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NARA National Regulatory Professional Credential (NRPC)

The National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) National Regulatory Professional Credential (NRPC) is designed to recognize the competencies required of a professional in the human care licensing field.

Please review the NARA NRPC Policy for full details on credentialing and renewal. 

NARA National Regulatory Professional Credential (NRPC) Requirements

  1. Complete the following courses from the NARA Curriculum, either online or face-to-face:
    • Introduction to Regulatory Enforcement;
    • Introduction to the Licensing Process, Investigation, and Evidence;
    • Balanced Use of Authority, Complaint Investigation, and Suppressing Illegal Operations; and 
    • History, Concepts, Ethics, and Rule-Making in Human Care Regulation.

    Register here for any or all of the four courses.

  2. Pass the NARA comprehensive exam with a minimum score of 75.

    Register here for the exam

    Retaking the comprehensive exam: 
    NARA Credential Exam 2nd Retake

    A candidate must wait 15 days after the first attempt and will be charged $25 to take the exam a second time.
     
    NARA Credential Exam 3rd Retake
    A candidate must wait 30 days after the second attempt and will be charged $50 to take the exam a third, and final time.
    If the candidate does not pass the comprehensive exam after the third attempt, he or she may petition for additional attempts. 
    • Petitions to re-test must be submitted in writing to the Executive Director and President of NARA, who will make the final decision. 
    • A fee of $75 will be assessed for subsequent attempts. 
  3. Submit a letter of recommendation from a supervisor confirming the candidate is in good standing and demonstrates key performance skills for his or her regulatory responsibilities.

  4. Submit a signed pledge to follow the NARA Code of Ethics

  5. Pay a non-refundable fee (pay upon registering for the courses or exam; NARA allows agencies to request an invoice for Purchase Orders at checkout)
    • $125 for NARA members
    • $210 for non NARA members, which includes a one-year individual membership 

Optional Distinction: 
Experienced Human Care Licensing Distinction: To receive this designation on the credential, the candidate must submit proof of at least two years of human care licensing experience. Applicable experience includes direct human care licensing, direct supervision of human care licensing staff or legal staff responsible for regulations.

Awarding the Credential

  • NARA will review all submitted items and notify the candidate of missing materials within 60 days of submission.
  • The candidate has 30 days from notification to submit any missing items.
  • Credential will be awarded to all candidates who meet all of the requirements.
  • Credential is valid for five years from the issuance date. 

National Regulatory Professional Credential (NRPC) - Renewal Requirements

Three months prior to the expiration of the NRPC, the Candidate must submit the following to NARA. (Please review section B.2 of the NARA NRPC Policy for full details).

  1. Documentation of 30 clock hours of education submitted to admin@naralicensing.org, completed within the past five years. 
    • Documentation must include: name of the education event, clock hours involved, name of trainer and agency, description of the content, and the date education event was completed.
    • Education can be obtained through NARA, classes or conferences related to human care licensing job functions, and/or education provided by the employing agency. It must relate to human care licensing and/or other professional skills.
  1. Submit a letter of recommendation from a supervisor confirming the candidate is in good standing and demonstrates key performance skills for his or her regulatory responsibilities, and attesting to the candidate’s completion of the 30 clock hours of education. If not directly employed in human care licensing, a letter of recommendation from an individual who can attest to the candidate’s demonstration of key regulatory performance skills may be submitted.

  2. Submit a signed pledge to follow the NARA Code of Ethics

  3. Payment of non-refundable fee (pay upon registering for the courses or exam; NARA allows agencies to request an invoice for Purchase Orders at checkout)
    • $105 for NARA members
    • $190 non NARA members, fee includes one-year membership

Optional Distinction:
Experienced Human Care Licensing Distinction: To receive this designation on the credential, the candidate must submit proof of at least two years of human care licensing experience. Applicable experience includes direct human care licensing, direct supervision of human care licensing staff or legal staff responsible for regulations.

Awarding the Re-Credential

If a candidate has allowed the credential to expire, he or she may renew the credential within six months of the expiration date by meeting all of the renewal requirements and paying a $20 non-refundable re-activation fee, in addition to the renewal fee outlined in the renewal requirements.  Failure to renew the credential within the six-month grace period will result in the candidate being required to earn the initial credential.