The International Association of Aging Specialists is a non-profit organization providing certification to professionals providing care to aging clients and patients.

Information and Steps for Certified Dementia Care Specialist (CDCS)

Why Become Certified?

  • Clinical expertise - Let clients and patients know you are providing them with the best tools and strategies for providing care to the aging population.
  • Client trust - Provide assurance to clients and patients that you can help them when you display your certification.
  • Documentation of knowledge - Certification is a personal accomplishment and unbiased barometer of your specialized training.
  • Improved insurance reimbursements - More favorable consideration from insurance companies and managed care panels.
  • Professional recognition - Distinguish yourself from your peers and increase your opportunities for career advancement.

Certification Process:

To obtain certification, you must complete all the steps below:

Step 1 - Complete training that meets the Certification Standards.

A list of suggested training courses is found below. Note: Trainings are offered by 3rd party organizations who are happy to help answer any training-specific questions you may have, as well as assist you in training purchases.

    *For Certification by equivalency, please submit a copy of the training’s title, speaker, outline and clock hours completed to info@agingcert.com for review.

Step 2 - Make payment on the Certification Application fee of $99.99.

Step 3 - Submit copies of the following documents to info@agingcert.com or mail at the address below:

  • Completed training certificates
  • Copy of your professional license

Please allow 1-2 weeks to review and process application. We will contact you via email if additional information or clarification is needed. Once approved, you will receive an email notification and a printed frameable certificate by mail within 2-3 weeks.