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Do you provide care for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s? The Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ® certification program is a convenient way for individuals to be recognized for learning quality dementia care practices. The essentiALZ program combines select HealthCare Interactive CARES® online dementia care training with Alzheimer’s Association certification exams.

EssentiALZ certification is ideal for family members as well as staff at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice, home health organizations, adult day programs, governmental and social service agencies, and police, fire, and other first responders.

For a complete list of our professional pricing options, view and print our CARES, essentiALZ, and essentiALZ Plus professional training and certification pricing list. If you are a caregiver in Florida, see the pricing list for our Florida-approved training programs.

  • You must be 16 years of age or older to participate in the essentiALZ certification program.
  • Complete CARES® Dementia Basics or CARES® Florida Assisted Living Facility (ALF) Level I and pass the essentiALZ exam to get certified. This is the prerequisite for getting access to all essentiALZ Plus certification exams.
  • Print your training completion and certification documents and be recognized for your knowledge.
  • Renew your essentiALZ certification every 2 years to remain current and eligible for essentiALZ Plus certifications.

Complete additional CARES training programs and essentiALZ Plus certifications as desired or required.

The following CARES online dementia care training programs offer eligibility for Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ certification as noted:
Training(s) Certification(s)
CARES® Dementia Basics or
CARES® Florida Assisted Living Facility (ALF) Level I
essentiALZ certification*
CARES® Dementia Advanced Care or
CARES® Florida Assisted Living Facility (ALF) Level II
essentiALZ Plus certification**
CARES® Dementia-Related Behavior essentiALZ Plus certification**
CARES® Activities of Daily Living essentiALZ Plus certification**
CARES® End-of-Life Dementia Care essentiALZ Plus certification**

*CARES Dementia Basics or CARES Florida ALF Level I and essentiALZ certification is the prerequisite for any of the essentiALZ Plus certifications.

**If you purchase CARES Dementia Basics that is bundled with another program, you must finish CARES Basics and obtain essentiALZ certification in order to access the essentiALZ Plus certification exam.

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All essentiALZ and essentiALZ Plus certifications are good for two years. To get recertified in the future, we offer special “recertification versions” of each CARES online training program. These special versions contain the same content, but the time requirement for each module has been reduced to 10 minutes, saving you staff time. You also get a discount of 50% off regular pricing. To learn more, visit
Communication Guidelines for Organizations
Once your staff members get certified in Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ, what can you say in newsletters, press releases, and within your building? Read the communication guidelines at essentialz_guidelines for the Alzheimer's Association official policy.
Printing Your essentiALZ® Certificate
Have you already taken and passed a certification exam? To print or reprint an essentiALZ certificate, just go to, and then click on the Print a Certificate button for instructions.
Questions and Comments
If you have any questions about the CARES online dementia care training programs, please contact HealthCare Interactive.
If you have any questions about the essentiALZ certification program, please contact the Alzheimer's Association.