Answering All Frequently Asked Questions
The Living in Place Institute creates a worldwide network of professionals through professional education and awareness programs, as a fundamental shift to a simple, complete approach of Improving Home Accessibility, Health and Safety, Creating Beautiful & Connected Environments that Improves Lives and Promotes Independence and Dignity, for All Ages and Abilities.
The primary education courses include:
- Certified Living In Place Professional (CLIPP)
- Home & Accessibility Trade Specialist (HATS)
Certified Living In Place Professional (CLIPP) class cost is US$999.
The Home & Accessibility Trade Specialist (HATS) pricing is US$399
(NOTE: All above prices subject to change).
All Living In Place Institute credential programs include, at no additional cost, Active Network benefits for one year after completing all classes. At the end of each year, you are asked to pay US$99 (pricing subject to change) to renew your Network Benefits. If you do not renew, you may still use your credential, but you are limited to use of logos, etc.
Annual Active Network Benefits include:
- A Members Only listing on our website. NOTE: This portion of the website is being recreated and will not be available until December 2021.
- For the CLIPP class, a new English eManual based upon US building codes and dimensions each year.
- Free registration for a refresher class based upon your original credential.
- Access to live-virtual Forums and recordings of past Forums.
Click here for all BENEFITS.
Living In Place is the Practice of Making All Homes Accessible, Healthy and Safe, Creating Beautiful and Connected Environments for Everyone, Regardless of Age or Needs.
- Aging-in-place is directed towards older adults and may be considered as providing medical advice. Only licensed medical professionals are authorized to offer medical advice for individuals.
- Universal design is a set of ideal principles created as a university project. No examples or references to specific designs or products were given or suggested in that project.
Accessible design is focused on ensuring that there are no barriers to serving someone, through creating accommodations that solve a technical, design, physical, or cognitive barrier to engaging with a product or service.
Inclusive design is a method or philosophy of designing that means welcoming diverse people to engage authentically with your organization, products, and services.
To earn any Living In Place Institute credential candidates must:
- Meet the below professions to attend the appropriate training class.
- Fully attend all required class sessions and pass all required quizzes and exams.
Certified Living In Place Specialist (CLIPP)
All professionals who are responsible for the design, architecture, general contracting, and major elements of every project. These include:
- Designers (Kitchen & Bath, Interior Designers, Decorators, System Integration, etc.)
- Architects / Developers / Builders
- Lighting Specialists
- Medical Providers (OTs, PTs, Physicians, Nurses, etc.)
- Non-Profit and Government Staff
- Home Inspectors
- Sales Representatives
- Lenders and Financial Planners
- Insurance Agents
- Others by written request by clicking HERE.
Home & Accessibility Trade Specialist (HATS)
All trade professionals who install products and bring designs to life. These include:
- Carpenters & Deck Builders
- Concrete Contractors
- Flooring, Tiling & Surface Fabricators
- HVAC Mechanics
- Appliance Technicians
- Home Inspectors
- Professional Childproofers
- System Integrators
- Professional Organizers
- All Trade Professionals
- Structural & Mechanical Engineers
- Lighting Specialists
- Others by written request by clicking HERE.
CLIPP & LIPA
- CLIPP – All classes are required.
- There are brief quizzes after each required class with a required passing grade of 75%.
- Each individual class is 60-120 minutes each as listed below, and the On-Demand classes can be viewed as often as you wish during your Active Network period.
Class #1 - Live interactive virtual
- Introduction to Living In Place
- Overview of Course Objectives
- Experiential Meal
Class #2 – On-demand
- Interprofessional Teams
- Statistics & Trends (The Why of Living In Place)
Class #3 – On-demand
- Medical Issues & Solutions
- Home Assessments
- Living In Place Institute Network
Class # 4 – On-demand
Design Solutions & Wellness
- General Topics
- Halls & Walkways
CLASS #5 – On-demand
Design Solutions & Wellness (continued)
CLASS #6 - On-demand
Design Solutions & Wellness (continued)
- Class Exercise for Kitchen Design
CLASS # 7 - On-demand
Design Solutions & Wellness (continued)
- Memory & Cognitive Solutions
- Unique Needs
- Building Permits
CLASS # 8 - On-demand
Selling Living In Place
- What you are Selling
- What is a Credential
- To Whom You Are Selling
CLASS #9 - On-demand
Selling Living In Place (continued)
- Business Structure
- Strategic Plan
- Class Exercise for Vision & Mission
- Class Exercise for 6-Foot Speech
- Class Exercise for Your Online Profile
CLASS #10 – Live interactive virtual
- Networking and Lessons Learned
- Opportunities for Involvement
- Course Review
- Final Exam
- Course Evaluation
- All classes are on-demand and required. Total class time is approximately 5 hours.
- There are brief quizzes after each class with a required passing grade of 75%.
