CARES Dementia Specialist
What is the C.D.S. credential?

The CARES® Dementia Specialist (C.D.S.) credential is a way to be recognized for completing the entire CARES®: online dementia care training curriculum (6 courses/32 modules/32 hours) and passing the C.D.S. credentialing exam.

What do caregivers say about the C.D.S. credential and the CARES®Approach?

How does the C.D.S. credential benefit me?

By completing this program, you will be more adept at connecting with the individual, understanding different types of behavior as communication, and helping the individual through their daily life by having learned new techniques and mindsets.

After completing the C.D.S. requirements and being approved, you will be able to use the C.D.S. credential after your name, on your resume, and on a business card. You will receive a C.D.S. recognition package including an official letter of recognition and a CARES Dementia Specialist lapel pin. You will also be placed on our international registry.

How will the C.D.S. credential help advance my career?

As a professional, this credentialing program allows you to be recognized for completing the highest quality online video-based dementia care training in the country and become a dementia care leader in your workplace or community. You will be able to add the "C.D.S." credential after your name, on a business card, or on your resume.

Your listing on the C.D.S. International Registry will allow you to be recognized and set yourself apart from your peers. Individuals who have completed the C.D.S. program report gaining new job positions or promotions after getting their credential.

What are the C.D.S. requirements?

To earn your C.D.S. credential, you need to complete the following steps:

  1. Complete all six CARES Online Training Programs:
    • CARES Dementia Basics
    • CARES Dementia Advanced Care
    • CARES Dementia-Related Behavior
    • CARES Activities of Daily Living
    • CARES End-of-Life Dementia Care
    • CARES Dementia Care for Families

  2. Take and pass the 100-point C.D.S. credentialing exam with 90% or higher correct.
    (If you do not pass the exam, you can take it again at no additional cost.)

  3. Submit your documentation for approval.

How long do I have to complete each program?

The C.D.S. program is totally flexible, and you are in control. You will have 10 days to complete each of the CARES programs, but you decide when to begin each 10-day period (you can take a break between courses). Begin with CARES Dementia Basics, and then complete the other courses in any order.

How long is the C.D.S. credential valid?

Once approved, your C.D.S. Credential is good for two years. Approximately six months before your expiration date, you will receive an automated e-mail encouraging you to begin the renewal process.

How much does the C.D.S. program cost?

The C.D.S. professional credentialing program is available for only $499.95 per person. This includes 32 hours of CARES online dementia-care training, the credentialing exam, the C.D.S. recognition package, and a listing on the C.D.S. International Registry!

You can pay with a credit card for immediate access. Or, mail in your payment when it is the most convenient for you (you will have access to the program within 1 business day of when your check arrives).

Previous CARES Customers: If you have previously completed any of the CARES courses above, you qualify for a discount. Call us at (952) 928-7722 and we will assist you with placing your order.

CARES Complete Catalog Subscribers: If your organization subscribes to the CARES Complete Catalog, you already have access to all of the online programs required for the C.D.S. Call us at (952) 928-7722 for special pricing on the C.D.S. Credentialing Exam Voucher.


CARES® Dementia Specialist (C.D.S.) Credentialing Program - $499.95

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