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How to Become an Assisted Living Manager, Maintaining Annual CEUs, Plus the Classes and CEUs Offered by TALA

Assisted Living Manager's Course

To be an Assisted Living manager in the state of Texas you need to complete a 24-hour AL Manager’s Course.

The required 24-Hour AL Manager's course has two portions:

  • Part 1: 8 hours of Texas Regulations (Required within the first 90 days of hire)
  • Part 2: 16 hours of Administrative Overview (Required within the first year of hire)

*Please note: Texas does not mandate licensing or certification to be an Assisted Living Manager, however, you must provide evidence you completed the required training.

What continuing education hours do I need as an assisted living manager?

An assisted living manager needs 12 hours of continuing education every year. The requirement starts after your first year of employment. Also, after your first year of employment, you need to take an annual HHSC required one hour training on aging in place and retaliation.

The continuing education requirement must include at least two of the following areas:

  1. resident and provider rights and responsibilities, abuse and neglect, and confidentiality;
  2. basic principles of management;
  3. skills for working with residents, families, and other professional service providers;
  4. resident characteristics and needs;
  5. community resources;
  6. accounting and budgeting;
  7. basic emergency first aid; or
  8. federal laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; the Civil Rights Act of 1991; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993; and the Fair Housing Act, as amended.

If you manage an Alzheimer Certified community or unit, you need an additional 6 hours of dementia specific continuing education.

Title 26, Chapter 553, SUBCHAPTER E STANDARDS FOR LICENSURE, §553.253 Employee Qualifications and Training and §553.259 Admission Policies and Procedures;


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2023 Class Schedule

Event Dates Location Registration
Self-Study Administrative Overview - 16 Hours Self-Paced Written materials mailed to you
Full 24 Hour Manager's Class September 20th - 22nd, 2023 In-Person - New Braunfels SOLD OUT
Texas Regulations - 8 Hours October 13th - 19th, 2023 Virtual - Video Modules
Administrative Overview - 16 Hours November 3rd - 9th, 2023 Virtual - Video Modules
Texas Regulations - 8 Hours December 1st - 7th, 2023 Virtual - Video Modules

Assisted Living Manager’s Course with TALA

To complete the 24-hour course with TALA, individuals can take an 8-hour Texas Regulations class either through video modules or in-person and the 16-hour Administrative Overview component can be completed through self-study, video modules, or in-person. TALA offers the full course in-person as a three-day course or by taking each component individually. More information is below. These classes are approved by the State of Texas for Assisted Living Managers or for continuing education credit.

Virtual Video Modules Option

The class is split into video modules that must be watched over the course period. During the course, attendees must also take a quiz and pass with a score of 70 or better. There is a scheduled live Q&A zoom offered on the last day of the course.

  • Texas Regulations Class – 8 hours - $140 members/$225 non-members
    • The class is split into 5 video modules to watch at your own pace during the course dates.
  • Administrator’s Overview Class -16 hours - $260 members/$325 non-members
    • The class is split into 15 video modules to watch at your own pace during the course dates..

Self-Study Option

This course does not contain a virtual component. After registering for this open book self-study course, participants will receive a package of written materials in the mail from Senior Living U. Once the participant has read the manuals and completed the open-book exam, send it back to SLU. To pass at least 85% must be received on the open-book exam. Certificate and Letter of Completion will be emailed to the student for 16 hours for the Administrative Overview portion of the full course.

  • Administrator’s Overview Class -16 hours- $375 for Member/$450 Non-Member

In-Person Option for AL Manager Classes

TALA provides an in-person class to satisfy the 24 hour Assisted Living Managers Class requirement by HHSC in Texas. The course is divided into two parts and can be taken either as a three-day course or by taking either component separately.

This course is divided into three days, with the first day dedicated to the 8-Hour Texas Regulations portion and the second and third days dedicated to the 16-hour Administrative Overview portion, each lasting 8 hours. By attending all three days, you will have completed the required 24 hours. Classes start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m., with lunch provided.

