The candidate for this test is someone who cares for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Candidates may be family members, or those who work in the home, at an adult daycare center, or in assisted living or nursing homes. They may or may not have a high school degree. They may or may not be a Certified Nurse Aide.
Upon passing the examination, the Certified Alzheimer Caregiver has demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the special needs and circumstances of persons with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and their families. They have the competence to work on a practical level with this population, using their knowledge of the disease to apply strategies to produce the best possible environment of care.
- 18 years of age or older
- Direct care experience with persons with dementia
- Paid or Unpaid
- A minimum of 25 hours per week for:
- One year
- 6 months if candidate is a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), LPN or RN
- At least 15 hours in specific dementia care training within the last two years
The fee to take the CAC exam is $165. Click here for instructions on how to apply to take the test. You can optionally add-on the Caregiver Guide for $99.
Exams are administered through Pearson VUE Professional Testing Centers. Click here to locate your nearest testing center.
The CAC maintains certification with $35 yearly renewal and six hours of continuing education credits.
Important Documents for Review