Personal care home (PCH) administrator training

Personal care home (PCH) administrator training

Penn State delivers continuing education for health care professionals who are preparing to become personal care home administrators and/or administrators and direct-care staff who must meet continuing education requirements.

This program addresses issues surrounding personal care homes as well as the responsibility to provide safe, humane, comfortable, and supportive residential settings for adults who don't require the services in or of a licensed, long-term care facility, but do require assistance or supervision with daily living activities and other physical and mental life skills.

All individuals who completed the 100-hour standardized department-approved administrator training course after January 31, 2009, must successfully complete the orientation program for new administrators and a competency test with a passing score in accordance with 55 Pa.Code § 2600.64(a)(3) (relating to administrator training and orientation). 

In addition, current administrators must complete at least 24 hours of training related to job duties. All direct-care staff must complete 12 hours of training.

You may register for the entire program for a total cost of $1,159, or you may choose to take classes as needed. These courses can be taken as part of the required 24-hour continuing education credits.

Penn State is an approved provider through the Department of Public Welfare under the Personal Care Homes Licensing Regulations as of April 23, 2005, published in 55 Pa. Code Chapter 2600 (35 Pa.B.2499).

DPW Information

Register for the September 23 Orientation.

PA Dept. of Public Welfare's PCHA Orientation training schedule:

This free 6 hour class that must be attended before, during, or after the 100-Hour Training and exam, and must be completed before you begin acting in the capacity of a Personal Care Home Administrator.  It is a very useful program. You must register for the program. There is no charge for the orientation. If you are interested please register-they do fill up.

Courses and Tuition

The Personal Home Care Administrator Training consists of 19 courses that vary in length from 2 to 9 hours. Tuition is $1159* and includes all course materials and the exam. 

Tuition: $1159*

*If you have valid CPR and First Aid Training certification cards you do not need to take the First Aid and CPR class offered.  Please note that on-line CPR or First Aid training is not accepted for this class*.  Your First Aid and CPR must be taken in a live class.

Payments can be made with Visa, MasterCard, money orders, cashier checks, or checks.

*CPR & First Aid Training card copies are due the first night of class.


The exam will be scheduled at the end of the series.

Who should attend?

Aspiring personal care home administrators, nurses, caregivers, and health care professionals can complete the State Department of Public Welfare’s 100-hour standardized training program at Penn State Greater Allegheny

Qualifications necessary to attend this program (must have one)

  • Associate degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university
  • License as a registered nurse from the Pennsylvania Department of State
  • License as a licensed practical nurse from the Pennsylvania Department of State & 1 year experience in a related field.
  • License as a nursing home administrator from the Pennsylvania Department of State.
  • For a home serving 8 or fewer residents, a general education development diploma or high school diploma and 2 years direct care or administrative experience in the human services field.

Courses in the PCHA 100-Hour Training

  • Fire Prevention and Emergency Preparedness- 4 hours
  • Medication Procedures, Medication Effects/Side Effects and Standard Precautions-7 hours
  • Personal Care Services and Personal Hygiene-9 hours
  • Local, State, and Federal Law and Regulations Pertaining to the Operation of a Home-2 hours
  • Nutrition, Food Handling and Sanitation-7 hours
  • Certification in CPR and Obstructed Airway Techniques and First Aid Training-7 hours**
  • Recreation-4 hours
  • Resident Rights-3 hours
  • Care for Residents with Mental Illness-9 hours
  • Care of Residents with Dementia, Cognitive Impairments and Other Special Needs-8 hours
  • Care for Residents Who Have Developmental Disabilities-2 hours
  • Gerontology-6 hours
  • Community Resources, Social Services and Activities in the Community-4 hours
  • Staff Supervision and Staff Person Training Including Developing Orientation and Training Guidelines for Staff-8 hours
  • Budgeting, Financial Record-keeping and Resident Records-4 hours

**Individuals who have a valid certification in Adult CPR are exempt from the required training hours to complete Adult CPR training.  Individuals who have a valid certification in First Aid are exempt from the required training hours to complete First Aid training. If an individual completes training receives the certification in less than the minimum number of required training hours they are exempt from the remaining number of hours to complete this section of the training requirements.  A individual wishing to use their certification in place of taking this course will need to show the valid certification(s) to Penn State staff and a copy will be kept on file.


Tentative dates for the 100-hour series:  October 10-22, 2016

For more information contact Continuing Education 412-675-9040 or