Executive Directors Encouraged to Seek Credentialing Through Senior Living Certification Commission

Initial Executive Director Certification Exam Planned for Fall 2016

ALEXANDRIA, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Argentum2016–Argentum continues to encourage senior living leaders to seek
credentialing through the Senior Living Certification Commission (SLCC),
an independent, non-profit organization committed to establishing
credentialing programs for professionals working in senior living.
Currently, the SLCC is conducting a provisional test to develop relevant
questions and to review examination procedures, and is on track to
release the initial Executive Director exam for certification this fall.

“The commitment demonstrated by individuals to achieve this high
standard industry credential makes a strong statement about their drive
for professional growth and their increasing abilities to provide the
most competent leadership within the senior living industry,” said SLCC
Chairman and Legend Senior Living CEO Tim Buchanan.

Executive Directors who meet the following requirements may sit for the
initial exam planned for September 2016:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree granted by a college or university that is
    accredited by an entity approved by the United States Department of
    Education, or the equivalent
  • Have at least three years (6,000 hours) work experience as an
    executive director of a licensed assisted living community OR five
    years (10,000 hours) work experience in a management capacity in one
    or more licensed assisted living communities

OR

  • Have at least five years (10,000 hours) work experience as an
    executive director of a licensed assisted living community OR seven
    years (14,000 hours) work experience in a management capacity in one
    or more licensed assisted living communities

More information about the Executive Director certification exam is
available at argentum.org/certification.

In alignment with Argentum’s workforce development imperative, the SLCC
and Argentum’s Executive
Director Leadership Institute
(EDLI) are designed to address the
challenge of ensuring a strong senior living workforce as the needs of
employees and consumers change. These programs provide an opportunity to
increase standards of employee excellence and ensure the highest levels
of quality in the industry.

“As the population ages and needs for care increase, it will become
increasingly important to have a robust, skilled workforce in the senior
living industry,” said Argentum CEO & President James Balda. “Training
and certification programs for senior living professionals are critical
and provide a variety of benefits for the present and the future.”

More than 100 Executive Directors recently participated in four days of
training during the EDLI program at the Argentum
Senior Living Executive Conference
in Denver, Colorado. These
professionals heard from senior living CEO leaders and experts on topics
such as operations management, leadership, human resources, sales and
marketing, clinical oversight, and risk management. Participants
received a micro credential, a certificate, and most importantly
acquired knowledge that will allow them to enrich their contribution to
the success of their community.

About Argentum

Since 1990, Argentum has advocated for choice, accessibility,
independence, dignity, and quality of life for all older adults.
Argentum’s programs promote business and operational excellence designed
to foster innovation and entrepreneurism in the field of senior living.
Visit Argentum’s website at www.argentum.org.

Contacts

Argentum
Sharon Cohen, Editor
scohen@argentum.org