The C.D.S. Credential
Become a CARES® Dementia Specialist (C.D.S.) and get recognized for successfully completing the entire HealthCare Interactive CARES® online dementia training curriculum (6 courses/32 modules/32 hours) and passing the C.D.S. credentialing exam. By completing these requirements, submitting your training documentation, and being approved, you will be able to use the C.D.S. credential after your name, on your resume, or on a business card. You will also be placed on our national registry.
Programs You Need to Complete
The CARES® curriculum consists of 32 hours of online dementia education. You will have 10-day access to each of the individual programs. You may begin each 10-day access period on the date of your choice (you can take a break between courses). We recommend you begin with CARES Dementia Basics. Then, complete the other 5 courses in any order you wish.
If you have previously completed any of the courses above, please call us at (952) 928-7722 and we will assist you with placing your order with the appropriate discount.
Take Your Credentialing Exam
After you have completed all of the above programs, you will be given access to take the C.D.S. credentialing exam. You must pass the exam with a score of 90% or higher. If you do not pass the exam, you can take it again at no additional cost. Any notes you take when completing the programs can be used on the credentialing exam. The exam is divided by program, so you can reference notes from each program for each section of the exam.
Submit Your Documentation for Approval
Once you complete all CARES courses and pass the CARES credentialing exam, you must submit your documentation for approval to officially become a CARES Dementia Specialist.Print the form below, fill it out, attach copies of your training certificates and C.D.S. exam certification, and submit to HealthCare Interactive for approval. Once we verify you have met all of the requirements, we will e-mail you with an official confirmation and will mail your recognition package to you.
Renewing Your C.D.S. Credential
Your CARES Dementia Specialist credential is valid for two years from the date of approval. Approximately six months before your expiration date, you will receive an automated e-mail encouraging you to begin the renewal process. Special versions of CARES programs are available for recertification at a 50% discount and with only 10 minute requirements for each module (not 40 minutes). Once you have met the C.D.S. requirements and submitted your materials for re-evaluation, your C.D.S. credential will be extended for another two-year period.
Purchase - Individuals
Purchase the CARES® Complete Catalog for Individuals (with CARES Dementia Specialist Credential) for $199.95. This gives you everything you need to access all programs, take credentialing exam, and earn your CARES Dementia Specialist (C.D.S.) credential.
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