  • Texas Regulations Class – 8 hours - $140 members/$225 non-members
  • Administrator’s Overview Class -16 hours - $260 members/$325 non-members
  • Full 24-Hour Class - $400 members/ $550 non-members

Annual Conference:

TALA hosts an annual conference in April of each year where attendees can earn continuing education credits. Attendees can network with other senior living professionals and attend our annual trade show to speak with exhibitors who cater to the senior living industry.

Dementia Specialist Training:

James L West Dementia Center and the Texas Assisted Living Association are partnering on a Dementia Specialist Training program that will launch this August.

The training will help caregivers in their interactions with residents with dementia and give them an understanding of how caregiving differs when a resident has dementia. It will provide real world techniques and a strong foundation for those who care for residents with dementia.

The 12-hour training will be virtual with a live question and answer component taken over the course of four months.

Dementia Intensive:

TALA and James L. West Center for Dementia Care have partnered to bring a one-day virtual dementia course. Join Dementia care experts and earn your required 6 hours of dementia specific continuing education units. Stay tuned for more information.

Meet the AL Trainers

Linda Abel

Linda and her husband Jim have been married for 49 years. Linda has worked as an RN in Assisted Living communities for 20 years of her career. She also served alongside her husband, Jim who is a United Methodist Minister. She and Jim have 2 grown sons, who have families of their own. They especially enjoy spending time with the granddaughters. Linda officially retired in 2016, however many would say she doesn’t really understand what retirement is about. Since retirement she has served the Texas Assisted Living Association as a trainer for Assisted Living Managers all over the state of Texas.

Linda’s vision to lead Dementia Friendly Fort Worth grew out of her nursing profession and her desire to serve the older population of First United Methodist Fort Worth. Linda’s aspirations include a vision to see nursing professionals graduate with an awareness and training for nurses on better care for those with dementia until there is a cure!

Rose Saenz

Rose M. Saenz's 20+ year career is centered over serving seniors in various senior living roles from nursing care to operations to new developments. She has successfully opened, licensed and operated assisted living and memory care communities.

Rose actively serves the industry as President and Operations Specialist for RevealSol, LLC, a consulting company and as the Vice President of Workforce Development for Texas Assisted Living Association (TALA) .  Additionally, she serves on the Board for A Gift Of Time in Georgetown and supports the Public Policy Committee with (TALA).

Rose is passionate about educating and supporting community leaders in how care is approached, ensuring independence, autonomy and dignity of senior adults is of highest regard through day to day operational practices, programming and community design.

Carmen Tilton

Carmen Tilton is VP of Public Policy for TALA. She oversees legislative and regulatory affairs which entails her representing TALA with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and being a leading voice at the Texas Capitol. She joined TALA in February 2020 after two years as a Senior Executive Policy Advisor for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and five years as a Senior Policy Analyst for several members in the Texas Legislature.

She has an extensive background in both the legislative and rulemaking processes with a focus on long-term care and behavioral health policies and programs. Carmen received her Master’s in Global Policy Studies from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a sixth generation Texan, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and a native of Terlingua, TX.

Anthony Ormsbee-Hale

Anthony Ormsbee-Hale is a senior living operations and strategy professional with a background in community sales, operations, corporate workforce development and operational management. He is the Senior Vice President, Strategic Operations for Civitas Senior Living, a Texas based senior living operator. Anthony has completed executive education through Cornell University focusing on Strategic Human Resource Management and holds the Professional in Human Resources designation from HR Certification Institute and the Certified Professional designation from the Society for Human Resource Management. In 2018, Anthony co-founded the Texas Assisted Living Association's Young Professionals Network and has been involved with industry initiatives such as Argentum's HR Executive Roundtable, LEAD Program Steering Committee and the TALA Workforce Development Committee.

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