Promoting, Strengthening & Supporting Senior Center Professionals

Senior Center Administrator Certification (SCAC)

What is a Senior Center Administrator Certification?

The intent of certification for a Senior Center Administrator is to encourage continuing professional growth and development of individuals who work with and for older adults. It is further intended that certification will provide a statewide standard that can be used as a measure of professionalism by interested agencies and individuals. Additionally, certification could assist agencies in the recruitment process for senior center administration and operationand their justification for salary increments.

Senior Center professionals realize the complexity of their jobs and know that their skills must range from personnel and facility management to fund development and recreational programming. Also, some individuals working with older adult programs must be adept at fiscal management, program planning and implementation, as well as volunteer management.

What is required to achieve Senior Center Administrator Certification?

The Senior Center Administrator is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of multiple Senior Centers in a geographic area. He/she handles the budget, record keeping, personnel, service coordination and management of the facilities. Applicants must be working as a Senior Center Administrator in the year that the application is completed.

Certification Requirements

  • Degree (minimum Associates)
  • Three (3) years experience in a multi-service system of aging/or related field
  • Demonstrate that under your supervision, your centers meet MASC Senior Center criteria.

Certification Renewal

Certification renewal is required every three (3) years. Criteria: 20 hours documented participation in workshop/seminars; or 2.0 C.E.U.'s; or 6.0 classroom credit hours - all in job related fields or the field of aging. (For workshop/seminars which are not sponsored by the Michigan Association of Senior Centers' standardized documentation forms are available and MUST be signed by the presenter.

How do I apply, and what does it cost?

Contact the MASC Standards Committee to request an SCAC application packet. Applications are accepted from January 1 through June 30 for certificates that are awarded at the Michigan Association of Senior Centers' Annual Conference in the fall. Applicants are notified of the status of their application prior to the conference. If deficiencies are discovered during the certification process, applicants are notified and allowed the opportunity to make corrections or additions. Successful applicants will receive the title Senior Center Administrator Certified (SCAC).


Payable at the time of application.
Certification: $50 member $100 non-member
Renewal: $25 member $50 non-member

Please direct inquiries to:
Rina Chemin, CPRP, SDC, Standards Committee
Michigan Association of Senior Centers
7190 N. Maple
Saline, MI 48176

Michigan Association of Senior Centers
P.O. Box 235
Milford, MI 48381

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