Requirements For Certification

The CAPS designation is awarded to the individual who successfully completes the three modules in the program. The three modules are:

Business Management for Building Professionals
Working with and Marketing to Older Adults
Home Modifications

Module 1: Business Management

Students learn the management skills that give industry leaders the edge. The course gives students a solid foundation in those best business practices so valuable to smaller businesses: planning, organizing, staffing/directing and controlling.

Module 2: Working with and Marketing to Older Adults

Students learn how their firm can identify and serve the needs of an aging population. This course gives renovators techniques to use when marketing to the older population. They learn to recognize the housing needs of older adults and how to communicate the best renovation options to them. The course provides background on the older adult population, communication techniques, common renovation expenditures and products, and accessing the aging-in-place renovation market.

Module 3: Home Modifications

Most older adults would prefer to remain in their own homes for the rest of their lives. Renovators can help their customers achieve that goal. Physical limitations often force older people out of their homes when sensible renovations could preserve a cherished way of life. The course teaches relevant codes and standards, depicts common barriers, introduces product ideas and resources, and demonstrates how to redesign living areas for safety and comfort.

Maintaining Your Certification

Due to the constantly changing nature of the industry, and to encourage an on-going commitment to continuing education, the designations are granted for a one-year period only. CAPS designates are required to renew their certification annually. A renewal fee must be paid and designates are required to complete six credits of continuing education every three years.

For complete CAPS program details, click here (you will be re-directed to the NAHB website).

Aging in Place Calgary is the only Canadian independently licensed trainer delivering the CAPS certification modules at this time. Please note this program is not offered regularly -- scheduling is based on student demand.  Currently, our next CAPS training will be based on your demands!!  If you are interested in becoming CAPS Certified, please fill out the form below:

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Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist


Developed by the Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) program targets renovators interested in addressing the needs of the aging population.

CAPS teaches the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential renovation industry -- home modifications for the aging-in-place. This program was developed by NAHB to provide comprehensive, practical, market-specific information about working with older and maturing adults to renovate their homes for aging-in-place.

Aging at Home with Dignity (Aging In Place Calgary)

‚ÄčCanadian Certified Aging in Place Specialist Training Centre

The aging of the baby-boom generation is the most influential demographic force shaping Canada's marketplace, with the number of seniors in Canada expected to rise from 4.2 to 9.8 million between 2005 and 2036, the implications on how this will affect the housing industry is staggering. As the number of seniors continues to rise at an unprecedented rate, housing is one area that must adapt.

Since the recent economic problems, the senior housing industry is adapting to the current realities and positioning itself for the fiscal and client-need realities of the future. Both residential and aging in place housing models will see changes in the coming years.

The natural growth of the senior population will provide a steady stream of increased demand for suitable housing and creates massive opportunity for trained and skilled renovation trades.