Certified Dementia Volunteer CDV

The CDV certification is only open to people living in the United States and who meet the qualifications certification as a CDV.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of an organization. To maintain a successful volunteer program, it is paramount for healthcare organizations to bring meaningful educational opportunities to their volunteers. A quality Memory Care Program thrives when its volunteers are well prepared and educated with information and tools to provide the best quality service possible.

The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners has had many volunteers complete the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar(s) even though they were not eligible to become certified as a Certified Dementia Practitioner. The NCCDP now offers a distinct certification for this incredibly special group of people: Certified Dementia Volunteer (CDV). Now, upon completion of the NCCDP seminar, volunteers can become recognized as certified individuals providing services to those with cognitive decline that they have been working with for years.

Show your volunteers just how valuable and important they are for the delivery of services in Memory Care! Register your volunteers for one of our seminars or host the NCCDP Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar for your staff and volunteers.

Who should apply for CDV?

Alzheimer’s Ambassadors

How Do I Obtain Certification?

Step one: Complete the live one-day NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar by a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia Trainer. See a list of NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminars which is the required seminar for those pursuing certification as a CDV and who qualify for CDV.

Step two: Submit the CDV application for consideration.


Login to your account and if eligible to renew, a RENEW button RENEWAL BUTTON will be visible on your account page. The renewal button will show up 60 days prior to the expiration date.


The CDV online application form requires you to upload multiple documents in PDF, WORD, or JPG file format. Please have available the following documents before accessing the online CDV application form.

1. Actively serving as a volunteer at a care facility, hospital, rehab center, hospice care, homecare, agency, association, etc. that provides dementia care services

2. Minimum of 1- year completed with at least 40 hours per year, and currently an active volunteer with clients diagnosed with dementia

3. High school graduate

4. At least 18 years of age

5. Completed the NCCDP Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care Seminar curriculum by a NCCDP CADDCT Trainer in good standing

6. Letter from facility Volunteer Director/Administrator/Executive Director verifying status of participation, in good standing, and service hours


login to your account and if eligible to renew, a RENEW button will be visible on your account page.


The fee is $40.00 for a 2-year certification. Renewal after two years is $40.00.

NCCDP offers a Corporate Group (10 or more) rate for organizations investing in their volunteers. The Corporate Group (10 or more) rate is $35.00 per person.

Renewal Requirements

Renewal of the CDV certification is every two years. To renew you must complete the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar every two years as a refresher. You can register with NCCDP for the refresher renewal seminar at https://portalstaging.nccdp.org/order-dementia-care-seminar/order_authnet.cgi?form=4 or with any current NCCDP certified trainer. You will be sent via email renewal notices two months prior to your anniversary date. You are asked to renew on line. Once you renew, a new certification will be emailed to you. It is important that you notify us of email address changes. There is an additional fee to receive a hard copy of your certification in the mail.