Frequently Asked Questions

NCCDP Body of Knowledge, and Frequently Asked Questions

Certification FAQs

Who Can Apply for the CDP Certification?

The CDP® certification is open to those who qualify to health care professionals, front line staff, and ancillary staff who work in private practice, nursing homes, assisted living communities, home care agencies, hospice care agencies, medical adult day care, hospitals, psychiatric communities, associations, management companies, government agencies; senior referral companies, mobile companies, churches, and other companies who support the health care industry, etc.

To qualify you must have at minimum one year paid full-time experience with an organization and complete the ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care seminar by a certified NCCDP trainer or NCCDP corporate staff.

If you are certified by another national or international organization or learning institution, NCCDP does offer a grandfather option, which will allow you to bypass the NCCDP ADDC seminar.

What Steps do I take to become a CDP?

The first step in the process is to take our ADDC, or Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar. There are several dates and times to choose from.

Find an Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar that works best for you simply click on the class that you are interested in and the information (times, dates, trainer info, and registration info) will all come up in a pop-up on your screen.

Please be aware of time zones as they may be different than your own. The pricing can vary- our corporate trainers are $195 but our certified trainers are free to set their own price.

After you take the seminar, you will go to our website, create a login, and start an application. You will need to upload any documentation needed as well as the Certificate of Attendance from the ADDC seminar (provided by your NCCDP trainer).

Am I eligible to become a CDP?

How Do I apply for CDP Under the Grandfather option?

How Do I Find the CDCM application?

How Do I apply for Certified Dementia Trained Correctional Personnel CDTCP?

How Do I apply for Certified Correctional Personnel Dementia Trainer CCPDT?

How Do I apply for CMDCP with the International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioner?

How do I obtain 10 contact hours with NCCDP Online Learning powered by NetCE?

How do I create a corporate group?

  • Create a Corporate Group (entering Company name, address, phone, email – you’ll create whatever UN/PW you want)
  • Upload the Corporate Discount letter where indicated
  • Select A Group Administrator (person responsible for handling adding/renewing members in the group)
  • Enter the students’ names & email addresses
  • Check off that they are Initial Applications
  • Submit Payment ($50/pp for groups of 10 or more members)

Once the payment is processed, each member will receive an email with their login information to complete their CDP Application online. Once they are approved, they receive their CDP Certificate via email and the Group Admin receives a copy, as well.

Each employee will upload a copy of their Certificate of Attendance from the Alzheimer’s seminar they attended and any licensure they have for their position (Option 1 on the application). If they aren’t required to have a license, they will provide a simple letter (on letterhead) from their employer/supervisor stating they aren’t required to have a license for their position (Option 2). “

How long does it take to process my application?

Your CDP application will be reviewed within 7 business days. If your application is approved, you will receive your CDP certification via email. If your application is denied or if there is information missing, the membership department will send you an email within 7 business days.

Do I need a college degree to obtain certification?

No. We require you to have a high school diploma or GED.

Who qualifies for CDCM® Certified Dementia Care Manager® Certification?

You must have a 4-year college degree or LPN, LVN or RN, at minimum 3-years’ experience in a geriatric health care setting , 1-year full time experience with direct supervision of a Alzheimer’s/ dementia unit/ memory care neighborhood or special care unit and, certified or licensed in a health care profession. You must also be a CADDCT to obtain the CDCM certification.

How do I find my certification number?

Your certification number is emailed to you via the online renewal reminder and the renewal card that was mailed to you. It is also listed on your certification. You can also login to your account where your certification(s) and number(s) will be listed.

How can I get a copy of my certification?

Log into your account and click on the DOWNLOAD CERTIFICATION link on your account page. Click on the MEMBER LOGIN link at the top right of any page to login. If you would like to have a certification mailed to you, there is an additional fee.

I have started the online application form. Can I return to it and complete it later?

Yes, press the SAVE button and you will be able to return to it at a later date. However, your incomplete application will be available for only 21 days. After 21 days, your incomplete and unpaid application will be automatically deleted.

How often is the curriculum updated?

Every two years or as needed.

I can't find my name on the REGISTRY.

The name that is shown on the registry is the name on your certification. If you have a suffix, a hyphenated name, or you have changed your name since you were certified, please use the name that is on your most recent certification to find yourself.

