General Standards for CDP
Certified Dementia Practitioner

Applications must be submitted within 60 days upon completing the
Alzheimer's and dementia course. If you are unable to submit within the deadline,
please contact the NCCDP for further instructions.

GED or High School Diploma if following Track 2
College Graduate if following Track 1. The degree must be from an Accredited College
or University.

Must have current license or certification in your health care field.

Must have completed at minimum, a 7 - hour seminar that has been approved by
NCCDP on Alzheimer’s and Dementia. This is a minimum of 7 - hours.

The certification is for two years. At which time, you will need to renew your certification.
To apply for continued certification, you will need to complete at minimum 10 hours of
continuing education in the area of Dementia or Alzheimer’s. Please refer to the body of
knowledge. You will receive a notice in the mail ( 2 months prior to the deadline) of your
deadline for renewal.

Individuals (Track 2) without a college degree will provide additional In-Service’s (5)
provided by their place of employment (health care setting).

Track 1: Must have 3 years of experience in a health related field.
Track 2: Must have 4 years of experience in a health related field.
Track 3: If you are not certified or licensed in a health care profession but have a
Masters or PhD with 5 years experience.

Note: Registered Nurses and LPN please follow track 1.

General Standards for Option 4 (No licenses, certifications, or degrees)

The NCCDP recognizes most accrediting bodies and also recognizes that some state
regulations for long term care facilities, adult day care, hospitals and home care
agencies do not require certification or license for certain professions.

This option is only for the following professions: Agency Owners, Admissions Directors,
Marketing Directors, Activity & Recreation Professionals, Clergy, Volunteer
Coordinators, Social Workers, In-Service Directors, and Long Term Care Consultants.
Additionally, Home Care assistants and Personal Care Assistants and Nursing
Assistants.

Must have a minimum of 5 years of experience in geriatric health related field.

Must have completed at minimum, the 7 hour NCCDP Comprehensive Dementia
Curriculum taught by an approved NCCDP Certified Instructor

*For Nursing Assistants (Aides), Personal Care Assistants (Aides) and Home Health
Assistants (Aides). You must have completed a state required course and attach the
certificate. If your state does not require a state approved course, than attach a
certificate from your company stating you have completed the company training.

Must attach to this application a letter from your administrator which states that you are
employed by the facility or home care agency and qualified under your state
requirements to hold the title and position for which you are employed.

If your state long term care regulations do not require or indicate a certification or
license for your profession/title, please attach a copy of the state regulation that
indicates the criteria/qualifications for your profession/title or a letter from your
administrator.

The certification is for two years. At which time, you will need to renew your certification.
To apply for continued certification, you will need to complete at minimum 10 hours of
continuing education in the area of Dementia or Alzheimer’s. Please refer to the
Education Criteria. You will receive a notice in the mail ( 2 months prior to the deadline)
of your deadline for renewal.                                            
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