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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.

Requirements

  • You must be 16 years of age or older to participate in the essentiALZ certification program.
  • Complete one of the CARES online training programs below.
  • Successfully pass the online essentiALZ certification exam.
  • Print your certification document and be recognized for your knowledge.
  • Certification Process

    How do you get certified in Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ or essentiALZ Plus? Simply follow the essentiALZ certification process.

    CARES® Dementia Basics & essentiALZ® Certification


  • (4 modules, 4 hours)

  • Includes access to the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ certification exam
  • From $24.95 per individual

    Topic Areas:

  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • Understanding Behavior
  • Communication
  • Person-centered Care

  • CARES® Dementia Advanced Care & essentiALZ® Plus Certification


  • (6 modules, 6 hours)

  • Includes access to the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ Plus certification exam
  • From $39.95 per individual

    Topic Areas:

  • Making a Connection
  • Eating Well
  • Recognizing Pain
  • Minimizing Falls
  • Rethinking Wandering
  • Minimizing Restraints
  • Note: To qualify for the "essentiALZ Plus" certification exam, you must first complete CARES Dementia Basics and pass the "essentiALZ" exam. If you have not yet taken CARES Dementia Basics, click on the Learn More button in the CARES Dementia Basics category above.


    CARES® Dementia Basics & Advanced Care & essentiALZ® and essentiALZ® Plus Certification


  • (10 modules, 10 hours)

    Save $15.00 per individual!

    Purchase both CARES Dementia Basics and CARES Dementia Advanced Care in this combined product, and save $15.00 per individual!

  • Includes all 10 modules, 10 hours
  • Includes access to the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ and essentiALZ Plus certification exams
  • From $49.95 per individual


  • CARES® Dementia-Related Behavior & essentiALZ® Plus Certification


  • (4 modules, 4 hours)

  • Includes access to the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ Plus Dementia-Related
        Behavior certification exam
  • From $24.95 per individual

    Topic Areas:

  • Introduction to Dementia-Related Behavior
  • Using the CARES® Approach with Dementia-Related Behavior
  • Breaking Down the CARES® Approach for Dementia-Related Behavior
  • Key Responses to Dementia-Related Behavior

  • Note: To qualify for the "essentiALZ Plus" certification exam, you must first complete CARES Dementia Basics and pass the "essentiALZ" exam.


    CARES® Activities of Daily Living & essentiALZ® Plus Certification


  • (10 modules, 10 hours)

  • Includes access to the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ Plus Activities of Daily
        Living certification exam
  • From $49.95 per individual

    Topic Areas:

  • Dementia and the CARES® Approach
  • Creating Meaning in Activities of Daily Living
  • Recognizing and Managing Pain
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Eating
  • Grooming
  • Mouth Care
  • Using the Bathroom
  • Mobility, Transferring, and Positioning

  • Note: To qualify for the "essentiALZ Plus" certification exam, you must first complete CARES Dementia Basics and pass the "essentiALZ" exam.


    CARES® Study Guides

    When you purchase these programs, you will receive access to free downloadable study guides. These study guides are an excellent way for you or your staff members to take learning to the next level. And, the study guides (and any notes you take) can be used during your Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ certification exams. When you purchase, directions for downloading the study guides will be e-mailed to you with your receipt.

    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 www.hcinteractive.com/essentiALZguidelines for the Alzheimer’s Association official policy.

    How do I reprint my essentiALZ® certificate?

    Have you already taken and passed your certification exam? To reprint your essentiALZ certificate, simply complete the following steps.
    1. Go to www.alz.org/essentiALZexam.
    2. Log in as an existing user with the log-in ID and password you set up to take the essentiALZ exam.
    3. Click the "expand all" link above the list of courses.
    4. Click the "Print Certificate" link that appears on the right side under the exam title. (If a "Print Certificate" link does not appear, you have not successfully passed an exam. Retake and pass the exam, and then the link will appear.)

    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.