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Taking an online course can be convenient, but there are special considerations for online learning. Please click the link below before registering for this course to determine if an online course is right for you.

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Meet the Instructors

Alyssa Elting McGuire, MA, MPA

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 a former lead adult foster home licensor for Washington and Columbia Counties. She 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. She currently works as an independent consultant and training specialist. Alyssa holds graduate degrees in public administration and educational leadership (adult education & training), and has a gerontology-focused certificate of completion. She is also a State-certified Ensuring Quality Care (EQC) instructor.
Tracey Diani


Tracey Diani

Tracey has been teaching EQC for the past several years. Her passion is empowering students and providing information for students to be successful. For eight years, Tracey provided services as a Medicaid case manager and an adult foster home licensor. Tracey also previously worked as a caregiver for over five years providing one-on-one care to individuals living in different care settings, including adult foster homes. She has a passion for helping people and has first-hand knowledge of what it means to be a compassionate caregiver.


  • What is Ensuring Quality Care (EQC)?

    Ensuring Quality Care (EQC) is a 40-hour training required by the State of Oregon for all prospective adult foster home licensees, 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 course, in full, and pass the EQC exam, which is proctored in person.

  • When does the course start?

    The next full course will be available in November 2019. Please email to be notified when registration is available.

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

    We want to help you become or stay in compliance, so we are able to offer urgent and small-group online classes outside our regularly-scheduled course. Please contact us at regarding special requests and to find out about rates.

  • 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.

  • I live outside the Portland Metro area, can I take this course completely online?

    Yes! We've designed the course to allow a fully online option for individuals outside the greater Portland Metro area (Columbia, Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington, & Yamhill Co.). You will need to schedule to take the EQC exam through your local licensing office within 90 days of completing this course.

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

    Fortunately, our students have a very high pass rate. 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.