Aging Exam

The Aging Exam (required for the Level II Aging Specialist Certificate) is held three times a year, at the ICD conference, the NAPO conference, and the POC conference.

Qualifying Requirements

The Aging Exam is only open to ICD subscribers. Upcoming candidates for Aging Specialist may take the Aging Exam providing they have received their Level II CD Specialist Certificate and have begun work on the Level I Certificate of Study in Understanding the needs of the Aging CD Client. This means the required teleclasses, Understanding the Physical and Mental Challenges of the Aging CD Client (AGE/ELD-100) and Working with Aging CD Clients Who Hoard (AGE/ELD-230) must have been taken and full attendance credit received. The reading material needs to have been read. Listening to the Study Sessions is optional. See Study Session section below.

Aging Exam Components

The Aging Exam will consist of 25 multiple-choice questions based on the required reading material. The required reading is focused on aging issues.

  • Vickie Dellaquila, CPO (2007). Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash:  A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move, pages 1-115. (Buyt it on Amazon)
  • David Solie, M.S., P.A. (2004). How to Say It to Seniors:  Closing the Communication Gap with Our Elders (Buyt it on Amazon) (Buy it for the Kindle)
  • Dennis McCullough, M.D. (2009). My Mother, Your Mother:  Embracing “Slow Medicine”—The Compassionate Approach to Caring for Your Aging Loved Ones (Buy it on Amazon) (Buy it for the Kindle)
  • Paul and Lori Hogan (2009). Stages of Senior Care:  Your Step-by-Step Guide to Making the Best Decisions (Buy it on Amazon) (Buy it for the Kindle)
  • The ICD Guide to Challenging Disorganization (2012) pages 9, 36-40, 63-69, 84-90, 116-120, 138-146, 168-178, 230-235, 263-277.  (Buy it on Amazon)


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The fee to take the Aging Exam is $139.00. Those passing the exam will receive a Certificate of Passing. This document is required for completion of the Aging Specialist Certificate.

Testing Accommodations

“ICD will make reasonable and appropriate testing accommodations to
subscribers when required.  It is the student’s responsibility to make a request for accommodations in writing to the Certification Program Director at least six weeks before the date the exam is scheduled to be administered.  The request needs to include the following:

  • State the accommodation being requested
  • Identify the reasons for the accommodation and include supporting documentation
  • Provide suggestions as to how the accommodation can be achieved.”

Study Sessions

The Aging Exam Study Session is currently available online.
In-Person study sessions will be offered at the annual ICD Conference.

Post-Exam Requirements and Applications

The Aging Specialist Certificate will be granted provided the specific application requirements are met within 2 years of passing the Aging Exam. These include earning a Level II CD Specialist Certificate, earning the Level I Understanding the Need of the Aging CD Client Certificate, taking the required Aging teleclass, and taking an additional five aging teleclasses from the ICD.

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