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Senior Living Certification Commission Announces 100 New Certified Directors of Assisted Living

March 5, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, VA–The Senior Living Certification Commission (SLCC) has announced a new class of 100 senior living professionals who have earned its Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL) credential. Since the CDAL program’s launch in 2016, 433 professionals have now received the credential.

The SLCC’s CDAL program was developed by practicing subject matter experts in senior living and is based on the unique knowledge and skills required by the executive director, as identified through an extensive job analysis. Certification demonstrates attainment of consistent, relevant, measurable, and industry-recognized standards of practice in the assisted living executive director role.

“I congratulate each of these individuals who have joined the growing ranks of Certified Directors of Assisted Living,” said Tim Buchanan, SLCC chairman and Legend Senior Living CEO. “The commitment shown by our professionals to earn this high-standard industry credential demonstrates their drive for professional growth and their increasing abilities to provide the most capable leadership within the industry. I also wish to encourage all other qualified assisted living professionals to apply for the opportunity to achieve this credential.”

The CDAL examination provides a mechanism to measure judgment, application of knowledge, and problem-solving abilities. It is comprised of questions in the following knowledge domains: Principles and Philosophy of Assisted Living; Resident Care and Services; Customer Experience; Leadership; Operations Management; Regulatory Compliance; Sales and Marketing; and Financial Management.

Successful completion of the CDAL exam is one of the requirements for attaining certification through the SLCC. Registration is now open for the testing period taking place this spring from March 12-June 1. April 17 marks the registration deadline. Professionals can apply at any time to ensure eligibility.

To date, candidates employed by 74 senior living provider companies have participated in the CDAL program; 32 of which participated in the most recent testing window, including: Augustana Care, Belmont Village Senior Living, Benchmark Senior Living, Brandywine Living, Brightview Senior Living, Brookdale, Carlton Senior Living, Cherry Oak Senior Living, Civitas Senior Living, Commonwealth Senior Living, Country Meadows Senior Living, Elmcroft Senior Living, Enlivant, Evolve Senior Living, Five Star Senior Living, Harbor Retirement Associates, HCR ManorCare, LCS, Lifewell Senior Living, McCready Manor, Inc., Merrill Gardens, New Perspective Senior Living, Presence Life Connections, Retirement Center Management, Senior Lifestyle Corp., Senior Living Communities, Sunrise Senior Living, The Arbor Company, Thrive Senior Living, Watercrest Senior Living, Watermark Retirement Communities and Wentworth Senior Living.

“The Certified Director of Assisted Living program raises the bar across the industry, allowing leaders the opportunity to earn a credential that recognizes their experience, competence, and professionalism in the executive director role,” said Loren Shook, Argentum board of directors chairman and Silverado CEO. “It demonstrates to consumers and state regulators that the senior living industry is committed to rigorous, professional development, and self-regulation in an effort to deliver the best quality of life possible.”

The Senior Living Certification Commission is an independent, non-profit organization committed to establishing credentialing programs for professionals working in senior living.

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