Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy

CAPS Certification Courses

  • 01 May 2019
  • 03 May 2019

Get the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest-growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for the aging-in-place market. Earn NAHB's Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation and become the expert in your market.

3-day series of courses will feature all of the required classes for the CAPS designation and includes lunch:

·         Marketing & Communication Strategies for Aging & Accessibility (CAPS I)

·         Design/Build Solutions for Aging & Accessibility (CAPS II)

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

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May 1, 2019 - Marketing & Communication Strategies for Aging & Accessibility - CAPS I

BRAGB members: $275, Non-Members: $350   Sign up for all three courses and save!

Millions of Americans are living longer and more active lives. And with their changing lifestyles, maturing Americans are also looking to revitalize their home environments. Identifying these opportunities and developing the skills to interact with 50+ customers can help you grow your business dramatically. Learn best practices in communicating and interacting with this exciting and evolving population, and take advantage of one of the fastest growing market segments in remodeling and related industries.

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

·         Explain the three segments within the Aging in Place market that present business                opportunities for building professionals

·         Implement a process for promoting new opportunities for products and services in the          Aging in Place market

·         Enhance your sales process with effective techniques for the Aging in Place market


May 2, 2019 - Design/Build Solutions for Aging & Accessibility - CAPS II

BRAGB members: $275, Non-Members: $350   Sign up for all three courses and save!

The maturing of the U.S. Baby Boomer population is a huge opportunity for remodelers. As this consumer group expands, more and more are interested in remodeling their home to fit their new lifestyle and abilities. This Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) course will help you understand the guidelines and requirements of accessibility, the importance of doing an assessment with input from occupational and physical therapists as well as qualified health care professionals, and the significance of good design in making modifications that can transform a house into a safe, attractive, and comfortable home for life.

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

·   Describe the home ownership market as it relates to the three segments of the Aging in        Place market

·    Consider contractual and legal concerns for building professionals providing design               solutions to the Aging in Place client

·    Perform a needs assessment to identify and prioritize the needs, wants and wishes of           the Aging in Place client

·    Recommend specific design solutions for the Aging in Place client

·    Estimate and schedule the Aging in Place project while regarding special considerations       Identify considerations for executing the job while the client is in residence

May 3, 2019 - Details & Solutions for Livable Homes and Aging In Place - CAPS III

BRAGB members: $275, Non-Members: $350   Sign up for all three courses and save!

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 pattern. 

·     Prioritize individual projects relative to budget, needs and urgency.

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

These CAPS Certification Courses will be taught by:

Jane Marie O'Connor, MIRM, CAASH, CAPS, CSP, CMP
CPDF Analyst, CPB Analyst
NAHB Approved Instructor
National Trustee, NAHB 55+ Housing Industry Council
Chairperson, MA 55+ Housing Industry Council

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4 Plainfield Road, Hawley, MA  01339
Office:  413.339.5552

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MAOT - Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy, Inc.
57 Madison Road, Waltham, MA  02453 - Phone: 781.647.5556 - Email:

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