How to become a Certified Alzheimer's and Dementia Trainer
"One person becoming a NCCDP Certified Alzheimer's Dementia Trainer will impact thousands of health care professionals and front line staff through live dementia education which has a direct impact in the quality of care and quality of life the staff provide to our elderly."
NCCDP Sandra Stimson Executive Director
"We did the best we could with what we knew, when we knew better - we did better."
Nurse Educators, In-service Directors and Educators play a huge role and perhaps the most important component in insuring our front line staff, health care professionals and community are prepared, educated and trained to care for America's aged with a diagnosis of Dementia and or Alzheimer's disease. It is vitally important that the educators have the most current and comprehensive information to present at the training sessions.
To register and apply for the upcoming Train the Trainer seminar please download the Train the Trainer Pre registration Form.
Many of the questions you have for this certification and seminar are answered on the form.
Registry of approved trainers
Train the Trainer Pre Registration Form.
Cancellation policy for Train the Trainer Class
Where Can I Find the Train the Trainer Seminars and Dates?
The dates and location are listed in several places.
1. Train the Trainer Pre-registration form
2. Click on the Seminar tab on the home page. The calendar list all currently posted dates and locations. The seminar is updated daily.
If you do not see a location listed, please contact the NCCDP to see when the next seminar will be offered.
The NCCDP can bring the Train the Trainer, Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care seminars and CDCM Certified Dementia Care Manager (Dementia Unit Manager) to your corporate training site. This is a cost effective way to provide training to multiple trainers. The NCCDP can work with you to provide a cost effective program to fit your budget. Providing the training program at your corporate training site cuts down on employee travel time and saves the company money. Please contact us for information and rates for Corporate Training's.
View our Testimonial page to see what other Trainers are saying
"The organization and delivery of material was outstanding, well worth , more than I had anticipated. Information was direct and applicable. I would repeat this. Excellent materials to share with staff. What a "WOW" experience. I enjoyed the day. I learned lots of new material today."
Marsha Cunningham LNHA CDP CDCM Vice President of Long Term Care
Baptist Health Care
"Don't just meet the minimum state regulations regarding dementia education...exceed them!"
Sandra Stimson, CALA, ADC, AC-BC, CDP
Any instructor who wishes to be approved as an NCCDP Alzheimer's and dementia instructor, must complete the NCCDP Train the Trainer Seminar. The NCCDP will review each application on a case by case basis. The Train the Trainer seminar is a one day seminar. The seminar includes all the materials needed for the Trainer to present a comprehensive Alzheimer's and Dementia Seminar to health care professionals working in all settings such as nursing homes, assisted living, ccrc, hospitals, rehab centers, hospice, adult day care and home care market.
The training material provided to the Trainer is appropriate for all health care professionals and front line staff such as Home Health Aides, Rehab Professionals, Nurses, Social Workers, Activity Professionals, Physicians,Dietitians, Director of Nursing, Administrator's, Owners, Personal Care Assistants, Home Health Aides, Geriatric Care Managers, Pharmacists, Dementia Unit Managers, Elder Law Attorneys, First Responders, etc. This materials should also be presented at all medical universities, technical colleges and medical / nurses /nurses aide training programs, rehab programs such as PT, OT, Speech. College professors, Technical / trade school program trainers and instructors should also apply to become a trainer.
The seminar includes:
Overhead Copies in Note Format, Power Point Curriculum on Memory Stick, Master Handout Notebook, Text Books, and Sexuality and Staff Concerns Video, Pre Test Post Test for Employees, Sample Brochure, Sample Certificate, Sample Sign in Sheet, Information on applying for CEU's, Marketing Information, Certification as a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Certified Alzheimer's and Dementia Trainer.
The schedule for upcoming Train the Trainer seminars are posted on the web site. Please contact us if you have any questions using our CONTACT US FORM
or call NCCDP at 1 877 729 5191. Please note you must complete all three applications,CDP, Instructor application and Train the Trainer forms. All forms must be submitted together
How to become an authorized instructor.
To apply as a NCCDP approved instructor, the applicant must meet the following:
1. Certified or licensed in a health care profession
2. Bachelorís degree or higher from an accredited college or university and or LPN or RN
3. A minimum of 5 years experience in a health related field/profession within
the past 7 years
4. Minimum of 3 years experience as a geriatric health educator and or an instructor (Nurse Educator or In-service employee) in a geriatric health care setting such as a Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Adult Day Care, Hospice, Home Care or Hospital, etc).
