26-Hour Assisted Living Facility Core Training Course


Approved By: State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration


The University of South Florida proudly offers this convenient, well-designed, online ALF Core Training course for prospective assisted living administrators or individuals interested in learning about assisted living.  Our course meets the requirements established in Florida Statute 429.52 and Florida Administrative Code 59A-36.011 and prepares you to pass the state core competency test to become an administrator.

Upon successful completion of this 26-hour course, you will receive a certificate of completion. If you want to become an administrator, you must then register to take the state core competency test  (the state registration fee is $200). Florida law requires you to complete both the core training and pass the competency test within 90 days of your employment as an administrator. The state testing schedule is limited, so plan your core training and testing schedule accordingly. To learn more about the state core competency test, testing schedule, and locations, please visit https://alfmacdonald-research.com/.

To learn about the Florida ALF Administrator requirements visit:   https://ahca.myflorida.com/health-care-policy-and-oversight/bureau-of-health-facility-regulation/assisted-living-unit/assisted-living-facility

Our course is exclusively online but provides regularly scheduled interactive discussion sessions to answer your questions. You may work at your own pace from anywhere and on almost any device to complete the 26-hour course. You can register for this course at any time and get started immediately. Once you register, this training course will be available to you for 90 days.

The course contains downloadable material for all required 11 modules and provides access to all required legislative and regulatory materials that govern the operations of Florida assisted living communities. Each unit also includes a Power Point presentation that summarizes the legislative and regulatory issues, contains vocabulary terms to learn, and includes knowledge checks that can be reviewed repeatedly. Video clips include interviews with AL staff and administrators who provide insights into assisted living communities. To progress to the next unit, students must pass a 10-item quiz with a minimum of 80%. Quizzes can be taken as many times as needed to reach the 80% standard. The quizzes really help to prepare you for passing the state competency test!

This Course Instructor is Dr. Lindsay Peterson, an approved Core Trainer (Provider registration number 1019000093).  She is a research associate professor in the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida and a expert on long-term care. The USF course assisted living materials have been vetted by an advisory board of assisted living experts with more than 100 years of experience. Lead Advisor is Susan Anderson, Esq., Director of Assisted Living Public Policy for LeadingAge Florida. Additional expert advisors include: JoAnn Nolin, J.D., Retired Professor, University of North Florida, Kevin O’Neill, MD, and Medical Director of Affinity Senior Living, Steve Strumpf, Affinity Senior Living, and Tyler Sununu, NHA, MPH, Director of Nursing Home Public Policy for LeadingAge Florida.

QUALIFICATIONS for ALF Administrator

  • 21 years of age
  • High school diploma or general equivalency diploma
  • Comply with Level II background screening requirements

Estimated time to complete this activity: 26 hours

*You must contact the course coordinator to request exception to the 90-day completion requirement. See Temporary suspension.  Temporary suspensions will be handled on a case-by-case basis.   Requests for reactivation from suspension will require a completion plan and a target completion date.  Failure to complete the course within this time frame in these circumstances may result in termination from the course.  To complete the course after termination will require re-enrollment and re-payment of the course fee.

Target Audience

This course is designed for nurses, LCSW/LMHC/LMFTs, prospective ALF administrators, and anyone interested in learning about assisted living.


To view the course learning objectives CLICK HERE.

Course Director

Lindsay Peterson PHD
Reasearch Assistant
Professor and Director
Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging
School of Aging Studies
University of South Florida


Provided by:

This activity has been certified for CE credit through September 30, 2024.

Florida Board of Nursing

USF Health (provider number 2970) is an approved provider of continuing education for nurses through Florida Board of Nursing.  This activity has been approved for 26 contact hours.

Florida Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors

USF Health is an approved provider of continuing education credits for clinical social work, marriage and family therapy, and mental health counseling.  This activity has been reviewed and approved for up to 26, 50-minute contact hours.  Licensee numbers are required prior to the issuance of certificates.

Florida Nursing Home Administrators

USF Health is an approved provider of continuing education credits for Nursing Home Administrators licensees by the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators.  This activity has been reviewed and approved for up to 26 contact hours.  Licensee numbers are required prior to the issuance of certificates.

Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators may place a limit on the number of credits that can be claimed for self-study.

LeadingAge Florida is the state’s leading advocate for high-quality senior living. We assist members in achieving excellence as providers, businesses, and employers. We also provide access to resources to enhance your organization, offer expert-led education, representation before the legislature, group purchasing services and opportunities to network with peers.

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All individuals in a position to influence content for this activity have disclosed to USF Health any financial relationship they have with an ineligible organization.  There are no relevant financial relationships to disclose or mitigate.


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Registration Fee: $235.00

Please be advised that once you enter your information and payment into the registration system, it may take up to 48 business hours (excluding weekends and holidays) for your registration to be processed. Please be sure you have entered a valid email address as the primary method for communication in this course is through email. Once your registration has been processed, you will receive an email with your user name, password and instructions for starting the course from the managing instructor.

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If you do not receive an email within 48 hours, please contact Rosa Diaz radiaz@usf.edu or 813-974-1102

USF Health OCPD reserves the right to cancel this activity due to unforeseen circumstances.

Cancellation Policy: A refund of the registration fee, less $50, can be processed if requested in writing within 10 days of registration.  After 10 days, no refund is available.  To request a refund, contact cpdsupport@usf.edu.


For issues related to registration or claiming credit please contact CPD Support at cpdsupport@usf.edu.  For questions about course content, please contact Rosa Diaz at radiaz@usf.edu.