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 EQC.Class@gmail.com 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 EQC.Class@gmail.com 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.