I have misplaced or lost my certification, how can I get a replacement?

Log into your account and download a copy. Or, have one mailed to you for a $60.00 fee. A hard copy of the certification can be purchased in our marketplace.

My Certification expired. Can I renew or do I have to retake the seminar?

We retain records for 4 years. If you have expired more than 4 years ago, you will need to retake the course and reapply for your CDP. If it has been under 4 years, you are welcome to renew online. However, you will be charged a late fee if you are expired.

Renewal FAQs

How long is the certification good for and do I have to renew?

Our certifications are good for two years. You will receive a reminder notice to renew via email and via USPS mail.

How do I renew my certification?

To renew your CDP Certification, please go to and enter your Username and Password into the Left Box (Already Have an Account) and sign into your account.

Once in your account, select the RENEW tab and complete the CDP Renewal Application. This consists of verifying the information already in your account and making any necessary updates. When you are finished, please select Save and Submit Payment.

Do I have to submit additional CEU’s when I renew my certification in two years?

You are required to get 10 CEUs in anything healthcare-related, including staff in-services, in the two-year renewal period. We do not require that you upload your hours. We ask that you retain a copy of your contact hours or CEU’s in the event you are audited.

My corporation is paying for my staff CDP renewals, how do we go about this?

Please go to the CDP online application form. The corporation can create a corporate group (10 or more) account, add employees names to the group, and submit payment for their CDP application or renewal. Once set up, each employee will log in and apply or renew online. The new certification is emailed to the group administrator and to the employee.

I am unable to renew online either because I do not have a computer or experience technical difficulties. What should I do?

Call us at 973-729-6601 and select the menu option for renewal. We will be able to assist you in our office.

When I renew my CADDCT certification, is CDP certification included?

Yes, your CDP certification is included when you renew your CADDCT certification.

Seminar FAQs

I recently took a seminar, and the instructor is not listed as an approved instructor, can I still submit the application?

No. To apply for the CDP certification for those who qualify for the CDP certification, the applicant must complete the ADDC seminar by a certified CADDCT trainer.

My Dementia seminar did not include an exam. Can I still submit my seminar as part of the requirements for obtaining certification?

NCCDP does not require an exam as part of the CDP application process. However, in the state in which you work, the state regulations may require a pretest or posttest to indicate your understanding of the ADDC seminar. You will need to check with your instructor and verify if there will be a test.

Other certifications, such as CPCHCP and CDSGF do require an online test to qualify for the credential.

What if the instructor does not wish to have the course approved, what recourse do I have to become certified?

Each application will be reviewed on a “case by case” basis. The NCCDP will need a copy of the class certificate and information regarding the modules you completed, titles and total hours. The curriculum you completed must cover all the modules listed on the NCCDP web site. We reserve the right to not approve a CDP® application, if the applicant did not complete the Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia Care seminar presented by an approved NCCDP instructor. It is the responsibility of the trainer to submit the ADDC seminar to credentialing bodies for CEU approval, if they choose to do so. It is not mandatory that they do this. If the course is CEU approved by a credentialing body, this information will be noted on your seminar certificate. Example: NCAPD Provider Number z00012.

How do I find the ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care seminar?

For seminars presented by NCCDP corporate trainers or seminars presented by certified CADDCT trainers, please see the seminar calendar posted on the NCCDP website. This is updated daily. NCCDP can also provide private seminars to your association conference or corporation. Please contact NCCDP for rates. The certified trainers also provide private trainings, and you can reach out to a CADDCT trainer near you. Only the NCCDP corporate staff can provide the CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer class. If you are searching for the CADDCT seminar dates and locations, please see the calendar or download the CADDCT registration form.

How do I find a class in my area?

At click on seminars and CALENDAR. The NCCDP approved Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Trainers load seminars daily. If you do not see a seminar in your state, you may either contact the trainer listed for your state and inquire about upcoming classes. Or contact the NCCDP corporate office and inquire about the NCCDP bringing the class to you. Some of the CADDCT trainers present the ADDC seminar online. You can sort the calendar by month, state, country, trainer name, title of course and online seminars.

When I complete the class, does the instructor provide a certificate as proof that I completed the NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Course?

Yes. All instructors are to provide you with a certificate of attendance. This certificate (copy) must be submitted with your online CDP® application.

What do I receive in the Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Seminar?

