worker, Alcohol Drug Counselor (13 other professions in Minnesota) have met the minimum education and prior experience requirements to obtain a professional individual license.  The ongoing practice standards are established by the Professional Practice Analysis of NAB every five years to assure a contemporary community standard developed from a practitioner perspective.  

An Assisted Living Director is the person who is “in charge” of the assisted living for the purpose of supervision and management. There must be one designed LALD as the Director of Record of each Minnesota Assisted Living facility.  This person does not need to be an owner of the facility. 
The Department of Health has very specific guidelines for providers transitioning to Assisted Living Director Licensure (LALD).  For questions regarding whether you are required to apply for licensure, please visit the Department of Health Website:
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