Become a Certified Aging in Place Consultant
Get certified quickly with online training!
- Fast-Paced training course for certified/experienced design professionals.
- Get plenty of hands-on training through practical assignments
- Become certified and start your own aging in place business!
This course is provided in partnership with QC Design School
What Is a Aging in Place Consultant?
An aging in place consultant is a decorating professional that specializes in working with clients who have specific concerns related to aging. These clients are either elderly people or individuals in their 40's and 50's who are planning ahead to their retirement years.
The designer works with clients to plan and design a space that is safe and convenient for the client's specific situation, thus helping the client remain in their home for as long as possible, avoiding having to relocate to an assisted living facility.
Basic Requirements for Becoming an Aging in Place Designer
Interior Decorating Certification/Experience — This advanced course is for previously certified decorating professionals. If you do not have previous experience in the design industry, you'll want to become a certified interior decorator before taking this Aging in Place course.
Business & Marketing Expertise — Since this course is an advanced course for certified decorating professionals, the course does not contain business training. You will need to rely on your own business and marketing experience to sell your aging in place services to potential clients.
Reliability, Flexibility & Empathy — Working with aging in place clients can require a greater degree of sensitivity than your usual design and decorating clients. Being able to connect with your aging clients on a personal level and offer them greater flexibility when scheduling consultations will be a great way to garner their trust!
What You'll Learn
In this highly interactive self-paced training course, you'll learn:
- What Aging in Place services are and when they're required
- The role of a decorator/designer in offering aging in place services
- Common aging challenges and how to accommodate those challenges
- Working with clients of all ages to plan for aging
- Building codes and the ADA
- Principles of universal, visitability, and accessible design.
- Aging in Place design practices for each room in the home
- Conducting an Aging in Place needs assessment
- Decluttering and downsizing
How You'll Learn
QC's signature online learning experience is made for highly motivated and ambitious individuals! You'll learn at your own pace, with the help of your student advisor and expert tutor who will be with you every step of the way!
- Follow the course guide that will tell you when you need to read a course book, watch a video, or complete an assignment.
- Complete a variety of assignments including knowledge quizzes, open-ended discussions, and comprehensive real-world case studies where you experience what it's like to be a professional aging in place designer.
- Upload your completed assignments to the online student center.
- Submit your unit once all assignments are completed and uploaded.
- Your tutor will grade your work and provide feedback on every assignment.
- Listen to your tutor's personalized feedback, and apply their suggestions as you progress through the course.
- Reach out to your student advisor at any time with questions about your training, assignments, or anything else!
Why Choose QC?
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Since QC's course is fully online, you don't have to pay surcharges for attending lectures or webinars. You complete the full course from home.
No start dates, no deadlines, no mandatory webinars! This course is completely self-directed and self-paced. Get certified quickly, or take your time.
You'll learn many different facets of aging in place design to ensure you'll be prepared to work with any client that walks through your doors!
Included In Your Course
Newest Course Materials
You’ll have online access to all your course books and guides, which are regularly updated with the newest and most up-to-date content!
Assignments & Templates
Download assignment templates to quickly and efficiently complete all your course work. Then, upload your work to the Online Student Center. Your tutor will evaluate you and provide personalized audio feedback for each unit!
Personalized Tutor Feedback
Once you submit all your assignments for a unit, your tutor will evaluate and grade your work. She will provide you with detailed audio feedback highlighting what you did well and where you need to improve. Use this feedback to enhance your skills in the next unit!
Extended-Hours Access to your Student Advisor
In addition to your personal tutor, you’ll be able to get help from QC’s expert team of student advisors. Any time you have a question about your course, your student account, your certification or anything else, you can reach out to your QC Student Advisor by phone, email or live chat. Advisors are available 7 days/week to help you through your course!
Certification & Professional Designation
Once you graduate, you’ll be sent your certificate by mail. The certification allows you to put the Aging in Place Design Professional (APDP™) designation on your business cards, website, resume, and more. Get a certification that’s noticed and respected!
Full Course Outline
Here's a detailed outline of all topics you'll learn in the aging in place certification course.
