Resources For LTC Professionals

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Improve your knowledge base for your current role, or take the next step in your long term care career. AHCA/NCAL offers a number of training materials and connects you with leading organizations to develop your skills. Click on a section below to view available resources.


How to Be a Nurse Assistant

AHCA's How to Be a Nurse Assistant prepares students to pass the certification exam and enter the workforce as the most highly-qualified CNAs in the field. The curriculum allows you to choose the format that works best for you by offering a range of print, online, and media resources, including a student textbook, companion online and print student workbooks, an online instructor’s manual with downloadable and printable materials, and a skills DVD.  
To How to Be a Nurse Assistant curriculum is also available as a hybrid program, offering flexibility, quality, and convenience through a blend of online coursework and in-person clinical and skills training. Developed in partnership with Academic Platforms, it incorporates professional instructors for online and in-person clinical training and provides practice tests, study guides, and quizzes, fully preparing students to become certified CNAs.


 Develop New Skills

State Affiliate Training Programs

Some AHCA/NCAL State Affiliates offer training and certification programs, which can help you advance your career in coordination with your state’s specific requirements. Check with your local state affiliate to see what might be available.

National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB)

NAB is the nation’s leading authority on licensing, credentialing, and regulating administrators of organizations along the continuum of long term care.

Gero Nurse Prep

Gero Nurse Prep is an online training course designed to prepare RNs who care for elders to attain board certification in Gerontological Nursing (RN-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This course equips RNs with a broad array of clinical knowledge, skills and competencies that are tested on the ANCC certification exam and essential for quality gerontological nursing practice and leadership of elder care teams. 

Infection Prevention Control Specialist (IPCO) Training

This AHCA/NCAL course provides specialized training for healthcare professionals who seek to serve as Infection Preventionists--a training requirement as part of the CMS Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities. Individuals are specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program at their skilled nursing center or assisted living community.

Assisted Living Nurse Specialty Certification

This is an online certification exam that tests knowledge of care for older adults in Assisted Living Facilities. Upon successful completion of the exam, the letters C-AL may be affixed after your name to indicate successful completion of the AALNA Certification Examination for Assisted Living Nurses.

CARES® Online Dementia Care Training, Certification and Professional Credentialing

AHCA/NCAL supports and CMS recommends the CARES® online person-centered dementia training program. CARES® is a series of online video-based dementia care training programs accessible 24/7 and can be completed individually, in small groups or in a classroom-style setting. AHCA/NCAL members receive a 15% discount on all orders. Use promo code AHCA15 when registering.

Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ® Individual Certification

For both professional care providers and family members of a person living with dementia, the essentiALZ exam tests knowledge of evidence-based dementia care practices that are promoted in the nationally-recognized Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations.

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LTC Career Center

The LTC Career Center​ was created by AHCA/NCAL to connect long term care employers and top talent in all LTC disciplines through its on-line job board network. Get access to thousands of career opportunities from quality employers. The LTC Career Center is free to all job seekers.

Care for the Aging

Discover a career with purpose. CareForTheAging is an information CareForTheAging is an informational resource to shed a light on the wide range of career opportunities available in the long term care profession and inspire those who are looking for a new career opportunity to become a part of this rapidly growing and exceptionally rewarding field.

ConnectToCareJobs is a free, national website that provides individuals looking for jobs with an easy way to connect with potential employers. The tool uses a matching algorithm to pair licensed and/or trained workers with healthcare facilities that are in need of their specific skills.