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Activity Leader Certification

Our 3-Day (24 CEU) Activity Leader certification course will prepare you or your RCFE staff to successfully lead an activity program that engages your residents and enriches their lives. Take advantage of this Activity Leader certificate course and propel yourself forward into the industry of Assisted Living. Students will receive information about California’s laws and regulations that govern residential facilities for the elderly and prepare learners with the foundation of the activity leaders role and responsibilities in a senior living environment. A solid foundation of social programming will enhance every opportunity that is coming your way. In 24 hours, you too, could become a member in the movement toward person centered services.

This course will help you stay in compliance with the activity staffing requirements in California RCFE regulation 87219 and provides an overview of key activity programming information.


  • Earn recertification hours
  • Hours completed from this course can be used towards the 40 hours of RCFE Administrator recertification
  • Receive your certification by attending all 3 days of class and pass the exam
  • Meet the state requirements for certification of residential care activity personnel
  • Enhance your training options for your caregiver staff

Additional Information:

  • All RCFE communities (no matter the size) have to provide activity programs
  • This program is designed specifically to align with the social model described for elderly residences in a RCFE community
  • No recertification required

Pricing: $325 for 3-days ($120 per day)

Hours: 8 AM – 4:45 PM daily
Approved for RCFE, RN, and LVN Credit. Not approved for Skilled Nursing Facilities, Intermediate Care Facilities, and Adult Health Care Facilities.

Module One:

8 hours - Laws and Regulations

On this day we will discuss the regulations specific to residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFE). Participants will explore how to respond to concerns from residents and family councils and how to develop an activity schedule based on preferences and routines of the residents that reside in the assisted living. Consideration for compliance, creating a successful plan for life engagement, marketing the community, and criminal-record requirements are included in the training program.


Module Two:

8 hours - Managing the Physical Environment

Module 2 will give you the resources to maximize the use of physical environment, community resources, and common areas for residents. Information on regulatory requirements and motor vehicle transport of residents during outings into the community will be presented. During this day, learners will explore ethical dilemmas during psychosocial programming through the lens of person-centered care. Grief, loss, and mental health issues will be discussed as these concerns impact the whole person’s well-being. The course engages the learner in the role and responsibility of the activity staff during emergency preparedness.


Module Three:

8 hours Psychosocial Needs of Elderly Persons

Module 3 will study the impact various physical conditions could have on the psychosocial well-being of older adults. A summary for safe food handling, food preparation, and food storage for sensitive seniors will be discussed. Basic services include the activity programming for all stages of life from temporary illness through end-of-life support. The lived experience of dementia is introduced for the learner to establish empathy and better demonstrate a compassionate relationship with the seniors.