5. OR/ Professor at a University or Instructor for a Trade School / Technical School for a medical profession
Please note, you DO NOT complete the Alzheimer's and Dementia seminar prior to registration for Train the Trainer seminar
During the Train the Trainer seminar, the Instructors are provided with all training materials to present a comprehensive Alzheimer's Disease and Care Dementia seminar that exceeds all state and national regulations for dementia education. Every state is different in the requirements and regulations for dementia education for staff working in long term care settings or home care. There are no national standards or federal regulations for nursing homes or assisted living regarding dementia education. It is up to each state to determine the requirements for dementia education for long term care settings or home care setting.
This is a very important aspect of the NCCDP in that we make it easy for the trainer. You are provided with NCCDP Alzheimer's dementia curriculum Power Point Curriculum on Memory Stick, over head copies, master hand out notebook, DVD, text books, tests, sample evaluations, sample sign in sheets, sample brochure.
Many educators, private consultants, retired in-service directors use this opportunity to present private Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care seminars all over the country. The NCCDP is here to help the trainer in many ways from developing data bases, marketing, learning objectives, contract development, brochure development, etc.
The approved trainer is not restricted to teach at the location they work and can teach this seminar in any state as often as is feasible for the trainer. It is the responsibility of each instructor to submit the curriculum for CEU approval through the different governing bodies granting ceus. We do provide during the Train the Trainer seminar recommendations on which governing bodies to apply for CEU's.
Instructors who are currently providing seminars and workshops in the area of Dementia / Alzheimer’s will find an added bonus in offering the students (for those who qualify) the opportunity to obtain CDP certification once completing the NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care seminar (for those who qualify). Anyone can attend the Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care seminar but not everyone qualifies for CDP certification.
As an approved NCCDP Alzheimer's and dementia instructor you are authorized to meet with Administrators and offer discounted corporate group rate for the employee CDP certification. Corporations are only offered the CDP group discount if using an approved NCCDP instructor.
“Someday there will be a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. Until that day, continue with your dementia education. They deserve your best!”
Sandra Stimson Executive Director NCCDP
The NCCDP Train the Trainer provides the nurse educators / educator the competitive edge because this NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care seminar leads to certification. Where many other instructors who are teaching dementia seminars are not approved by the NCCDP. Only applicants who are pursuing CDP certification can proceed if they completed an Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care seminar by an approved NCCDP Alzheimer's and dementia trainer.
Once you have been approved to teach the Dementia Seminar, your name and name of company will be posted on the web site under the states you wish to be advertised for. Once approved, you will be provided a certification number which must be clearly posted on all of your certificates of attendance.
The certification number is good for two years. At the end of two years you will need to resubmit a Instructor and CDP renewal applications for another two years. You will complete the renewal forms Two months prior to the expiration of your certification. You will receive a reminder card from the NCCDP two months prior to your expiration date. Your application must be in by the deadline. If you miss the deadline and do not contact us, we will assume you are no longer teaching the course and will remove your name and company name from the web site. You will need 10 ceus to renew as well as proof that you have taught this seminar at least one time per calendar year.
Upon completion of the NCCDP Train the trainer, the student will have comprehensive training materials and certification as NCCDP Alzheimer's and dementia trainer and CDP Certified Dementia Practitioner certification.
If you wish to proceed, simply fill out the application listed on the top of this page and attach all required documents.
Article: Trainee and Trainer Reactions to a Scripted Dementia Care
Training Program in Residential Care / Assisted Living Settings and Nursing Homes
by Susan Fletcher
Alzheimer's Care Today January 1 2010
Standardized, scripted training programs to educate staff members who work in long-term care (LTC) have the potential to be replicated across diverse settings because scripted material helps ensure that the program is delivered consistently and as intended by developers. While there are potential benefits to such standardization, little is known about trainee and trainer reactions to scripted training programs. This study, one of the Collaborative Studies of Long-Term Care, investigated trainee and trainer reactions to a scripted training program developed for staff members who care for residents with dementia in LTC settings. Specifically, we examined the extent to which the degree of adherence to the script (i.e., implementation fidelity) was related to (1) trainee satisfaction, (2) trainee rating of trainer knowledge, (3) trainer rating of program effectiveness and relevance, and (4) the trainer's perception of trainee interest. Results indicate that higher trainee satisfaction and higher trainee rating of trainer knowledge were significantly related to the amount of implementation fidelity. Trainer additions to the script were related to their own lower ratings of session effectiveness and perceived trainee interest. However, trainers had some unfavorable reactions to reading a script. These results suggest that adhering to a standardized training program may be received positively by trainees, although trainers may need to become more comfortable with such standardization
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"Don't just meet the minimum state regulations
regarding dementia education...exceed them!" Sandra Stimson Executive Director NCCDP