Certified Dementia Practitioner® CDP®

The CDP certification is only open to people living in the United States and who meet the qualifications certification as a CDP. See a list of professions that NCCDP accepts for CDP certification. For international professionals/front-line staff living outside the United States of America please go to www.iccdp.net.

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

Who can apply?

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.


Login to your account and if eligible to renew, a RENEW button RENEWAL BUTTON will be visible on your account page. The renewal button will show up 60 days prior to the expiration date.


The CDP online application form requires you to upload multiple documents in PDF, WORD, or JPG file format. Please have available the following documents before accessing the online CDP application form.

1. The ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia Care seminar certificate of completion was provided at the conclusion of the seminar to all applicants.

2. In addition, you will need to have available your ADDC instructor’s name, instructor certification number, location of the ADDC course you attended, and the date of the ADDC seminar. This information is provided on the class certificate document.

3. If you are a college graduate - a copy of your college diploma or transcripts.

4. If certified or licensed - a copy of your certification or license in a healthcare-related field or related industry, ie, CTRS, RN, CNA, PT, etc.

5. If not certified or licensed you will need a letter from your agency’s administrator on company letterhead indicating that per the state regulations, you are not required to have a certification or license to hold your position.

6. If not certified and or licensed, and certification or license is not required- If your state 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. If there is nothing in the state regulations pertaining to your profession then attach a letter from your administrator or owner that indicates this.

7. Association discount -. If you attended a state, national, or international association conference, please provide the association discount letter. In order to receive the discount, you will need to upload the association discount letter signed by the trainer of the ADDC seminar.


login to your account and if eligible to renew, a RENEW button will be visible on your account page.


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 daycare, 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.

A 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.


All certifications are emailed to you. You have the option to request a hard copy for an additional fee.


Online Application for Certification as a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP)
Print and mail in Application for Certification as a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP)

Certified Dementia Practitioner Grandfather Option
If you have a Dementia related certification from a national organization please download the CDP grandfather application. You do NOT need to take the ADDC seminar unless you choose to do so. You will need to provide a copy of your Dementia certification and the Dementia Certification must be in good standing. The certification must be from a national organization, international organization, or university. Click the CDP Grandfather application to see the other requirements.

Corporations requesting the corporate group (10 or more) discount

Ask us about corporate discounts for CDP Certification for your employees.

Corporate Group online application information.

Corporate Group administrator and group member online application form.

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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 a 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.

International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners

55 Main Street Suite 102
Sparta, NJ. 07871 USA
www.iccdp.net iccdpcorporate@iccdp.net

To: International Students: Outside of the United States of America

NCCDP sister company is the International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and offers a global Montessori dementia-specific certification called CMDCP Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional to USA and International professionals. Those who have completed a Montessori Dementia specific curriculum at either a national organization, international organization, or university may apply for the CMDCP certification under the grandfather option. ICCDP also offers the ADDC course online for International customers only. International customers who complete a live ADDC seminar in person by a CADDCT trainer or completed a comprehensive ADDC seminar either by a national, international, or university may apply for CDP certification under the grandfather option.

Steps to CDP certification:
Step 1: Go to www.iccdp.net
Step 3: Complete the online CDP application and be sure to select the grandfather option
Step 4: Load the class certificate provided to you in the Alzheimer's disease Dementia Care

Upon completing the application and submitting payment, your CDP certification will be emailed to you.

Renewal is every two years:

You will receive an e-mail reminder notice. If your e-mail address changes, please update your records immediately.

You will need 10 contact hours to renew. These are available ONLY through the ICCDP Online Learning Powered by NetCE. These must be completed before your expiration date to avoid a late fee.

See iccdp.net for fees.

Once you complete the online renewal CDP application a link will be sent to you to complete the 10-hour online course. Upon completing the 10 hours, your new CDP certification will be emailed to you.

Sneak preview of Sandra Stimson NCCDP Executives Director presenting the NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar to healthcare professionals, trainers, and dementia unit managers.  

"One Trainer Impacts The Quality of Care Provided By Thousands Of Healthcare Professionals, Front Line Staff and Students Who Provide Care To Our Most Vulnerable Elderly"

Lynn Biot Gordon LCSW CDP CADDCT CFRDT, Chief Operations Officer NCCDP Sandra Michelle Stimson AC-BC ADC CALA CDP CADDCT CDCM CFRDT, Cheif Executive Officer NCCP

"exceeding customer's expectations"

You ask why is it important to invest in our staff education and this quote says it all-
CFO asks CEO, “What happens if we invest in developing our people and then they leave us?”

CEO: “What happens if we don’t, and they stay?” ~Peter Baeklund

You cannot afford to wait to send your in-service director to our next CADDCT Certified Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia Care Trainer certification seminar. See the Trainer certification schedule and application.

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