Who Can Apply for the CDP Certification?
Answer: The CDP® certification is open to those who qualify to health care professionals, front line staff, and ancillary staff who work in private practice, nursing homes, assisted living communities, home care agencies, hospice care agencies, medical adult day care, hospitals, psychiatric communities, associations, management companies, government agencies; senior referral companies, mobile companies, churches and other companies who support the health care industry, etc. These professions include but are not limited to; Navigators, Senior Referral Specialists, Certified Senior Advisors, Alzheimer’s Whispers, Consultants, Activity Professionals, Recreation Therapists, Nurses, Nursing Assistants, Private Duty Aides, Social Workers, Physicians, State and Federal Surveyors, Administrators, Dietary Managers, Dietitians, Rehabilitation Staff, OT, PT and Speech, Dementia Unit Managers, MDS Coordinators, Art Therapists, Music Therapists, Aroma Therapists, Elder Care Attorneys, Clergy, Dementia Unit Managers, Marketing, Admission, Volunteer Directors, Executive Directors, Staff with Government agencies, Educators and others.
To qualify you must have at minimum, one year paid full time experience with an organization and completed the ADDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care seminar by an approved iccdp trainer or iccdp corporate staff.
If you are certified by another national or international organization or learning institution, iccdp does offer a grandfather option, which will allow you to bypass the iccdp ADDC seminar.
First Responders, Correctional Personnel and Volunteers please see the other certifications and the requirements.
Am I eligible to become a CDP?
Answer: Please go to the CDP page for more information.
How Do I apply for CDP Under the Grandfather option?
Answer: Answer: Click here to apply or click here for more information
How Do I apply for CMDCP with the International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioner?
Answer: go to www.iccdp.net
How long does it take to process my application?
Answer: If you apply online, your CDP application will be reviewed within 7 business days. If your application is approved, you will receive your CDP certification via email. If your application is denied or if there is information missing, the membership department will send you an email within 7 business days.
Corporations who are investing in their staff’s dementia education and certification, may set up a corporate group (10 minimum) account. The process is fast and easy. Please email email@example.com for directions. Once the account is set up, each employee will receive an email to log on to iccdp and complete their CDP application online. Each employee will need their own unique email address either personal or business email address. Once the application is reviewed and approved, the employee and the corporate designee will both receive the CDP certification. Please contact iccdp corporate for rates.
For all other certifications, please click on the certification and follow the directions. Most applications are reviewed within 7 business days.
Do I need a college degree to obtain certification?
Option 1: requires a license and or certification and a 4-year degree or nursing degree.
Option 3: requires a master’s degree or higher. No license or certification required.
Option 2: requires a license or certification. A college degree is not required
Option 4: does not require a license or certification. You will need a letter from your Executive Director that states the following; Per the state regulations, Your Name, does not require a license nor certification to hold the position.
What do I receive, once I am approved for certification?
Answer: You will receive a certification via email. All certified members will receive a quarterly E-Publication which is only available through the internet. You will need to make sure we have your email address. There is an additional charge for a hard copy of the certification to be mailed to you.
Who qualifies for CDCM® Certified Dementia Care Manager® Certification?
Answer: We recommend that you download the CDCM application. You must have a 4-year college degree or LPN, LVN or RN, at minimum 3-years’ experience in a geriatric health care setting , 1-year full time experience with direct supervision of a Alzheimer’s/ dementia unit/ memory care neighborhood or special care unit and, certified or licensed in a health care profession.
What is the CDP application fee?
see fees page
How do I find my certification number?
Answer: Your certification number is emailed to you via the online renewal reminder and the renewal card that was mailed to you. It is also listed on your certification. You can also login to your account where your certification(s) and number(s) will be listed.
I have a Dementia certification from another accrediting body or national organization, is there a CDP Grandfather Option?
Answer: Yes, we offer a Grandfather Option for those who have a Dementia certification from another governing body. You do not need to take Alzheimer's disease and Dementia Care seminar. You will need to provide a copy of the certification you received from the other governing body or national organization such as the National Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's Foundation of America, CPI. Please note that a certificate of attendance is not a certification.
How can I get a copy of my certification?
Answer: Log into your account and click on the DOWNLOAD CERTIFICATION link on your account page. Click on the MEMBER LOGIN link at the top right of any page. If you would like to have a certification mailed to you, there is an additional fee. See fees page
The new certification I received via email is missing information, for example, the signature, what do I do?
Answer: Your printer driver or firmware could be a source of misprints or failure to print. If you get an out of memory error, the PDF could be too large for the printer to process. Try printing to a different printer. Updating your printer driver may help.
There is a workaround if the above methods fail to resolve your PDF printing problems. With the document open, go to Print as usual. When the print options page opens up, click on the Advanced button. You will find a checkbox labeled as Print As Image. Click that box. You can also select a print resolution. 300 dpi is the default. Click OK to close the Advanced window. Click OK in the Print window to print the PDF file.
The signature on the certification I received via email does not show up.
- Please make sure that you have the latest version of Adobe PDF viewer or Adobe Acrobat
- If you have Google Chrome it has a built-in PDF viewer.... try that also.
- Have you tried printing out the certificate? Did the signature show in the printed version?
I have started the online application form. Can I return to it and complete it later?
Answer: Yes, press the SAVE button and you will be able to return to it at a later date. However, your incomplete application will be available for only 7 days. After 7 days, your incomplete and unpaid application will be automatically deleted.
How often is the curriculum updated?
Answer: Every two years or as needed.
I can't find my name on the REGISTRY.
Answer: One reason you may not be able to find your name on the certification registry is that the name we have in our database is not spelled correctly. Another reason, is that you may have placed a suffix following your name when you applied for certification- which is then recorded into the database. For example, when you applied for certification, you entered your name as, John Doe III with Doe III in the last name field. If this is the case, enter Doe III when you do a search for your name in the registry. Also, instead of entering your first and last name, try doing a search with either just your first name or your last name.
I have misplaced or lost my certification, how can I get a replacement?
Answer: Log into your account and download a copy. Or, have one mailed to you for a $50.00 fee.
My Certification expired, can I renew anyways, or do I have to retake the class again?
Answer: As long as it has not been more than 4 years you can renew online. After 4 years, your name is removed from the database and you will need to retake the seminar and reapply.
How do I verify if someone is a member of iccdp?
Answer: Please select certification and registry.