Certification: Certified Dementia Practitioner® CDP®

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Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP)
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The CDP certification is only open to people who qualify living in the United States. For international persons please see www.iccdp.net.

NCCDP recommends that at minimum there should be one staff member per shift who is a Certified Dementia Practitioner®.

How Do I Obtain Certification?

Step one: Complete the live one day NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar by a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia Trainer. See a list of NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminars which is the required seminar for those pursuing certification as a CDP and who qualify for CDP.

Step two: Submit the CDP application for consideration.

bullet Application for Certification as a Certified Dementia Practitioner® (CDP® )
bullet Options to Follow for Certification


Congratulations to the following companies who have invested in their staff education and provided comprehensive NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Education and invested in their staff certification as Certified Dementia Practitioner® CDP® and or / certified their staff educator as NCCDP Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer CADDCT and / or certified their Dementia Unit Manager as Certified Dementia Care Manager® CDCM®. Congratulations and Thank you for investing in your staff education and certification.      



Are You Certified As a Certified Dementia Practitioner®?

Join the thousands who have completed the Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia training and the CDP® certification process.

This certification is open to all health care professionals, front line staffs and Clergy who work in health care settings such as; Administrators, Assistant Administrators, Dementia Unit Managers, Nurses, Social Workers, Nursing Assistants, Home Health Aides, Personal Care Assistants, Activity Professionals, Therapeutic Recreation, Dietitians, PT, OT, Speech, Physicians, Alzheimer’s coach, Dementia Consultants, Dementia Trainers, Alzheimer’s Coaches,  Corporate Trainer, Educators, Professional Patient Advocates, Geriatric Care Managers, Certified Senior Advisors, Administrators, Health Care Educators, Nurse Educators, Consultants, Music Therapists, Art Therapists, Chiropractors, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Consultants,  etc. who work in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living, home care agencies, hospice agencies, Life Plan Communities, Independent Living Communities, adult day care, senior centers, senior living communities, associations, management companies, government agencies, associations, etc. 

Does everyone qualify for the CDP® Certification?

Anyone can attend the NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar. If you are pursuing certification as a CDP®, you must complete the NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar by an approved NCCDP Instructor. Not everyone will qualify for CDP® certification. The seminar is but one of the requirements for those pursuing certification as a CDP®. Please download the application to determine if you qualify for CDP® certification and to determine which track you would follow when pursuing certification as a CDP®.

The CDP® certification represents:

The CDP® certification represents that the front line staff and health care professional has received comprehensive knowledge in the area of dementia care,  achievement  in completing the Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care course /seminar,  met the NCCDP requirements for CDP® certification, applied for the CDP® certification and received the CDP® certification. The CDP® commits to ongoing professional development through NCCDP Staff Education Week or other educational opportunities and re-certification every two years. A CDP® certification reflects a deep personal commitment on the part of the front line staff, health care professional and the organization’s sense of accountability by abiding by NCCDP the Ethic’s statement, inspiring confidence and dedication in an individual's professional knowledge through quality of life and quality of care provided by the CDP® to the dementia patient.

Practitioner is one who practices a profession. Webster's Dictionary

The CDP certification is in itself not a profession rather it is a compliment to the professional credentials and training you already have obtained in your chosen profession and your choice to work with the geriatric profession. 

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.

bullet Application for Certification as a Certified Dementia Practitioner® (CDP® )
bullet Certified Dementia Practitioner® Grandfather Option
bullet For international orders please click here 
bullet Options to Follow for Certification
bullet See a list of NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminars which is the required seminar for those who are pursuing certification as a CDP® and who qualify for CDP®.
bullet Top 10 Reasons Join Our Organization As a CDP® Certified Dementia Practitioner®, CDCM® Certified Dementia Care Manager®, Certified Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care Trainer CADDCT, Associate Member or Corporate Member
bullet Why become certified?
bullet Benefits of CDP® Certification
bullet Registry of Certified Dementia Practitioners®
bullet How to Appeal
bullet Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care course requirements
bullet Fees
bullet Ask us about Corporate discounts for CDP® Certification for your employees
bullet Ask us about conference discounts for CDP® Certification for your members
bullet CDP® renewal
bullet Corporate Discount for Renewal Certification
bullet NCCDP Online Learning for CEU's
bullet CEU Program for CDP's in good standing
bullet Accepted CEUS for renewal of Certification (Body of Knowledge)
bullet Replacement Certificate Order Form
bullet Change of Address Form
bullet Change of Name Form
bullet Instructor / Course Evaluation
bullet Need CEUs to renew your CDP®? - Download each approved article for a low price. 
Take the quiz for Free and get your Free CEUs. Each is worth 2 CEUs toward your CDP® renewal.
bullet Purchase CDP Pin
bullet Access my Account - Log In
bullet Retrieve Certification Number

The CDP® application must be mailed within 30 days of taking the NCCDP approved NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar by an approved NCCDP instructor. If you have a compelling reason why you have not sent in your application and it is after the 30 day deadline, please contact the NCCDP to discuss at 1 877 729 5191.

Financial Difficulty: Times are tough right now. If you are currently unemployed and cannot afford the renewal fee please give us call to discuss in confidence and we will work with you.

The policy of the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners is to not offer our mailing lists for sale. For that reason and to protect the privacy of our participants, we do not post their addresses.


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