bullet Certification Information and Application
bullet Lost Password?


1) What is the process for becoming a Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional?

a. Complete the online application form
b. Submit payment
c. Once ICCDP approves the application form we will provide you with access to the online course at International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners ICCDP web site. DO NOT REGISTER FOR A COURSE AT ICCDP 1ST. You must apply at ICCDP first.
d. Take the online course at the link that we provde you
e. Successfully pass the exam. You will have two tries to pass the online exam.
f. After you pass the exam you will be eligible to become a Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional.

2) How long will it take for you to review my application?

Answer: 7 business days. If you have not heard from us in 7 days please contact us immediately.

3) How much will it cost?

Answer: Please see the fees page.

4) What is your refund policy?

Answer: Your CMDCP® application is refundable only if we determine that you do not meet our criteria to become a CMDCP. You will receive your refund within 30 business days. Once you submit payment for the online course, no refund will be issued for the course fee.

5) How long do I have to complete the online course?

Answer: 30 days

6) After I complete my online course work how long will it take to obtain my certification?

Answer: Within 24 hours. After you have completed the course, passed the test and completed the online evaluation a certificate will be issued to you to download from the testing site. You will also receive a certificate via email.



bullet Lost Password?

1) Where do I go to take the online course?

Answer: The link to the online course and tests will be provided to you via email and in your personal account page once your application has been approved.

2) How much does it cost?

Answer: Please see the fees page.

3) Can I get a refund if I'm not able to complete the course?

Answer: No, Once you have paid for the online course refunds will not be issued.

4) Can I get a refund if I fail the exam?

Answer: No, refunds are not issued once payment has been made to take the class.

5) Follow these instructions to take the online course:

To complete the Montessori Dementia Care Professional Course:

  1. Go to the link provided you in the email sent to you after application or view the link in your account page.
  2. Once at ICCDP, click on “Register Here” to set up your user account.
  3. Log in with the user name and password that you created.
  4. You will see a menu bar at the top of the screen. Click on “Course Catalog.”
  5. Click on “Catalog: International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners”
  6. You will see “Montessori Dementia Care” listed as a course offering.
  7. Select the course and complete your purchase.
  8. To access your course once purchased, click on “My Account” on the top menu bar.
  9. You will see the course in your list of purchased courses.
  10. You may now complete the course by clicking on the green “Go” button.
  11. You may stop at any time and resume the course where you left off. There are short practice quizzes at the end of each course module, and a final quiz at the end of the course.

bullet Tips and Troubleshooting Guide for taking the Online Course at ICCDP






bullet Access the CMDCP Member Account Panel
bullet Lost Password?

1) What is the CMDCP Member Account Panel?

Answer: The CMDCP Member Account Panel is a password protected page accessible only to you and to the ICCDP team. The Account Panel contains your account information including your name, contact information, when your certification needs to be renewed, and other information about your CMDCP status.

2) What can I do within the CMDCP Member Account Panel?

Answer: You are able to update your password and your contact information. A link to the online course section will be provided on this page.

3) I have forgotten my password. How do I retrieve it?

Answer: prior to entering the Account Panel there is a link to retrieve your username and/or password. Click here to retrieve your password.



bullet Lost Password?
bullet Contact us form

1. How long does it take to process my application?

Answer: Please allow 7 business to process your application from the date the ICCDP Membership Services receives your application. We appreciate your patience.

2. Who should I contact in event of a question about my application?

Answer: Please use the contact ICCDP page to contact us.

3. What is the Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Program?

Answer: The NCCDP / ICCDP offers Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer workshops for seasoned instructors and In-service directors who wish to present all day training seminars on Dementia / Alzheimer’s Disease. The course includes the Power Point disk, overhead copies, master hand out notebook, text books, DVD, tests, sample brochures, sample evaluations, certification as CDP and ICCDP instructor. The course is only taught in the United States at this time. For more information please go to the CADDCT web page.

4. How long is the CMDCP certification good for and do I have to renew.

Answer: Two years and yes you will receive a reminder notice to renew. You can also check your CMDCP member account control panel to view information about your certification status.

