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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment | Health Facilities

Assisted Living Residences: 30-Hour Administrator Training

All assisted living administrators must meet minimum requirements for education, training and experience, as set forth in the state licensing regulations governing Assisted Living Residences (6CCR,Chapter VII, Sections 1.103 (8) and 1.104 (2) (b) ).

To meet these minimum standards, administrators must:

(1) Complete a 30-hour training program approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.


(2) Provide proof that you have successfully completed workshops, in-services, or seminars equivalent to 30 hours of training. Fifteen (15) hours of this training must include training in residents’ rights, environment and fire safety, emergency procedures and first aid, assessment skills, identifying and dealing with difficult situations and behaviors, and nutrition.

The other 15 hours of training focuses on meeting the personal, social and emotional needs of the resident population served (for example, the elderly, Alzheimer’s, or the severely and persistently mentally ill) and could include medication management, management of residents finances, oxygen, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s, legal and ethical issues, activity planning, care planning, confidentiality, end-of-life care, mental illness, utilizing community resources.


(3) A combination of 1 and 2 - Due to the passage of HB12-1294 during the 2012 Colorado legislative session,and resultant changes in how we do business, there are now only limited circumstances in which the Department may consider waiving only the 15 hours of electives. Electives must be in topics pertinent to the physical, social and emotional needs of the population. served, i.e. diabetic management, dementia, bipolar disorder, age appropriate activities.


Please note that completion of a state approved medication administration training course cannot be applied toward the 30-hour training requirements.

The following documents must be submitted for such consideration:

  • A cover letter detailing your request to waive the 15 hours of elective coursework, including a list of the courses on which you’re basing your waiver request and contact information.
  • A transcript or training certificate, plus a detailed syllabus or published written description for each course that you are asking to substitute for the 15 hours or electives, including the number of hours.
  • Current resume with detailed work history, including job duties.
  • Copies of any applicable professional licenses (note you must be in good standing with the respective licensing board), e.g., nursing, physical or occupational therapy, social work, certified nursing assistant.


This information will be reviewed by the division, and the administrator will receive a notification in the mail. If, (based on the attestation), the administrator does not meet the requirements, the administrator will be contacted for additional information. The administrator may be required to submit additional evidence or may be required to take additional training.

Acceptable forms of photo identification are a current Colorado driver's license; a current Colorado non-driver identification card; a current US federal, state or local government-issued identification (including military); a current tribal enrollment card with photo or other form of tribal identification; a current passport; or a current university or school identification.


You are responsible for notifying the Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division of changes in administration of your facility to ensure that our records are current and that there is always an individual employed by the facility who meets these training requirements. (6CCR 1011-1, Chapter II, Section 2.4)

The following organizations, listed alphabetically, offer the 30-hour Administrator Training program. Please contact them directly for their class schedules, fee schedules and list of elective classes.


LeadingAge Colorado
303 E. 17th Ave, Ste 502
Denver, Colorado 80203
Contact: Sarah McVeigh
Phone: 303-837-8834
Email: sarah@leadingagecolorado.org


Colorado Gerontological Society
3006 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80206
Contact: Eileen Doherty
Phone: 303-333-3482
Email: cogs@senioranswers.org


Consulting and Education Unlimited
12166 Melody Drive, #201
Denver, CO 80234
Contact: Margaret Ray
Email: Margaret@meray.com