The Only CAPS Training Center in Southern California

Next Session: April 25-27, 2019

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The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation program teaches the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry – home modifications for aging in place.

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NAHB Remodelers – in collaboration with the AARP, Home Innovation Research Labs and NAHB 50+ Housing Council – developed this program to provide comprehensive, practical, market-specific information about working with older and maturing adults to remodel their homes for aging in place.

All classes are held from 8 am to 4pm at The Design Institute of San Diego, 8595 Commerce Ave, San Diego 92121.

design institute of san diego logoTo be certified, you must take all three courses. Register for the three-day session above that works for you or individual classes below. For questions, call 800-984-1186.


Marketing and Communicating with the Aging in Place Client (CAPS I)

Millions of Americans are living longer and more active lives. Because they are embracing newly found and changing lifestyles, they need to revitalize their home environment. Identifying this burgeoning opportunity and then developing the skills to interact with this market can help you grow your business dramatically.

This course equips participants with the knowledge and tools to effectively market and sell services to the aging-in-place (AIP) market.

As a graduate of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify access points and marketing opportunities within targeted AIP segments.
  • Explain how allied professionals can collaborate effectively to serve a targeted AIP market.
  • Identify common challenges of functioning in a real-world environment for the AIP population.
  • Enhance the client consulting process with effective needs assessment and communication techniques.

This course is required for the NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist designation. It can be an elective for the Master CSPP and CGA designations.

Registration for Course 1: CAPS I

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Design Concepts for Livable Homes and Aging in Place (CAPS II)

There is an increasing desire among today’s home owners to live in one’s home as long as possible which has created a strong demand for products and services serving this audience. To help home owners make their home a safe and comfortable living environment for the long term, many responsive and innovative products are emerging. Likewise, service providers are answering this demand by focusing their businesses on creating new homes and renovations that provide design flexibility, pleasing aesthetics, high function and usability for all people, without regard to age, income or ability level, and regardless of life’s changes and
challenges. The goal of this course is to enable participants to identify common challenges within the home and understand attractive design concepts that create a safe and comfortable environment for clients who want to age in place as well as identify with one or more of these groups: Individuals who are not experiencing health issues related to aging, individuals who have a progressive or other condition that requires home modifications or equipment, and individuals who are dealing with an abrupt or traumatic health-related change. By completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify special considerations for estimating, scheduling and executing the job while the client is in residence.
  • Identify legal and contractual considerations for building professionals providing AIP design solutions for residential clients.
  • Describe the categories of design and how they relate and apply to the three AIP market segments.
  • Describe specific design concepts for the AIP client.

The course presents various methods and techniques for modifying home design, from the perspective of new construction and retrofitting. This course is required for the NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist. It can be used as CEs for NAHB CGA, CGB, CGR, GMB, CSP, Master CSP, CMP and MIRM.

Registration for Course 2: CAPS II

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Details & Solutions for Livable Homes and Aging In Place (CAPS III)

This course builds on the CAPS I and CAPS II courses (which are prerequisites for this course) by introducing design solutions and techniques for professionals whose clients require specialized design and equipment to live and thrive comfortably in their homes. Whole house product specification and installation techniques will be covered accompanied by practical, hands-on activities.

By completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the challenging nature of design for aging in place projects.
  • Identify available innovative and specialized products.
  • Explain best practices for design and installation of key components in AIP home design.
  • Describe the importance of budget and early product selection
  • Identify common missteps for design and installation of AIP solutions.
  • Recommend the best solutions for common single-room modifications based on needs identified in a provided client assessment and a room survey.
  • List installation considerations for recommended modifications in a specified space.
  • Prioritize the comprehensive solutions based on previous exercises when integrated into a real-world whole house scenario.
  • Evaluate design considerations and installation requirements for recommended modifications based on whole house layout and circulation patterns.
  • •Prioritize individual projects relative to budget, needs and urgency.

This course qualifies for:

  • 6 CE for AIBD
  • 0.6 AOTA CEUs
  • 6 AIA/CES HSW Learning Units
  • 6 NAHB CE for: CGA, CGB, CGR, GMB, CSP, Master CSP, CMP, MIRM

Registration for Course 3: CAPS III

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