Exam Preparation

The Senior Living Certification Commission does not endorse or approve any programs or resources that are marketed or intended to prepare candidates to take the examination. The resources listed below are shared for the convenience of candidates who may be interested in further reading on the job responsibilities and skillset of an executive director. Additional resources will be listed when they become available.

The Best Preparation for the CDAL Exam is Experience

Candidates are encouraged to join the CDAL LinkedIn Group to discuss with their peers topics related to the responsibilities and knowledge of an executive director.

CDAL Candidate Handbook

The Certified Director of Assisted Living Examination Candidate Handbook is a resource created by SLCC to provide candidates with more information about the CDAL exam. The handbook contains information on exam content, eligibility requirements,  exam locations and dates, application and examination fees, what to expect when taking the exam, exam preparation tips, recertification, and more. Download the CDAL Candidate Handbook.

SLCC Online Practice Test

SLCC’s 50-question, practice test is available to professionals preparing for the CDAL exam. The intent of the practice exam is to give you experience with online testing, the format of the questions, and the type of content that you will see on the actual exam. Upon conclusion of the practice test, you will receive a report informing you of how many questions were answered correctly. The report will contain each question, your response, the correct response, and an explanation of the correct answer. Only one version of the practice test is available. Practice Test: $75. Purchase Practice Test

CDAL Prep Course | May 14, San Diego

Are you preparing to take the 2018 Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL) Examination this Fall? We invite you to be part of Argentum’s first executive director preparatory course in San Diego, California. The CDAL prep course will be held Monday, May 14 from 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM in the San Diego Convention Center. Participants are encouraged to stay and attend the Argentum 2018 Senior Living Executive Conference, May 14-16.

In addition to the 4.5 hour of training, the  $399 CDAL Prep Course fee includes Argentum’s 142-page Assisted Living Community Executive Director Primer, and SLCC’s 50-question practice test.  Register for this Unforgettable, Learning Experience

Printed Executive Director Primer

Argentum’s 142-page 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 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 augment skills and knowledge in various domains of study critical to performance excellence. Purchase ED Primer.

Argentum Member: $250

Nonmember: $325


Chapter 1: Principles and Philosophy of Assisted Living

Chapter 2: Resident Care and Services

Chapter 3: Customer Experience

Chapter 4: Leadership

Chapter 5: Operations Management

Chapter 6: Regulatory Compliance

Chapter 7: Sales and Marketing

Chapter 8: Financial Management