Administrator-In-Training (AIT) Information

Virginia Requirements to become a Licensed Assisted Living Administrator

The Regulations Governing the Practice of Assisted Living Facility Administrators in the Commonwealth of Virginia are regulated by the Virginia Board of Long-Term Care Administrators. To be qualified for initial licensure as an assisted living facility administrator, an applicant shall hold a high school diploma or general education diploma (GED) and hold one the following qualifications as detailed in the Regulations.:
  • Administrator-in-training (AIT) program 
  • Certificate program
  • Degree and practical experience
Training in an ALF AIT program shall be under the supervision of a preceptor who is registered or recognized by Virginia or a similar licensing board in another jurisdiction. The Board of Long-Term Care Administrators maintains a listing of contact information for preceptors who have volunteered to have their information shared by the Board in a public directory. Below is a link to the online directory of preceptors. Please note that not all of the preceptors are available, as some may already be maxed out with the number of AITs to supervise at this time, and some may only be authorized by their employers to supervise AITs within their company. 

Link to the Virginia Directory of Preceptors as Voluntarily Authorized for Disclosure with the Virginia Board of Long-Term Care Administrators. (Downloads an Excel spreadsheet.)

The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) in partnership with the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) recognized a need within the industry for trained preceptors to develop future leaders in Long Term Care. A joint task force was formed to determine the resources needed to accomplish this goal. Volunteers from all aspects of the long term care industry worked together to form the NAB/ACHCA Administrator in Training manual as well as the four part digital Preceptor training course.

The AIT Program Manual is FREE and available to download. CLICK HERE to access the AIT Program Manual.

On-Line Preceptor Training Program 

The role of the preceptor is very important as Administrators-in-Training will become the leaders of tomorrow, and it is both our responsibility and our privilege to provide these new entrants the best start in a dynamic and challenging career. 

You can access these two training programs by visiting the NAB website.  

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Upcoming VALA Events

VALA is proud to offer upcoming events, webinars, and meetings for assisted living administrators, regional staff members, caregivers, nurses, and other staff members. Several of the events will offer a variety of continuing education credits dependent upon the topics (i.e. NAB, Nursing, Social Work). Check the VALA Events Calendar for upcoming opportunities.