Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Long-Term Care Administrators
Petition 58
Petition Information
Petition Title Elimination of national examination
Date Filed 5/14/2008   
Petitioner Stuart Lovelace 
Petitioner's Request

To eliminate the requirement for a national examination for licensure of assisted living facility administrators and replace it with a state examinaton.

Agency's Plan

The request will be distributed to interested parties on the public participation list for the Board and published in the Register on June 23, 2008.  The Board will consider the request and any comment received at its next meeting, which is scheduled for October 28, 2008.

Comment Period Began 6/23/2008    Ended 7/23/2008
Agency Decision Take no action    
Response Date 10/28/2008
Agency Decision Summary

The Board voted to deny the petition and affirm its position that the test for Assisted Living/Residential Care given by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards is the necessary measure of competency for assisted living administrator licensure. Development of a Virginia-only competency exam would be extremely expensive and would result in much higher costs for applicants. The current examination test one's knowledge of the assisted living practice to ensure residents are receiving adequate care. Those who have taken the examination report that it does require some study and preparation but that it is an appropriate test for assisted living.