5. Do I have to submit additional CEU’s when I renew my certification in two years?

Answer: Yes. You will be required to take 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) every 2 years from International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (ICCDP) to maintain your certification. You may obtain credits from our online continuing education service.

6. Do I need a college degree to obtain certification?

Answer: Yes. Here is the full qualification criteria to to be eligible foro CMDCP:

Must have a four year degree or a two year degree from an accredited college or university or a nurse.

Must be certified or licensed in a health care profession unless the state or country regulations or laws where you work or employed does not require a license or certification to hold your position.

Must have three years of full time employment in the health care industry to include; nursing homes, assisted living communities, medical or social adult day care, hospitals, home care or hospice agency, rehabilitation center, psychiatric facility, memory care centers, private consulting companies, associations, government agencies, etc.


7. What do I receive, once I am approved for certification?

Answer: You will receive a certification via online download and email that you can printout.. Also, you will receive a quarterly newsletter via email.

8. My company wishes to become a corporate sponsor, is this possible?

Answer: We welcome corporate sponsorship. Please email us by using the contact us form in confidence

9. How Many CEU Do I Need to Renew My Certification?

Answer: You will need 4 CEU's directly from International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (ICCDP). You will need to renew your certification 1st and then take the online course work with ICCDP.

10. I have not received an email reply.

Answer: We return all e-mails immediately if they come in Monday to Friday 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. EST. Otherwise if an e-mail comes in over the weekend we will respond ASAP on Monday.


11. What is the Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional (CMDCP) application fee?

Answer: Please see the Fees page.

12. What is the fee for the online Montessori Dementia Care Curriculum by International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (ICCDP)?

Answer: Please see the Fees page.

13. Need support from ICCDP?

Contact us at


14. Appeal Process. My application was denied. How can I appeal the denial?

Answer: If you are not awarded a certification and you wish to appeal, please write a letter to:

Executive Appeal
1A Main Street, Suite 8
Sparta, NJ  07871-1909

You must send a typed letter that includes: Email address, your name, address and phone number, reason for denial and why you are appealing the decision. The ICCDP Executive Appeal Committee will reach a decision after reviewing your application. All decisions reached by the Executive Appeal Committee are final.  Please allow 6 to 8 weeks to process.

Note: If you are not approved for certification your payment will be returned to you. Your application will be kept on file along with you supporting documents and will not be returned to you.  


15. I have received my certification in PDF format. When printing the certification, the signature line is blank.

Answer: You may need to make a settings change for your printer. Click here for detail on how to do this.


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.

Step One
Apply for Certification
Step Two
Wait for approval of your application
Step Three
Once approved, take online course
Step Four
Complete course, test, & evaluation
Step Five
ICCDP will email certification to you
Step Six
Renew every two years
Step One
Sign up for a seminar- see calendar to find a live trainer
Step Two
Take the seminar and complete the evaluation
Step Three
Return to ICCDP and complete a grandfather application
Step Four
Wait for approval. ICCDP will email your certification to you
Step Five
Renew every two yearsu

Certified Dementia Practitioner ® CDP®, Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional® CMDCP® and
Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional Trainer CMDCPT

The CDP®, CMDCP®, and CMDCPT are global certifications recommended for those working in the health care industry and with the geriatric population. These certifications are a compliment to your chosen profession. The CDP®, CMDCP® or CMDCPT are not a profession, but rather a level of additional Dementia training and Dementia certification that you have received in the area of Dementia care that will enable the health care professional to provide compassionate care.

The CDP® and CMDCP® certifications are a commitment by the professional to end elder abuse and neglect through continuous training in the area of Dementia Care. Worldwide there lacks standardization in the requirements of Dementia education for front line staff and health care professionals, elder care attorneys, educators, geriatric managers who work in learning institutions, psychiatric facilities, rehabilitation centers, associations, government agencies, nursing homes, assisted living, senior communities, adult day care, hospitals, home care and hospice agencies and 55 plus communities.