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.

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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 orientation information

All program participants who wish to practice must attend the DPW orientation is needed in addition to the 100 hours of classes.

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.

Please contact DPW for dates, times, and locations. You can contact them via phone at (412) 565-2232.

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. 

Two methods to pay

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.  An 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. CPR and First Aid training cards are due the first night of class. Please note that online training is not acceptable; your classes in these two areas must be live.


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.

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.

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.

For more information contact Continuing Education 412-675-9017 or