Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ® Certification Program

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

HealthCare Interactive's CARES® Dementia Basics Online Training Program
qualifies providers to purchase Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ® certification exams.


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 approved dementia care training and passing the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ online certification exam, which focuses on basic dementia care practices. Become essentiALZ-certified by completing the CARES Dementia Basics online dementia trainings program.

  • You must be 16 years of age or older to participate in the essentiALZ certification program.
  • Take CARES Dementia Basics and complete the program.
  • Get an "enrollment code" from your supervisor or administrator.
  • Pass the essentiALZ exam with 90% or higher.
  • Print your training completion and certification documents and be recognized for your knowledge.
  • Renew your essentiALZ certification every 2 years to remain current.
Purchase essentiALZ Exams

If you are a provider and your staff members have completed CARES® Dementia Basics, you can purchase essentiALZ certification exams at:
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