As you know, RCFE stands for Residential Care Center for the Elderly. So it makes sense for an RCFE administrator to be someone who runs such a facility. Yes, in a nutshell, that’s right, but there is more than that. To begin with, an RCFE administrator must be on-site with the board and the healthcare facility to oversee both the healthcare and management of the facility.
In California, each licensed residential care facility will assign a person to manage the site. That person must be certified by the state and is responsible for signing the required paperwork. It’s a serious job. It requires experience and training.
Multi-site companies or larger administrative and healthcare facilities will also have RCFE assistant administrators. Today in CA, they earn over $ 75,000 a year plus benefits. Facility executive directors often earn more than $ 100,000 per year.
Getting RCFE Administrator certified is pretty easy. First, you need a high school diploma or GED. You must be 21 or older. You are required by the state of California to take a certification course. Expect 80 hours of intensive classroom instruction. Then you have to pay for and pass the California State RCFE Administrator test, there are 100 questions, but luckily it is an open book test. This is a timed certification test, so you should still know the material.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a college or master’s degree to earn an RCFE Administrator Certification. If you wanted to get a nursing home administrator license then you need the master’s degree. Residential care facilities for the elderly work according to a completely different set of guidelines and rules. They are not the same.
Why is an RCFE Administrator Certificate so coveted? Well, for a few reasons. The first is that there are nearly 8,000 facilities in California and that number is growing, so RCFE administrators are in high demand. So does RCFE assistant administrators, as there is a bit of consolidation in the executive and care facility industry, and each location there needs a person who specifically oversees the care and management of the facility.
Both Indeed and Glassdoor noted that job openings for RCFE admins have increased by double digits in the past three years alone. The forecast is a continuous demand for drivers for at least the next 10 years. Is it a tough job? It depends.
If your dream job is to get well paid for helping people, it won’t seem difficult. There is a lot of compliance, auditing and a little paperwork, along with the challenge of maintaining a safe, secure, and reputable residential care facility for the elderly. Not to mention a strong career path.