Gerontology Related Professional Certification Options

Prepared by Linda Wiener
For more information please visit: Exploring Careers in Aging


     1.  Activity Director                                                              Multiple schools

National Certification Council for Activity Professionals


     2.  Adult Services Specialist

Des Moines Area Community College

     3.  Assisted Living/Senior Housing Administration

George Mason University


     4.  Aquatic Fitness Therapist (water aerobics; aquatic arthritis, etc.)

Aquatic & Fitness Professional Association International


     5.  Business and Aging Specialist                                        Multiple schools


     6.  Certificate in Animal Assisted Activities and Therapy

Delaware Valley College


     7.  Certified Aging in Place Specialist- CAPS

National Association of Home Builders


     8.  Certified Eden Associate

The Eden Alternative

     9.  Certified Social Worker in Gerontology

National Association of Social Workers


     10. Certified Diabetic Educator

National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators


     11. Certified Grief Counselor

The American Academy of Grief Counseling


     12. Certified Health Education Specialist

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing



     13. Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification

     14.  Certified Senior Advisor- CSA

Society of Certified Senior Advisors


     15. Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrator

Substance Abuse Program Administrators’ Certification Commission


     16. Daily Money Manager

American Association of Daily Money Managers


     17. Disability Management Specialist

Certification of Disability Management Specialists Commission


     18. Executive Certificate Program in Home Modification

University of Southern California’s Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center


     19. Fitness Technology/Personal Fitness Trainer                 Multiple schools

American Council on Exercise ACE

National Federation of Professional Trainers


     20. Geriatric Care Management                                          Multiple schools

National Academy of Certified Care Managers


     21. Gerontology Certificate -1 yr (for academic credit)      Multiple schools

Portland Community College


     22. Home Inspector Professional

National Association of Home Inspectors


     23. Home Organizer Consultant


     24. Hospice and Palliative Care Professional

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization


     25. Information and Referral Specialist in Aging 

Alliance of Information & Referral Systems


     26. Life Coach/Transitions Manager

International Coach Federation


     27. Occupational Therapy Assistant                                    Multiple schools

Keiser College


     28. Pharmacy Technician                                                       Multiple schools

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board


     29. Physical Therapy Aide                                                     Multiple schools

American River College

     30. Professional Development in Gerontology Certificate Program (9 months,             CEU’s)

Kennesaw State University


     31. Registered Financial Gerontologist

American Institute of Financial Gerontology


     32. Residential Interior Design Certification

The Interior Design Society


     33. Retirement Housing Professional

University of North Texas


     34. Senior Move Manager

National Association of Senior Move Managers


     35. Senior Real Estate Specialist

 Senior Real Estate Specialists


     36. Social Service Designee

American River College


     37. Volunteer Manager

Association for Volunteer Administration

     38. Weatherization Specialist

Oregon Housing and Community Services


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