What is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS)?

A Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) is someone who understands the aging-in-place home remodeling market and the technology, tools and resources that are available for seniors to age in place. Individuals with the CAPS designation are trained in the needs of the aging population, common remodeling projects and expenditures, codes and standards, product ideas and resources. During their three-day training period, CAPS students learn techniques and strategies for establishing a sustainable, competitive remodeling business with the senior market in mind. Among other things, their training consists of case studies and interactive exercises.

Once qualified, a CAPS is required to undergo a total of 12 continuing education hours every three years. This is broken down into six hours from academic courses and six hours earned through industry activities and education. Credit may be earned by attending or presenting at regional trade shows or national meetings. A maximum of two hours may be earned by participating in suitable community service projects.

CAPS professionals are trained by the National Association of Home Builders. While many people who undergo the training for the CAPS designation are members of the building profession, other interested professionals, such as occupational therapists and other health care professionals, may also seek and obtain certification. Other types of professional who may be encouraged to seek CAPS certification are those individuals who are involved in planning and land use, in particular at the state level. Here, the skills and knowledge of a CAPS professional can really make a meaningful difference at the macroscopic level where they can influence changes that can remove the three major barriers to aging in place at the community level.