Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) Designation Course Descriptions


Wanda teaching a CAPS class


This course qualifies for: 0.6 AOTA CEU’s, CILB:0610381 6.0 GEN IDCEC#: 102872 – 6.0 GEN
Continuing Education Hours: 6.0
Designations: CAPS, CGA, Master CSP


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 market 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 qualifies for: 6 HSW/LU Hours by AIA, 0.6 AOTA CEUs, CILB:0610380 6.0 GEN IDCEC#: 102907- 6.0 HSW
Designations: CAPS, CGA, Master CSP


To help home owners make their home a safe and comfortable living environment for the long term, many responsive and innovative products are emerging and service providers are 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.
This course enables participants to identify common challenges and understand attractive design concepts that create a safe and comfortable environment for clients who want to age in place (AIP) as well as individuals who have a condition that requires home modifications or special equipment. As a graduate of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify special considerations for estimating, scheduling and executing livable home and AIP jobs while the client is in residence.
  • Consider contractual and legal concerns for building professionals providing design solutions to the Aging in Place client
  • Identify legal and contractual considerations for building professionals providing livable home and 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 livable home and AIP client. The course presents various methods and techniques for modifying home design, from the perspective of new construction and retrofitting.

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

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


This course builds on the CAPS II course (which is a highly recommended prerequisite to 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 AIA/CES LU, CILB: 0610370 6.0 GEN (INC 1BSP) IDCEC# 102909 6.0 GEN
Continuing Education Hours: 6.0
Designations: CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, Master CGP, Master CSP


Learn the management skills that give industry leaders the edge. This course will give you a solid foundation for managing small to medium size building/remodeling and service companies. This course explains critical elements from planning to evaluating progress and presents practical tips and tools for managing a business successfully. You’ll get a solid grasp of business best practices and practical tools of value whether you are a new or experienced business owner. As a graduate of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify common business challenges and ways to overcome them.
  • Describe the three basic functional areas of a business.
  • Describe how to plan effectively for achieving business success.
  • Describe the organization and processes that a company needs to have in place to run efficiently.
  • Identify methods for recruiting, interviewing, training and retaining quality personnel.
  • Identify performance tools to help you achieve success.
  • Identify methods for evaluating your progress.

*check NAHB.org website for exemptions

The National Association of Home Builders is a Registered Provider with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems. Credit earned on completion of this event will be reported to CES Records for AIA members by the Provider. Certificates of Completion for non-AIA members are available upon request.