Unit A: Introduction to Aging in Place
This unit will introduce you to the Aging in Place (AIP) design industry. You’ll learn about the responsibilities of an AIP designer and how AIP services differ from other types of design work. You’ll also learn about common physiological changes, medical conditions, and lifestyle changes people experience as they age, and about all of the different housing and support options available to people facing aging-related challenges. This unit will also teach you how act as an AIP educator and market your services effectively.
- What Aging in Place actually means
- Why Aging in Place services are in high demand
- When are Aging in Place services required
- Types of Aging in Place services offered
- The role of the Aging in Place Decorator/Designer
- What happens to the body as we age
- Common medical conditions and the accessibility needs they create
- Options for accommodating the challenges of aging
- Cultural stigma surrounding aging
- Planning for aging: steps to take at different ages to prepare for aging
Unit B: Aging in Place Practices
Unit B focuses on developing the skills required to assess client needs, evaluate homes from an AIP perspective, and create AIP modification plans. You’ll start by learning about the design standards AIP professionals use to guide their work, including universal design, accessible design and visitable design. You’ll then learn how to apply these principles to assess clients’ homes and make effective design recommendations. This unit will also teach you how you can incorporate decluttering and home transition services into your AIP business.
- Building codes and the ADA
- The principles of universal design
- The principles of visitability design
- The principles of accessibility design
- Why accessibility is important to design
- Types of disabilities and how to design to accommodate for them
- Designing room-by-room with a focus on function, ease of use, and safety
- Exercising etiquette and empathy
- Addressing potentially sensitive topics
- Different aging situations and their unique needs and challenges
- Adapting to current needs vs. planning for future needs
- Conducting an effective needs assessment:
- Support networks and cohabitation
- Medical conditions
- Identifying current needs
- Identifying likely future needs
- Identifying risks
- Room by room assessment
- Prioritizing upgrades, renovations and adjustments
- Project funding and resources:
- Loans, grants and tax credits for Aging in Place renovations
- Non-profit groups and government resources
- Reverse mortgages
- The aging in place team: designers, contractors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and more
- Navigating the Family Relationship:
- When parents become the ones cared for
- When children have a new role as the caregiver
- When opinions differ
Unit C: Final Project
This unit will ask you to work with the home of a friend or relative. The home’s resident(s) can be any age and at any stage of life. You will simply be assessing the home as if it belonged to an AIP client. You’ll start by assessing the whole home in broad terms. In later assignments, you’ll focus on two specific rooms in the home. You can choose any type of room (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, entryway, etc.). However, to get the most from this project, we recommend that you pick a room in which you can make a number of suggestions for AIP improvements. A room that is already AIP-ready won’t allow you to practice applying all of your new skills.
Your Aging in Place Tutor
Tammy Hart, IDDP, CAPS, is a graduate and tutor of QC Design School. She is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist from the National Association of Home Builders. She is the owner and award-winning designer for Designer Chick Co. and is the previous director on the National Board for DDA (formerly CDECA).
She is a professional speaker, speaking at venues like IIDEXCanada and The Small Business Forum. She’s been featured in East of the City Magazine, as a guest spot on the Rogers Daytime Durham talk show and has won the HOUZZ Service Award 2017. She works to empower young women to become successful future leaders and supports ocean clean-up efforts.
Your Aging in Place Consultant
Once you successfully complete the course, you'll receive your Aging in Place Design Professional (APDP™) certificate. This certification is yours forever and doesn't expire. Use it as proof of competency with clients and/or employers. Your professional designation is a great way to set yourself from the competition. Display it proudly on your business cards, marketing materials, website, and anywhere else you advertise your services!
Starting a new career can be scary but don't worry!
Once you enroll in QC's Aging in Place Course, you'll be protected by a
21-day money-back guarantee!
Once your enrollment has been processed, you have 21 days to review the course materials and decide whether you want to take the course. If you decide this course isn't the right course for you, simply contact the school for a refund! As long as you haven't submitted any work to your tutor yet, your tuition will be refunded in full!
Additional information on QC's money back guarantees is available in your enrollment agreement.
Start your online aging in place training today
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