In 2015, the Argentum Board of Directors formed the Senior Living Certification Commission (SLCC), a nonprofit corporation dedicated to professional development initiatives for senior living executives and staff members.

The SLCC’s Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL) credential demonstrates attainment of consistent, relevant, measurable and industry-recognized standards of practice in the assisted living executive director role. To become certified, eligible assisted living executive directors must pass a written examination based on knowledge domains and job tasks related to knowledge and duties performed by assisted living executive directors.

Certification Advances Excellence

Certified Directors of Assisted Living demonstrate competency in their role as a community leader and commitment to the highest quality of service in senior living.

2018 Important Dates

January 26, 2018 – Registration Opens
March 12, 2018 – Testing Period Opens
April 17, 2018 – Registration Deadline
May 2, 2018 – Late Registration Deadline ($50 late fee)
June 1, 2018 – Testing Period Closes

July 27, 2018 – Registration Opens
September 17, 2018 – Testing Period Opens
October 31, 2018 – Registration Deadline
November 14, 2018 – Late Registration Deadline ($50 late fee)
December 14, 2018 – Testing Period Closes

Register to Become a Certified Director of Assisted Living

Learn more about certification eligibility requirements, deadlines, and fees.

Assisted Living Executive Director Primer

The Assisted Living Community Executive Director Primer provides senior living executive directors information on how to be more effective in their jobs. The resource was developed by a panel of subject matter experts (SMEs) in the management of assisted living communities, and is further validated by a larger pool of executive directors from across the country. This tool helps executive directors enhance and augment skills and knowledge in various domains of study critical to performance excellence. Shipping and tax is included in the price of the primer.

Non-Member: $325
Argentum Member: $250
Argentum Member Bulk (10-49): $225
Argentum Member Bulk (50+): $195

If you are unsure if your company is an Argentum member, please see our Member List or contact Kari Horesky at

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