Each instructor should provide the student with an Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia Care Student Handout notebook.

Does the ADDC seminar count towards CEUs?

On the seminar certificate you received after the seminar, if your trainer submitted the course for CEU approval at a Credentialing body, that would be noted on your class certificate. If the Credentialing body is not listed on the seminar certificate, then the ADDC seminar is not CEU approved and the trainer did not present the ADDC curriculum to your credentialing body to get CEU approval. 

The CADDCT trainers are not required to submit a course for CEU approval. There are hundreds of credentialing bodies, and it is up to the trainer to pick which credentialing bodies to apply for CEU approval, should they choose to do so.

If you do not see your credentialing body on the seminar certificate, I recommend that you contact your credentialing body to ask if they will accept the 7 hours towards the required CEUs you need to renew your license or certification.

Once I complete the seminar, am I certified?

No. The instructor will hand you a document that is called a seminar certificate of completion. This is proof that you were in the ADDC seminar. Not everyone qualifies for CDP certification. If you qualify, you will upload a copy of the seminar certificate of attendance along with other supporting documents when you complete your CDP application.

Do you offer Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Seminar online?

The ADDC seminar can be presented live and online. Please check with the trainer regarding which platform they are using. You will need a laptop with speakers and a microphone. The ADDC seminar is interactive.


What is the Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Program?

The NCCDP offers Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer seminars for instructors and In-service directors who wish to present all-day training seminars on Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. The course includes the curriculum, an instructor manual, a student notebook, textbooks, tests, sample brochures, sample evaluations, certification as CDP®, and NCCDP instructor.

What steps do I need to take to become a CADDCT?

To apply for the CADDCT certification as a NEW member, log into our website. Click “Certifications” then click “CADDCT”. Complete your application, including uploading your resume, a sample in-service or other material that you have presented, and your college degree/online transcripts. You can choose a seminar date under “select a seminar”. Once you complete your application and provide payment, you will receive a confirmation email with further instructions. If you are an EXISTING member of NCCDP, log into your account and right above your current certification, click the tab that says “apply for another certification”. Choose “CADDCT” and follow the instructions above.

What is included in the CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Program?

The cost will include the ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Power Point curriculum on memory stick, instructor manual, master student handout notebook, text books (subject to change) on environment, diagnosis, communication, public speaking, NCCDP video titled Aging and Intimacy: Staff concerns working in home care and long term care, pretest, posttest (we do not require this but the state in which you present may require a pretest posttest) sample brochure, sample sign in sheet, sample seminar certification, information on marketing, applying for CEUs, what to charge for your services, databases and certification as a CDP and CADDCT. Please select certification and CADDCT to download the registration form which will lists; price, dates, qualifications, product, times, locations, etc.

Do I need to be a CDP® first before becoming a Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer?

You do not need to be a CDP® nor complete the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care seminar prior to enrolling in the CADDCT 12-hour seminar. The Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Seminar is presented in its entirety at the Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer seminar. Upon completion of the Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer class, you will be an approved NCCDP Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer CADDCT and a CDP®.

Where do I order CADDCT materials?

To order notebooks you have to create an account in the Mimeo marketplace. Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Log into the Instructor Only Section of the NCCDP website
  2. When you scroll down and click on “bulk orders”, you are now leaving NCCDP and entering Mimeo marketplace.
  3. There is a box in the middle of the page which asks for your password, pass code, and email address. BUT… just below that there’s a prompt that asks if you need an account. You need to click on that first, as the system sees you as a new user in the Mimeo system. Click on that first. Fill in the required fields. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU USE SOMETHING EASY TO REMEMBER LIKE “”NCCDPNOTEBOOKS””
  4. Once you have completed this section, you will now be able to enter the Mimeo marketplace.
  5. Try going into the Marketplace again, now using MakeMyDay as the pass code and use your created password and email address. You should have no problem.

Misc. Information

How do I reset my username or password?

To reset your username or password, please go to Under the login box, you will see an option to reset your username or password. If you are logged in and want to update your username or password, click on your current username in the top right corner of your Member Profile. Then select MY PROFILE. You can update your username and password, as well as your contact information here.

How do I change my name?

Email with your previous and current name for the change to be made.

How do I order a CDP pin?

To order a pin, please follow this link: or you can go to our Marketplace and click Order Pin.