“That change from seeing disability to seeing ability was the catalyst. So at that point, five years into my career, I felt like my heart had now been enabled to serve.” —Kim Warchol
Recognition for Dementia Care Professionals.
Your exemplary care and dedication to your clients, colleagues, and facility deserve to be recognized and supported.
Dementia Care Specialist Certification is a formal recognition of your commitment and leadership as a dementia care professional. It’s a mark of distinction within the health care and long-term care industries that offers you, and your employer, a competitive advantage.
Anyone employed in a health care setting can achieve this honor, which represents the complete package of academic excellence and practical application.
With this mark of distinction, you will:
Two Steps to Certification
- Gain the skills to raise the quality of dementia care your facility provides.
- Have an opportunity to influence your facility's standard of care.
- Distinguish yourself with documented expertise as a dementia care professional.
- Gain access to our online library of dementia-related articles, videos, and webinars.
- Become part of a peer network for upskilling, problem solving, and best-practice sharing.
- Receive your certification document from DCS at no charge.
- Complete the Dementia Capable Care: Foundation Course.
- Complete the free follow-up certification exam.
1. What does being Dementia Care Specialist Certified mean?
FAQ About Dementia Certification
Being Dementia Care Specialist Certified means that you have a:
2. What are the certification requirements?
- Demonstrated commitment to a person‐centered care model for people with dementia.
- Desire to distinguish yourself from other long‐term care professionals by having documented expertise as a dementia care professional.
- Shared pursuit of a Dementia Capable Society.
A person earns this certification by:
3. Who can become certified?
- Successfully completing the one‐day Dementia Capable Care: Foundation Course as taught by a CPI Global Professional Instructor or by an organization’s Certified Instructor.
- Passing the follow‐up certification exam with a score of 80% or greater. The exam can be taken up to three times without having to re‐attend the Foundation Course.
Anyone employed in a health care setting can become Dementia Care Specialist Certified. There are no limitations other than the person must be a health care professional. Dementia Care Specialist Certification is not intended for family caregivers.
4. Is there a fee for taking the exam?
There is no fee for taking the certification exam beyond the cost of attending the Foundation Course
5. How is the certification exam different from the Foundation Course post‐test?
The Foundation Course
post‐test is still an important part of the classroom experience. The certification exam is designed to take the classroom experience to the next level of competence and confidence by testing an individual’s ability to apply Dementia Capable Care
6. If someone has completed the Foundation Course in the past and wants to become Dementia Care Specialist Certified now, what are the parameters?
7. What do individuals receive when they meet the certification requirements?
When individuals meet all the requirements, they receive a wall certificate and a congratulatory letter from Kim Warchol, OTR/L, president and founder of Dementia Care Specialists.
8. How long is the certification valid? When does it need to be renewed?
Dementia Care Specialist Certification is valid for two years from the date shown on the certificate (the day the certification exam was successfully completed).
9. How is the CPI BlueCard™ connected with this certification?
The CPI BlueCard™ represents completion of Dementia Capable Care
coursework and includes a code that's unique to each participant. Participants use that code to take the certification exam as it verifies their eligibility to earn this certification.
10. How do participants receive the certification exam?
11. Are there additional CEUs associated with this certification (beyond the contact hours applied to Dementia Capable Care classroom work)?
- Open enrollment program participants receive the exam as a PDF attachment to an email in the week following the course.
- On‐site program participants receive the exam from the facility’s contact person.
- Participants taught by a Certified Instructor within their Base of Employment receive the exam from their Certified Instructor.
Not at this time.
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