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Purchase essentiALZ Certification


Develop a confident, capable and person-centered care team


The essentiALZ certification exam is for any staff working in residential or community-based provider organizations who have completed a training program recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association for incorporating the evidenced-based Dementia Care Practice Recommendations.

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Purchase essentiALZ certification exams

25 exams

$1,250 / $50 per person

50 exams

$2,000 / $40 per person

100 exams

$3,500 / $35 per person

150 exams

$4,500 / $30 per person

250 exams

$6,250 / $25 per person

500 exams

$10,000 / $20 per person

Organizations interested in purchasing more than 500 exams for staff, please contact qualitycare@alz.org.
 

Practical and comprehensive: 45 multiple choice exam questions are grounded in the principles of person-centered care and in accordance with industry standards for question structure, difficulty level and 6th-grade readability.

Exam FAQs

Frequently asked questions about taking the essentiALZ exam.

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Learning is convenient: Staff take their exam online at their convenience. The exam is not timed, and they can return as often as necessary before final submission.

Recognition for new knowledge: With a passing exam of 90 percent or higher, individual staff members will receive a personalized essentiALZ certificate, with certification good for two years.


Recognized trainings

The following dementia care training programs have been recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association for reflecting the five topic areas of the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. Providers that utilize a recognized training program to train their staff are also eligible to purchase the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ certification exam. 

Organization Name Training Program Name Recognition Expiration Date
Training Company*: Please contact training company directly for more information.
HealthCare Interactive® CARES® Dementia Basics™ 1/1/2021
Welderly Care Dementia Professionals A Practical & Innovative Approach to Dementia Care 1/21/2022
Provider Organization*: Only available to staff at participating organizations.
Arden Courts Memory Care Communities Memory Care Support Training 1/6/2022
Astrum Care A Person-Centered Approach to Care 2/20/2022
ComForCare DementiaWise 10/4/2021
Genesis HealthCare Dementia Care Basics 4/17/2022
Otterbein SeniorLife Milestones at Otterbein: A Guided Journey in Memory Support 5/8/2022
Right at Home The RightCare Approach to Dementia & Cognitive Support 11/13/2021
Sunrise Senior Living Orientation Training 3/5/2022


*Recognition from the Alzheimer’s Association is not an endorsement of the professional training or evaluation of the care provided by the facility.



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