Caps Certification, also known as COC, is a non-certification program offered by the Certified Aging Invertebrates’ Certification Board. These certification programs, if offered by a non-profit agency under the National Association of Inspectors and Dealers, are recognized by most state insurance companies. The COC program was created to help in the verification and testing of the aging process, and to help aging homeowners understand what they should expect from their remodeler. To be certified as an aging invertebrate, one needs to pass both a written exam as well as an oral exam administered by a certified aging invertebrate.
With aging-in-place specialists becoming a more popular choice, it has become important to find one that is qualified, knowledgeable, and professional. Since the program’s inception in 1980, there have been few revisions made to the Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) exam standards. Therefore, when choosing a remodeler who is certified under the CAPS program, finding one with a COC is a wise choice.
If a remodeler is chosen based solely on their COC certification, many times the end result can be sub-par. On the other hand, a certified aging in place specialist with COC will possess years of experience and expertise in the floor plans and designs for senior independent living facilities. A good remodeler with an earned COC is one who can provide accurate floor plans and accurate specifications. An experienced senior independent living facility expert will have taken the time to thoroughly evaluate all floor plans and design specifications.
Another reason for using a certified aging in place specialist is because they can assist the homeowner with home modifications once the project is underway. Many times, aging in place homeowners are faced with issues such as limited mobility and limited ability to maintain their personal hygiene and grooming. In addition, they may have health issues that may require daily or weekly visits to a medical provider. A good professional will not only review the homeowner’s personal situation and needs, but also address any safety and security concerns.
Completion of four courses and passing the appropriate written and practical tests qualifies anyone for COC. Three courses are required for those pursuing COC certification from a certified aging in place specialist. The first two courses, entitled Certified Homebuyer and Certified Homeowner, are designed for non-members and non-business management employees who will oversee or work in conjunction with the business owner or manager. The third course, entitled Certified Business Management Specialist, is designed for business managers who want to enhance their knowledge of business management and strategic planning.
It is important to note that becoming a certified aging in place specialist (CIP) does not grant you the right to modify home renovations. You must meet all of the building codes and regulations for your location in order to participate in building and safety modifications. Additionally, you will need to successfully pass the practical portion of the examination administered by the National Institute for Aging. If you do not pass this exam, then it is likely that you will not be able to successfully complete any home modifications.
There are some limitations on the kinds of home modifications that can be covered by a COC. General room alterations such as ramps or walkways, and toilet enlargements are not usually covered. Business modifications, which include kitchen and bathroom renovations, are covered. Homeowners who are pursuing a COC certification must successfully complete the practical portion of the examination before they can successfully apply for a COC certificate. To gain approval for a COC, most aging-in-place specialists will have to successfully complete a training or internship program, as well as complete a project or two in order to qualify. These projects can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.
Today, many aging in place specialists are also offering COC certification to their clients. If you are looking for a health care professional to help you with home modifications, it is a good idea to look for a certified aging in place specialist who is also offering COC certification. If you find a health care professional offering a COC, he or she may also offer a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) certification, which is an excellent choice if you are looking for a job opportunity within the health care profession. As a side note, a Certified Senior Care Specialist (CSCS) will typically have more experience and will have more opportunities for advancement within the industry than a COC certified aging in place specialist.