On behalf of the Senior Living Certification Commission and Argentum, congratulations on earning the Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL) credential. Spreading the word about your achievement and making family, friends and the larger community aware of the achievement can help build trust, validate competency and advance your career. Follow these tips to earn the recognition you deserve.
Frame your certificate and hang it in a high-traffic area of your community. Contact SLCC to reorder your certificate.
SLCC mails all CDALs their lapel pins within 30 days of receiving notification of certification. If your address has changed since you took the exam and/or you did not receive your lapel pin for some reason, please update your contact information so that we can mail you the lapel pin.
This resource is a great digital piece for prospective residents and their families to evaluate your community. The Guide to Choosing a Senior Living Community Brochure helps consumers answer common, but important questions like, “What is senior living?”, “How do I pay for senior living?”, and “How do I choose a community?”. Within the Staffing and Training section, one important checklist item is noted: “Is your community’s executive director a Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL)?” View the guide here.
Promote your CDAL designation in the signature of your email. The digital badge will remind people of your achievement. Digital badge package is now available for download.
Use the acronym of your credential after your name like this FirstName LastName, CDAL. Update your name everywhere you connect with current and prospective residents/families, and employers.
1.) When you add CDAL to the end of your name on Linkedin, recruiters searching for certified EDs will be able to easily find you! (see below)
2.) Join the CDAL LinkedIn Group page to network with other CDALs and mentor someone planning to take the test!
Your CDAL credential creates trust and increases awareness of your professionalism. When sharing information on what you do for a living, be sure to mention that you are a credentialed executive director. Include your credential on your resume, professional biography, and LinkedIn profile, and tell your followers and fans about your new credential on Facebook and Twitter.
Here’s a few lines you can use to describe the credential and its value:
“I am a Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL), credentialed by the Senior Living Certification Commission (SLCC). This certification recognizes my knowledge of senior living, my professionalism, and most importantly, my competency and dedication to providing the highest quality service to residents and their families.”
I wanted to share some great news with you. I have completed the requirements of the Assisted Living Executive Director Certification program and passed the examination necessary to earn the Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL) credential from the Senior Living Certification Commission (SLCC).
To me this credential recognizes my knowledge of senior living, professionalism, and most importantly, competency and dedication to providing the highest quality service to the residents of our community.
Visit www.slcccertification.org to learn more about the CDAL credential.
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Use the Local Press Release Template to insert your name and company information and share your achievement with the local media.
Ask your organization to issue a press release to share the achievement of its executive directors from various communities. Use the National Press Release Template to insert company information and share the list of company CDALs. Then, make sure to send us a link of your press release to us and we’ll repost it under SLCC’s News and Announcements section!
The strength of the credential lies in the consumer and industry’s knowledge of the value of the CDAL. Please make sure to connect with your social media team and have them repost all of your efforts!
So that we may communicate with you regarding your CDAL credential, please make sure we always have an updated email address on file.