Ensuring Quality Care (EQC)
Easy registration Flexible learning Approved for all Oregon Counties
January-February 2023 EQC

Course is full and registration is closed. See the link below for our March-April course. ⁣

January Course is Full

Our January-February 2023 EQC course is full and currently has a large waitlist. Please click below to see our other options, including our March-April class and the self-paced course.

Full EQC Course: Essentials plus AFH Administration

EQC Essentials runs January 3rd - 23rd and Adult Foster Home (AFH) Administration runs February 3rd - 20th. The full EQC course is for future licensees/co-licensees and administrators.

  • Required for future licensees/co-licensees and administrators for homes licensed through the Aging & People with Disabilities (APD) program.

  • EQC Essentials is approximately 35 hours

  • Must pass EQC essentials exam to take AFH Administration

  • AFH Administration is approximately 18 additional hours

  • Must pass the AFH Administration exam with 80%

  • Students can have access to course materials and the online classroom for a limited time even after the course ends

EQC Essentials Only

EQC Essentials only runs January 6th - 23rd. For future resident managers and shift caregivers.

  • EQC Essentials only is required for all future resident managers and shift caregivers

  • Approximately 35 hours

  • Must pass a proctored exam with a score of at least 80%

  • Students can have access to course materials and the online classroom for a limited time even after the course ends

January-February Course Calendar

This is an intensive course that requires a commitment of 1.5-2 hours of work per day.

Your Success is Our Goal

  • Course Completion Rate

    89% of our students successfully complete the course the first time

  • State Exam Completion

    99% of students who successfully complete our course pass the State EQC exam the first time

  • Exam Score

    95% is the average score of our students on the State EQC exam

What our students are saying

Excellent Course

April 2021 EQC Essentials Student

Excellent course and excellent instructors.

Learned A Lot

April 2021 EQC Essentials Student

I learned a lot from [this course] and the instructors are nice, knowledgeable and easy to understand. Thank you very much for what you've taught to us.

A wonderful journey

February 2019 EQC Student

It has been a wonderful journey. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and helping me on this journey.

Great learning experience

April 2019 EQC Student

It was a great learning experience. I will definitely recommend for whoever is looking to take this class.

Your passion shows

Sept. 2019 EQC Student

I think you guys are great and really passionate about what you do and it shows.

Supportive Instructors

Sept. 2019 EQC Student

You did well on keeping me on track and assuring me when I felt I wouldn't get course completed. It helped to have the material to view at my pace.


February 2019 EQC Student

The course is great, the information, the techniques by teachers was easy to understand and motivating.

Keep it up!

June 2019 EQC Student

From the bottom of my heart, you guys did a wonderful job. Keep it up!

Meet Your Certified EQC Instructors

Lead Instructor

Alyssa Elting McGuire, MA, MPA

Alyssa's passion is helping adult care home staff connect their learning to real world experiences. Alyssa is the consulting and training director for Oregon Care Home Consulting & Training, which she founded in 2018. She is a former lead adult foster home licensor for Washington and Columbia Counties and spent eight years working in adult foster homes in both a regulatory and protective services capacity with the State of Oregon. Alyssa also worked as a program manager for the Alzheimer's Association Oregon & SW Washington Chapter, where she facilitated dementia training around the state. Alyssa holds a graduate degree in public administration & management from the University of Nebraska, and a graduate degree in educational leadership (adult education & training) from Portland State. Additionally, she has a gerontology-focused certificate of completion from the Univ. of Southern California. She is a State-certified Ensuring Quality Care (EQC) instructor.


Matthew Gannon

Matt is a communications coordinator & trainer with Oregon Care Home Consulting & Training. He has been a direct dementia care provider, manager, dementia trainer and consultant for the past 17 years. After serving in the Navy, Matt began working in long-term care and fell in love with dementia care. He spent six years as a CNA working in memory care and has also provided care in an adult foster home setting. Matt spent four years with the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon & SW Washington Chapter as a program coordinator. In this role, Matthew provided regular consultation to families facing dementia, and conducted dementia-related training around the state for both caregivers and first responders. Matt was also an instructor of the dementia care practice course at Portland Community College. Matt holds an undergraduate degree in human studies and gerontology from Marylhurst University. Additionally, he studied at the Marylhurst University Graduate School of Gerontology. Matt is a State-certified EQC instructor.


  • What is Ensuring Quality Care (EQC)?

    Starting April 2021, Ensuring Quality Care (EQC) will be a two-part training required by the State of Oregon for all prospective adult foster home licensees, administrators, resident managers, floating resident managers, and shift caregivers looking to open or work in a home licensed through Aging & People with Disabilities (APD). Prospective licensees, resident managers, and shift caregivers are required to complete the full course (EQC Essentials plus AFH Administration) and pass State exams for both parts of the course.

  • When does the course start?

    EQC Essentials starts January 6th, 2023 and ends on January 23rd. AFH Administration starts February 3rd, 2023 and ends on February 20th.

  • I have an urgent need for EQC, can you help me?

    We want to help you become or stay in compliance, so we offer both the EQC Essentials and the full course as an urgent/self-paced option outside our regularly-scheduled course. Please contact us at EQC.Class@gmail.com regarding urgent requests.

  • Is your course recognized by all counties in the state of Oregon?

    Yes, Ensuring Quality Care is taught by State-certified instructors, and completion of the course and exam is recognized by all counties in Oregon. Multnomah County has additional requirements, so contact Multnomah County licensing at 503-988-3000 for more information.

  • Do I need to take the required Adult Foster Home Orientation before I take EQC?

    We strongly encourage you to take the required Adult Foster Home Orientation prior to taking EQC. Orientation is offered through your local licensing office. You will take the orientation through the county in which you will be opening your home or becoming a resident manager. Some local licensing offices have different expectations regarding orientation and EQC, so please contact your local licensing office to get clarification on their requirements.

  • Can I take just the EQC exam?

    Both the course and exam are required for licensing. You can only take the EQC exam if you have successfully completed an EQC course within the past 90 days of the exam date.

  • What if I don't pass the EQC exam?

    Fortunately, our students have a very high pass rate. In 2022, 99% of the students who took the exam with us passed, and our median student score is 95%. We work with you throughout the course to review the material and answer questions to make sure you know the content well. If you do not pass the exam on the first attempt, you have up to 90 days to re-take the exam. If you do not pass a second time, you will be required to re-take the course. This is very rare in our course.