NARA Licensing Curriculum


The National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) is pleased to present for purchase the 2000 Edition of the NARA Licensing Curriculum. NARA, founded in 1976, is an international organization whose mission is “Consumer protection through prevention.” NARA’s members include individuals and organizations from the United States and Canada who are dedicated to promoting excellence in human care regulation and licensing through leadership, education, collaboration and services. NARA members represent part-day and residential licensing from the fields of child care, child welfare, adult care, assisted living, drug and alcohol and disability licensing.

The 2000 Edition of the NARA Licensing Curriculum has been updated in content and appearance but remains true to the purposes and goals NARA established in 1986 when work began on the original edition:

  • To preserve and organize the seminal literature and concepts developed by leading theorists and practitioners in human care facility licensing
  • To deliver a body of accumulated knowledge about the theory and practice of human care licensing to NARA members, licensing professionals and colleagues in allied professions
  • To assist licensing agencies with orientation and basic training to prepare new staff for the rigors and responsibilities of the profession
  • To promote public understanding of human care licensing fundamentals and the role that licensing plays in protecting consumers, families and providers.

The 2000 Edition contains 12 chapters on licensing fundamentals for line, managerial, provider support and policy development professionals. Unlike the original edition, which contained 10 chapters in trainer-support format, the 2000 Edition is designed for direct consumption by readers.

NARA also offers training on the material to help licensing agencies integrate and consolidate the many concepts introduced in the chapters. It is not enough to read and understand the principles in isolation and in the abstract. A licensor must be able to weave the principles into a coherent response in the dynamic context of unique situations encountered in daily practice.