Why become certified?
"Don't just meet the minimum state regulations regarding dementia education...exceed them!"
Qualified vs. Certified.
To apply for CDP® , a health care professional must currently hold a current license or certification in a health care related profession. If you are not Certified or Licensed in a health care profession, please see option 4. For most professionals, many have been exposed to clients with Dementia. Many have attended In-Services and seminars that deal with Dementia Issues and Behavior Issues. You may be qualified to work with this special population but not certified. Certified (CDP® Certified Dementia Practitioner®) states that you have taken your profession to the next level. It states clearly that you are educated in the field of Dementia. Not only are you qualified to work with dementia clients but also you’re certified. Certification standards require education, experience and continuing education. Certification requires that the CDP® stays current with trends, ethics, regulations, medications and new developments that pertain to Dementia.
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.