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07th February 2019

What qualifications are required to become a Register Manager in a Care Home?

Hi Sheila, I have a RGN qualification and a Level 5 in Management and Development, also a Level 4 teaching qualification. Can I become a Registered Manager with these qualifications?


Dear M,


Thank you for your question.


The straightforward answer is yes. You have the ideal qualifications!


The regulation to become a Registered Manager requires the following:


A person (M) shall not manage the carrying on of a regulated activity as a registered manager unless M is fit to do so.


M is not fit to be a registered manager in respect of a regulated activity unless M is—


of good character,


has the necessary qualifications, competence, skills and experience to manage the carrying on of the regulated activity,


able by reason of M's health, after reasonable adjustments are made, of doing so, and


able to supply to the Commission, or arrange for the availability of, the information relating to themselves specified in Schedule 3.


In assessing an individual's character for the purposes of paragraph (2)(a), the matters considered must include those listed in Part 2 of Schedule 4.


You will see that experience is also mentioned in the regulation but I am anticipating that you will have had experience working in a senior position in health or Social Care.


You will also have to have an up to date DBS completed by CQC and to have an interview.


I hope this is helpful.


With best wishes.



*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

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