Options to Follow for Certified Dementia Practitioner® CDP® Certification

"Don't just meet the minimum state regulations regarding dementia education...exceed them!"
Sandra Stimson, CADDCT CALA, ADC, CDP®

OPTIONS

There are 5 Options for CDP®. Please read the following options carefully to see which criteria your qualifications meet. All options require completion of the one day live training NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar by an NCCDP Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer CADDCT or an NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar conducted by the NCCDP corporate staff.

To find an NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar, please click here

Notice: While certification promotes and maintains quality, it does not license, confer a right or privilege upon or otherwise define the qualifications of anyone in the healthcare field.

Applications must be submitted within 30 days upon completing the Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia course. If you are unable to submit within the deadline, please contact the NCCDP for further instructions.

OPTION 1

RN/LPN/ LVN/NP or College Graduate (4 yrs) with a degree from an Accredited College or University.

  • Must have a minimum of 1 year of experience in a geriatric health care related field.
  • Must have completed the 7-hour NCCDP Comprehensive Alzheimer's Disease Dementia Care Curriculum taught by an approved NCCDP Certified Alzheimer's Instructor.

You will need to provide a copy of the Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care class certificate provided to you at the seminar.

College graduates: You will be required to provide a copy of your college diploma.

Nurse: You will be required to provide your nurse license or certification #, the agency that licensed or certified you, and the license/certification expiration date.

OPTION 2
GED or High School Diploma.

  • Must have a current license or certification in the health care field. You will need to provide a copy of the certification or license with your application.
  • Must have a minimum of 1 year of experience in a geriatric health care related field.
  • Must have completed the 7-hour NCCDP Comprehensive Alzheimer's Disease Dementia Care Curriculum taught by an approved NCCDP Certified Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Instructor.

You will need to provide a copy of the Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care class certificate provided to you at the seminar.

OPTION 3
Graduate degree from an accredited College or University.

  • Must have a minimum of 1 year of experience in a geriatric health care related field/setting.
  • Must have completed the 7-hour NCCDP Comprehensive Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Care Curriculum taught by an approved NCCDP Certified Alzheimer's Disease Dementia Care Instructor.

You will need to provide a copy of the Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care class certificate provided to you at the seminar.

Provide a copy of your diploma.

OPTION 4
No license or certification.

  • The NCCDP recognizes most accrediting bodies and also recognizes that some state regulations, federal regulations, and country regulations for long term care facilities, assisted living facilities, CCRC, Independent Living Communities, adult daycare, hospitals, psychiatric facilities, home care agencies, and hospice agencies do not require certification or license for certain professions.
  • This option is only for the following professions: Agency Owners, Admissions Directors, Bereavement Coordinator, Marketing Directors, Activity & Recreation Professionals, Clergy, Volunteer Coordinators, Social Workers, In-Service Directors, Assistant Administrators, Dementia Unit Managers, Consultants, Home Care Assistants, Personal Care Assistants, Nursing Assistants, Trainers / Educators (Trade Schools, Two Year Colleges and 4 Year Universities). There may be other professions where certification or license is not required to hold your position. Please check with the NCCDP if you do not see your profession listed.
  • Must have a minimum of 1 year of experience in geriatric health care related field or training institution.
  • Must have completed the 7-hour NCCDP Comprehensive Alzheimer's Disease Dementia Care Curriculum A(DDC) taught by an approved NCCDP Alzheimer's Dementia Certified Instructor.

Applicants must provide a copy of the ADDC class certificate provided to you at the seminar.

  • *For Nursing Assistants (Aides), Personal Care Assistants (Aides), and Home Health Assistants (Aides) Senior Companions, the applicant must have completed a state/country required course and attach the certificate of completion for that course. The course is either taught by your state or country or by the agency where you work. If your state/country does not require a state/country approved course, attach a certificate or letter signed by your Administrator on company letterhead stating you have completed the company training. If you took a state or country required course please attach the certificate of attendance.
  • Must attach to this application a letter from your administrator which states that you are employed by the facility or agency and qualified under your state or country requirements to hold the title and position for which you are employed.
  • If your state/country regulations do not require or indicate a certification or license for your profession/title, please attach a copy of the state or country regulation that indicates the criteria/qualifications for your profession/title. If there is nothing in the state/country regulations pertaining to your profession then attach a letter from your administrator or owner that indicates this.

Option 5
Grandfather.

This option is only open for health care professionals who have dementia or Alzheimer's disease certification and or dementia or Alzheimer’s disease trainer certification from another national governing body or university. This option does not require you to take the NCCDP Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care 8 hour live seminar. We do not accept college certificate programs in lieu of certification. Certification is different than a certificate of completion. The certification document you received will have an expiration date and sometimes a certification number.

To qualify you must meet the following criteria:

  • Certified in dementia or Alzheimer’s disease by another national organization or university. Or certified as an Alzheimer’s disease or dementia trainer by another national organization or university.
  • Licensed or certified in a health care profession and or an educator for a learning institution.
  • A graduate of a 4-year university or a nurse.
  • 1 year of paid work experience in a healthcare-related setting or a learning institution.

The following documents must be attached with your grandfather option application:

1. Copy of your college transcripts or degree. Except for nurses, please provide from the state registry the information showing your license or certification is in good standing.

2. A copy of your license or certification such as ADC, LNHA, etc. Except for nurses, please provide off the state registry the information showing your license is in good standing.

3. A letter on company letterhead from your supervisor stating you are employed. Your work experience can include more than one company.

4. Resume.

 

Corporate Group Discount:

The NCCDP offers a corporate group (10 or more) employee discount if the company is investing in multiple employees certification and when the NCCDP Alzheimer's disease and dementia training took place on the company premises. Ask your CADDCT trainer for the corporate group discount form.

Please contact NCCDPCorporate@www.nccdp.org who will assist you with setting up the corporate group account.

Association Member Discount:

The NCCDP offers a discount to attendees who completed an NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care seminar at a state, national or international conference and presented by an NCCDP CADDCT trainer. Ask your NCCDP CADDCT® Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer® for the association discount form. You will be asked to upload the form with your CDP application and supporting documents within 30 days of the conference.

Click here to review fees for CDP certification.

Notice: While certification promotes and maintains quality, it does not license, confer a right or privilege upon or otherwise define the qualifications of anyone in the healthcare field.

 

 

"Don't just meet the minimum state regulations regarding dementia education...exceed them!"

Lynn Biot Gordon, LCSW CDP CADDCT CFRDT CMDCP, Chief Operations Officer NCCDP

Sandra Stimson, CADDCT CALA, ADC, CDP, CDCM, Chief Executive Officer NCCDP