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Certified Residential Medication Aide (CRMA)

The Certified Residential Medication Aide (CRMA) standardized curriculum is designed for unlicensed workers. Successful completion of this course satisfies Departmental training requirements for workers who wish to pass medications in certain assisted housing programs.

The CRMA curriculum is a standard curriculum and replaces any programs previously approved by the Department.

It is a regulation requirement for Level III and Level IV Residential Care Facilities, Level III and Level IV PNMIs and Assisted Living Facilities to have workers trained in Medication Administration to administer medications in these settings.

This program involves a 24 hour curriculum for the Level III and Level IV residential care facilities that are served by the Office of Adults with Cognitive and Physical Disabilities. The CRMA 35-45 hour curriculum is for all other Level III and Level IV facilities. This program can only be taught by trainers approved the DHHS Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services.

Certain Level IV facilities whose primary purpose is to care for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities may be approved to have alternative training. If you have any questions regarding your facility, contact the Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) at (207) 287-9200 -  , or the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) at (207)287-2595 -

The Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services supports this program in the following ways:

  • Periodically update the curriculum.
  • Provide web-based information on upcoming trainings.
  • Maintain a list of approved trainers. New instructors must qualify for and successfully complete a 3-day Train-the-Trainer program.
  • Quality improvement. Staff will monitor course delivery and course evaluations completed and make suggestion/recommendations to trainers.
  • Certificates of completion are available online. Participant data will be stored and duplicate/replacement certificates can be issued upon request of a participant if unable to obtain on line.

Further information regarding this program may be obtained by contacting