Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ® Certification Program

Get trained. Get certified. It's essentiALZ®.

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Developed for professional care providers of individuals living with dementia, Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ® is an online, individual certification program that provides recognition for knowledge of quality dementia care practices.

The essentiALZ exam tests understanding of evidence-based dementia care practices that are outlined in the nationally recognized Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations.

Participants become essentiALZ-certified by completing dementia care training and the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ online certification exam, which focuses on basic dementia care practices. Become essentiALZ-certified by completing CARES® online dementia trainings offered by HealthCare Interactive®.

For a complete list of 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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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 training.alz.org/help, and then click on the Print a Certificate button for instructions.
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