Since 2002, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), at the encouragement of AARP, has been offering the Certified Aging In Place Specialist (“CAPS”) designation and training program for consumers and professionals who want to learn about continuing to live in one’s long-term home of choice in a safe, comfortable, convenient, and accessible way.

Over the years, there have been three major versions of the program. The initial content featured a CAPS I and CAPS II and a Business Management class and ran until 2008. In 2008, the second edition of classes, retitled and with new materials, was introduced although still a CAPS I, CAPS II, and Business Management set of classes. The Business Management class in both timeframes was able to be skipped for someone having already completed similar coursework elsewhere or having a professional designation that would suffice.

Then in 2017, we have the current content. The CAPS curriculum was totally modified, rewritten, and reissued. This is good news for all of us. The courses were renamed, new materials prepared, and a third class was added. Now, after a long wait, the CAPS III class is part of the designation coursework.

Unlike earlier times, there are no exemptions for anyone based on knowledge, experience, degrees or other certifications held, or any other criteria. All of us take all three classes.

  • If you already have taken any of the previously issued CAPS classes, or you have obtained your designation, you do not have to do anything – your CAPS certification is as solid as ever.
  • If you have only taken one or two of the classes and need to finish your coursework, the new material will be refreshing and more timely for you – some of you may even want to go back to the beginning even though this is not required. This will provide updated material and additional CEUs even you if have completed the material previously and don’t require it for credit toward the designation.
  • Here is a synopsis of each of the three CAPS classes (CAPS I, CAPS II, and CAPS III) that Steve Hoffacker, CAPS, CEAC, SHSS, presents in West Palm Beach, Florida and many other markets throughout the United States – over forty times a year:
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March 2020

CAPS II (Murfreesboro, Tennessee)

March 3 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm EST
Ann Hoke & Associates, 262 Robert Rose Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37129 United States
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CAPS III (Murfreesboro, Tennessee)

March 4 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm EST
Ann Hoke & Associates, 262 Robert Rose Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37129 United States
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CAPS I (Washington DC)

March 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm EST
Howard University Hospital, 2041 Georgia Avenue
NW, DC United States
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CAPS II (Washington DC)

March 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm EST
Howard University Hospital, 2041 Georgia Avenue
NW, DC United States
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CAPS III (Washington DC)

March 8 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm EDT
Howard University Hospital, 2041 Georgia Avenue
NW, DC United States
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CAP I (Chicago, Illinois)

March 11 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT
Sugatsune America, 121 West Wacker Drive #1002
Chicago, IL 60601 United States
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CAPS II (Chicago, Illinois)

March 12 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT
Sugatsune America, 121 West Wacker Drive #1002
Chicago, IL 60601 United States
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CAPS III (Chicago, Illinois)

March 13 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT
Sugatsune America, 121 West Wacker Drive #1002
Chicago, IL 60601 United States
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CAPS I (West Palm Beach, Florida)

March 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT
Schwarzmann European Kitchens, 2351 Vista Parkway, #100
West Palm Beach, FL 33411 United States
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CAPS II (West Palm Beach, Florida)

March 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT
Schwarzmann European Kitchens, 2351 Vista Parkway, #100
West Palm Beach, FL 33411 United States
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