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

  • What is the C.D.S. credential?

    The CARES® Dementia Specialist (C.D.S.) credential is a way to super charge your dementia care knowledge and be recognized for completing the entire CARES® online dementia care training curriculum (6 courses/33 hours) and passing the C.D.S. credentialing exam.

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  • What is the C.D.S. process?

    • Complete all 6 CARES online training programs.
    • Take the C.D.S. Credentialing Exam.
    • Submit your documentation for approval.
    • Get approved by the review team.
    • Receive your official recognition package.
    • Be placed on the C.D.S. International Registry.
    • Use "C.D.S." on your name badge and resumé.

  • Over 1 Million

    Modules Completed

  • #1

    Quality, Online
    Dementia Care Training

  • Seven

    e-Healthcare Leadership

  • 20

    Journal Articles

Customer Testimonial

"The CARES Dementia Specialist (C.D.S.) online dementia care training gave me realistic tools and approaches to use—a true 'toolbox.' I now feel confident in how to problem solve when working with someone who has dementia!"

Emily E. Gibson, C.D.S.
Life Enrichment Director
Menominee, WI