FAQ About Dementia Certification

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Answers to your questions about Dementia Care Specialist Certifications

1. What does being Dementia Care Specialist Certified mean?

Being Dementia Care Specialist Certified means that you:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to person‐centered care for people with dementia.
  • Distinguish yourself from other long‐term care professionals by having documented expertise as a dementia care professional.
  • Help create a Dementia Capable Society.

2. What are the dementia certification requirements?

You earn Dementia Care Specialist Certification by:

  • Successfully completing the one‐day Dementia Capable Care: Foundation Course as taught by a CPI Global Professional Instructor or by your organization’s Certified Instructor.
  • If you’re taught by your organization’s Certified Instructor, you must pass the follow‐up online certification exam with a score of 80% or higher. The exam can be taken up to three times without having to re‐attend the Foundation Course.
  • If you attend the Dementia Capable Care: Foundation Course taught by a CPI Global Professional Instructor, you receive this certification after passing the in-class post-test.
You earn Advanced Dementia Care Specialist: Behaviors Certification by:
  • Successfully completing the Dementia Capable Care: Foundation and Behaviors Courses as taught by a CPI Global Professional Instructor or by your organization’s Certified Instructor.
  • If you’re taught by your organization’s Certified Instructor, you must pass the follow‐up online certification exam with a score of 80% or higher. The exam can be taken up to three times without having to re‐attend the Foundation and Behaviors Courses.
  • If you attend the Dementia Capable Care: Foundation and Behaviors Courses taught by a CPI Global Professional Instructor, you receive this certification after passing the in-class post-test.

3. Who can become certified?

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 course(s).

5. How is the online certification exam different from the post‐test in the course workbook(s)?

The post‐test in the course workbook(s) is/are still an important part of the classroom experience. The online 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 content.

6. If someone has completed the Foundation Course and/or Behaviors Course in the past and wants to earn the Dementia Care Specialist certifications now, what are the parameters?

Course Type Time Passed Since Course Completion Certification Requirements/Process
Course(s) was/were facilitated by a CPI Global Professional Instructor Immediately after completing course(s) Pass the in-class post-test(s).
Course(s) was/were facilitated by a Certified Instructor at their Base of Employment Fewer than 6 months Pass the online certification exam at no charge.
More than 6 months Re-attend the course(s) from a Certified Instructor (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis) and pass the online certification exam at no charge.

7. What do individuals receive when they meet the certification requirements?

When you meet all the requirements, you’ll receive a personalized wall certificate in the mail.

8. How long is the certification valid? When does it need to be renewed?

Dementia Care Specialist Certifications are valid for two years from the date shown on the certificate (the day the certification exam was successfully completed).

9. How is the CPI Blue CardTM connected with this certification?

The CPI Blue Card™ represents completion of Dementia Capable Care: Foundation coursework and includes a code that’s unique to each participant. Participants use that code to take the online certification exam, as it verifies their eligibility to earn this certification.

10. How do participants receive the certification exam?

  • If course(s) was/were facilitated by a CPI Global Professional Instructor, participants take the post-test(s) found in their course workbook(s).
  • If course(s) was/were facilitated by a Certified Instructor at the participant’s Base of Employment, the Certified Instructor will document the training through our online training portal and participants will then receive a link to take the online certification exam.

11. Are there additional CEUs associated with this certification (beyond the contact hours applied to Dementia Capable Care classroom work)?

Not at this time.

Alyssandra-McKaye.jpg“Since we are better prepared to determine (and focus on) each person’s best ability to function, activities, programs, and approaches are more relevant and prevalent! Each resident’s quality of life is improved as dignity and ability are increased through these approaches.
— Alyssandra McKaye, Memory Care Director, Winchester House

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