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TitleCertified Assisted Living Director (CALD) PART A
LocationRiverside Gardens in Grand Rapids
Address 2420 Coit Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Dates 10/3/2019 to 10/4/2019
Time 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Certified Assisted Living Director
Have You Been CALD?

As a Certified Assisted Living Director, you will join a prestigious group of Michigan professionals who have achieved a voluntary certification developed and maintained by the Michigan Center for Assisted Living. The CALD certification has the high caliber you deserve as an assisted living administrator and is the only voluntary certification available in our state.

If you are currently a director or moving up the career ladder - by participating in CALD, you will not only gain certification but will come away with the assurance that you have been proven capable through successfully completing the Residential Care/Assisted Living (RC/AL) licensure examination. This national exam is developed by the highly respected National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Board (NAB).

Corporate Leadership can be sure that if you send your staff or directors for the CALD Training Program they will be educated for success; you don’t want to miss
out on this opportunity to certify your assisted living leadership.


  1. Attend CALD Part A two-day in-class training.
  2. Complete independent six week self-study & Senior Living University open-book exam.
  3. Attend CALD Part B two-day in-class training.
  4. Pass the National Association of Boards (NAB) of Long Term Care Examiners Core & RC/AL Line of Service exams.

Rationale: Currently in the State of Michigan there is not a certification or license required to hold the title of Director or administrator in any assisted living setting, including adult foster care (AFC) , home for the aged (HFA) or other assisted living settings where licensure is not required. The CALD Training Program is developed to proactively serve as a model for “best practice” within the profession.

Objective: Having directors/administrators who achieve a high level of qualification will better enhance the care and lives of our residents in assisted living environments.

CALD aims to “raise the bar” by offering current and new directors/administrators a professional certification based on Michigan’s most comprehensive state-specific training and a thorough process of preparation for NAB RC/AL exam success. Participants will be well versed in federal and state rules and regulations.

Commitment: The CALD Training Program is an intimate, interactive, multi-step program. CALD participants will learn through in-class training and through guided self-study. Participants will also have the opportunity to collaborate, network and learn with other professionals during class and will visit assisted living facilities during the classes. While participants are responsible for completing the NAB Core & RC/AL exams on their own, the CALD program will help support their success!

Minimum Education & Experience:
Effective August 2018, any individual who registers for the MCAL CALD Training MUST have one of the following combinations of education and experience, in order to take the RC/ALadministrator licensure exams, which includes the CORE:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent, plus 2 years work experience in the continuum of long-term care, including 1 year in a management or supervisory position.
  • An Associate’s degree, plus 1 year work experience in the continuum of long-term care, including 6 months in a management or supervisory position.
  • A Bachelor’s degree, plus 6 months management or supervisory experience in the continuum of long-term care.
  • Currently licensed as a long-term care administrator.

Note: All management or supervisory requirements must be in the long-term care continuum which could be home and community based, assisted living and/or skilled care.

By registering for the MCAL CALD Training Program, you attest that the registrant meets one of the training program pre-requisites indicated above.

Facilitators & Speakers
CALD Facilitators are all CALD Certified and experienced Assisted Living Directors. Other speakers may include MCAL President/CEO Linda Lawther; a representative from the AFC Licensing Division within Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA); Michael Lebenbom, attorney; and other HFA and/or AFC directors, nurses and/or other assisted living staff.

Step by Step to achieving your CALD Certification
1.) Attend CALD Part A two-day in-class training.
Using the Assisted Living Operations Manual as a guide, participants will navigate the differences in HFA, AFC and other assisted living settings. In-depth review of state laws, rules, regulations and public acts will be studied in detail, as well as everything from medication to compliance programs. Participants will also tour HFA and AFC communities to learn from field professionals and experience mock surveys, using the most up-to-date tools and forms available.

2.) Complete independent six week self-study & Senior Living University open-book exam.
Participants will review the provided Senior Living University (SLU) self-study manuals which will include the tools to effectively manage numerous departments including dietary, nursing, financial and human resources. It will also include tools to help further develop quality programs for residents and how to maintain census through effective marketing. Participants will complete and submit the SLU open-book exam (85% or higher to pass) prior to CALD B in class training. This open-book exam will help gauge participant’s knowledge of the assisted living core competencies and help prepare CALD Training Program participants for the NAB RC/AL exam.

3.) Attend CALD Part B two-day in-class training.
Participants will have the most current reference material available from the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator’s Board (NAB). Through various interactive hands-on exercises, participants will build off the foundation of knowledge learned throughout the previous six weeks. Multiple breakout sessions will educate and prepare participants on the nationally recognized domains of practice: Resident Services; Human Resources; Leadership; Finances; Physical Environment; and Person-Centered Care. Part B will also include details of NAB RC/AL Exam and registration instructions.

4.) Take the National Association of Boards (NAB) of Long-Term Care Examiners Core & RC/AL Exams.*
After completion of both CALD Part A and B, participants will be qualified to apply for the NAB Core & RC/AL national exams. The NAB RC/AL national exam is not required in Michigan, however, it is mandatory in many other states. Detailed exam registration instructions will be provided during day two of CALD Part B.

All participants MUST meet the NAB RC/AL exam prerequisites (see registration page for details).

*The cost of the NAB Core & RC/AL Line of Service exams is not included in the CALD program tuition. Registration and payment for the NAB Core & RC/AL exams is the sole responsibility of the student. Process guidance is provided during CALD training.

CALD Part A (select one date)
October 3-4, 2019 | Riverside Gardens in Grand Rapids

CALD Part B (select one date)
November 21-22, 2019 | Lansing

Participants must complete Part A prior to Part B.

Registration is closed.  Class is at full capacity.

Available Spaces
Fees $1,470.00 - CALD Registration Member Rate - October 4-5, 2019 - Part B November 21-22, 2019
$1,925.00 - CALD Registration NON- Member Rate - Part A October 4-5, 2019 - Part B November 21-22, 2019

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