Certification Bodies

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Certification is the demonstration of applied knowledge through a combination of training, and supervised work experience related to the knowledge, skills and functions of a specified area of expertise.

All ALCA Aging Life Care Professionals™ who aspire to be profession-recognized as "Certified" and an Advanced level member, must hold at least one of the four certifications listed below, in addition to ALCA’s education and work experience requirements. For existing members or new members who do not yet meet these requirements, other membership levels are also available.

Learn more  about the difference between a “Certificate” from an accredited university and “Certification” from an ALCA-approved certifying body.

ALCA-approved Certifying Bodies

ALCA does not offer Certification to its members; however, ALCA does recognize four certifications provided by three certifying bodies, the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM), Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

  • National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM)
    Care Manager Certified – CMC
  • Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC)
    Certified Case Manager – CCM
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
    Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager (C-ASWCM)*
    Certified Social Work Case Manager (C-SWCM)*
    800.638.8799 ext. 409

*These are the only certifications from NASW that fulfill ALCA certification requirements. The Gerontology Specialty Certifications, Clinical Social Worker in Gerontology (CSW-G) and Advanced Social Worker in Gerontology (ASW-G) do NOT fulfill ALCA Certification requirements.

Interested in Joining ALCA?

  • If you are interested in joining ALCA as an Advanced level member, you must hold one of the four required certifications above in addition to meeting the educational and experience requirements.
  • If you meet the educational and experience requirements but currently do not hold one of the four approved certifications, you can apply as a Professional level member.
  • ALCA’s Associate level has been designed for working professionals who do not currently meet the certification, work experience, and/or education requirements at this time.

Already a Member?

Thinking about moving to the Advanced level of Membership? The Advanced level of membership includes many additional benefits. If you meet the education and experience requirements, and now hold one of the recognized certifications - please send a copy of your certification to the ALCA office. An additional fee will be required.