Aging In Place
Certification Course

QC Design School’s online Aging in Place Design course teaches you the aspects of design that matter most to aging clients, such as accessibility and mobility.

The Aging in Place course focuses on creating living spaces that are safe and comfortable for aging clients. You’ll learn about design elements and concepts that allow seniors to remain in their homes longer, while still being able to live comfortably.

Through hands-on and theory-based assignments, you’ll learn how to use your existing skills as an interior decorator to create accessible designs for aging clients and their families.

Upon graduation, you’ll receive an industry recognized certification and the designation of Aging in Place Design Professional (APDP). With your certificate and professional title, you’ll be ready to grow your design business!

This Course Is Best For You If

  • You are a certified interior decorator

  • You are looking to expand your existing design business

  • You want to grow your target market to gain new clients

Course Curriculum


Introduction to Aging in Place Design

Explore the role and responsibilities of an Aging in Place (AIP) designer, and learn how AIP services differ from other design types. Study the common physiological changes, conditions, and lifestyle changes that occur with aging clients. You’ll learn about housing and support options that will help seniors live comfortably.

  • Residential Options for Aging
  • Aging in Place Clients & Services
  • The Designer’s Role
  • The Aging Body
  • Aging In The 21st Century
  • Common Conditions
  • Options & Support Systems
  • Marketing Aging-in-Place Design Services


AIP Needs & Considerations

Develop the skills you need to correctly perform assessments of client needs. Learn how to evaluate homes and create modification plans. Study design standards for Aging in Place professionals and learn how to implement them into your design recommendations. Find out how decluttering and transitional services can grow your business.

  • Designing for Aging In Place
  • Designing Room-By-Room
  • AIP Considerations
  • Conducting a Needs Assessment
  • Identifying Needs & Risks
  • Living Arrangements
  • Budgets & Funding
  • Decluttering & Downsizing
  • Home Transition Services


Final Project

In your final unit, you’ll complete a project asking you to work with a real home (of a friend or relative). You will assess the home as if it belonged to an Aging in Place client, conducting a needs assessment and creating a design plan. Your tutor will provide detailed feedback to your full approach.

  • Room-by-Room Assessment
  • Conducting a Needs Assessment
  • Creating a Design Plan
  • Adapting Your Design Plan

Sample Video

Kitchen Walkthrough

Watch QC tutor and instructor, Tammy Hart, perform a kitchen walk-through with an Aging In Place expert.

Sample Assignment

QC’s step-by-step program will take you through every aspect of Aging in Place design. Hands-on assignments are created to expand your existing design skills to help AIP clients. You’ll analyze real-world scenarios that will develop your knowledge and understanding of Aging in Place principles.

In this sample assignment, you’ll test your ability to provide sound advice to AIP clients based on their needs and housing structure.

You will receive a Course Guide with easy-to-follow instructions on uploading your assignments to the Online Student Center and downloading your tutor’s evaluation and audio feedback. Additionally, QC’s helpful Student Support Team is ready and willing to guide you through your assignments and answer any questions you have along the way. Connect with the support team by phone, email or Live Chat – whichever you prefer.

“I have gained so much with the courses at QC Design School. It’s helped me gain confidence and knowledge as [a designer] and looking forward to more certificates ahead. The staff and teachers have been great and they have been so helpful through the courses I’ve enrolled in. Thanks, QC.”

Lorraine PutzInternational Design & Decorating Professional
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Learn from Industry Experts

When you enroll with QC Design School, you’ll be matched with an industry professional currently working in the field who will review your work and provide you with in-depth feedback and advice on every assignment. These accomplished tutors have years of experience in the decorating industry and are eager to share their professional insight to help you succeed.

Your personal tutor will provide you with in-depth audio feedback on each assignment to let you know what you did well and how you could improve. Use this feedback to guide you through the next unit in your course.

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Your Tuition Includes

  • All course guides, lesson texts, materials, and instructional videos
  • Lifetime access to digital course materials in the Online Student Center
  • Access to student support 7 days a week
  • A complete business training series
  • Your certificate upon graduation


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