Adult Family Home Administrator Program

The AFH Administrator Training (Orientation and AFH 54-hour class) are mandatory classes required by DSHS for providers who wish to apply for a license to open an Adult Family Home and must be successfully taken prior to applying for a license. (See Washington Administrative Code [WAC] 388-76-10060).

AFH program

AFH Administration Training 

The Administrator Training is a 54-hour non-credit in-class program that is held on the North Seattle College campus. All training materials are provided. Each student receives a certificate upon successful completion of the course, and this certificate has no expiration date. For those who are currently AFH resident managers, this course is strongly suggested, but not required by DSHS.

Examples of Topics Covered

- Instruction on the inspection processes required for licensing
- Aspects of what is needed to run a business: for example, readiness, feasibility, marketing and finance
- Laws and regulations relating to staffing, residents rights, assessments, medication administration, recreational activities, nutrition, building inspection and the initial inspection

Prerequisite: Show transcripts showing college-level English or take the English-only section of the CASAS test. For those planning to take the test, you can familiarize yourself with the format here. The test can be taking through the North Seattle College Testing Center with a $40 fee.

Note: Because the Testing Center is currently closed, students who need to show proof of English proficiency will need to take an online assessment. You can pay the $35 fee online and then you will be given access to the test. You will be sent the login information to start the test online and will have 2 hours to complete the test.

For more information, please e-mail or call (206)-934-3619. Hours for support are Monday-Friday, 10am - 1pm.

Online training is temporarily being offered due to COVID-19.

Upcoming Training Dates*

Winter 2021 (Meeting Online Due to COVID-19)

Fridays and Saturdays, 9:00am to 4:30pm, January 8 through January 30

Sundays, 9:00am to 4:30pm, February 2 through March 28

Fridays and Saturdays, 9:00am to 4:30pm, March 5 through March 27

*Dates and times may be subject to change

Our Instructors

All of our instructors are current AFH providers and active members of the Adult Family Home Council (AFHC). Current instructors are James Putnam and Dorothy Schlimme. 

Please do not contact OCE&E Educational Services for information about this class.

Orientation Class

Continuing Education offers a one-day orientation class that is strongly advised before deciding to enroll in the Adult Family Home Administration Class. You will find information about the orientation class here. Both classes are required for licensing.