Class #1 – Why All Homes Need to be Accessible, Healthy, Safe, and Beautiful
Class #2 – Interprofessional Teams
Class #3 – Medical Issues and Solutions (Covered in 2 Parts)
Class #4 – Home Solutions & Wellness (Covered in 3 Parts)
Class #5 - How to Sell Living In Place
As recognized and credentialed by the Living In Place Institute, I agree to:
- Hold paramount the welfare of persons I serve professionally,
- Practice only in my area(s) of expertise and/or licensure, maintain high standards, and perform in a moral and lawful manner,
- Maintain the confidentiality of privileged information,
- Not engage in any conduct that constitutes a conflict of interest or adversely reflects on the Living In Place Institute,
- Broadly expand my professional practice and knowledge,
- Seek deserved and reasonable compensation for my services,
- Inform and educate the industry and public on Living In Place Institute practices and systems,
- Issue public statements in an objective and truthful manner,
- Comply with the laws and policies that guide my professional practice,
- Abide by all the Living In Place Policies & Procedures, and
- Hold the Living In Place Institute harmless for all causes and issues.
Certified Living In Place Professional (CLIPP) - During the final session of your class, you will take an electronic exam and you see your score immediately. If you achieve a passing score of 75% or more, you will be immediately CLIPP certified. If you do not pass the Final Exam, you will be notified of the reexamination process.
There are no additional fees. Every graduate is emailed a Graduation Certificate with your name, credential number, and completion date, plus a certificate of the Living In Place Institute Code Ethics and Conduct.
Home & Accessibility Trade Specialist (HATS) - After each class, you will take a quiz and if you achieve a passing score of 75% or more, you can then continue to the next required class. If you do not pass any quiz, you may retake the quiz immediately. At the end of all classes and quizzes, you will be immediately awarded be HATS credentialed, receive your graduation certificate with your name, credential number, completion date, plus a certificate of the Living In Place Institute Code of Ethics and Conduct.
The Living In Place Institute Exclusive Satisfaction Guarantee -
CLIPP - If within 60 days of taking Class #1 or anytime through Class #2 (whichever occurs first), you find that you are NOT satisfied with either the CLIPP program, please contact us by clicking HERE and we will refund your original registration fee, less any discounts. If you purchased a printed manual, simply return the manual and we will refund your money once we receive it, less US$75 for shipping and handling. NOTE: The refund, shipping and handling pricing terms are subject to change.
HATS - If within 60 days of registering for the HATS class or anytime through Class #4 – Part A (whichever occurs first) that you are NOT satisfied with the program, simply click HERE and we will refund your original registration fee. NOTE: The refund terms are subject to change.
All course and activity records are kept by the Living In Place Institute for seven years. This may include items such as:
- Pre-Registration & Registration Materials
- Contractual Agreements
- Attendance Records
- Quizzes and Examination Records
- Certification Records
- Training materials
Records may either be stored as physical records or electronically with off-site storage (at a separate physical facility or through cloud-based storage).
Only the Living In Place Institute has access to registrant records, unless required for CEU auditing, by court order, etc.
Attendee information, such as name, email, etc. may be shared with event sponsors.
If a prior class attendee requests a record of their attendance, they must submit a request in writing by clicking HERE.
CEUs are not required to maintain your active CLIPP, LIPA or HATS status. The first year after you graduate, all applicable benefits are included, such as access to Living In Place Institute presentations, attendance at specific, closed Forums, and a profile on our Members Only page.
For CLIPP, LIPA and HATS keeping your Living In Place Institute Network Benefits active starts the year after you graduate, and the cost is US$99 (for each credential ) after each year to maintain all your benefits. (NOTE: the Living In Place Institute Networks Benefits fee is subject to change at any time.)
Each year after your first year, if you maintain your Network Benefits, CLIPP and LIPA members have access to a non-printable E-manual plus a no-cost registration to attend one scheduled CLIPP or LIPA course anytime during their Active Network period. For more information, click HERE to see the Network Benefits Chart for complete benefits.
Certified Living In Place Professional (CLIPP) education has been pre-approved for 16 hours of Continuing Education for members of the following associations:
- National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA)
- Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), including members of:
- American Society of Interior Design (ASID)
- International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
- Interior Designers of Canada (IDC)
- National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)
- American Society for Home Inspectors (ASHI)
- American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)*
- Society of Certified Senior Advisors (SCSA)
The CLIPP Program May Meet CEU Qualification Requirements For Members Of The Following Associations:
- National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Many other organizations
The CLIPP Program May Meet CEU Requirements In States That Have Their Own CEU Programs For The Following Licensed Medical Professionals:
- Occupational Therapists*
- Physical Therapists*
*The Living In Place Institute will not submit documentation or application fees for OTs in states that do not honor AOTA’s CEU program, as well as for individual states for Physical Therapists.
Living In Place Associate (LIPA) & Home and Accessibility Trade Specialist (HATS) programs are not approved for CEUs, but may comply for CEUs required by various outside organizations. Please contact your individual organization directly for more information about CEU compliance.
You must take the appropriate class for you profession. For reference, see FAQ #5 above.
As our classes are On-Demand, you can start taking the classes immediately after registering.
ON-SITE CLIPP & LIPA COURSES ONLY
- Registration closes 11:59 PM ET, about two calendar weeks prior to the class for Continental U.S. mailing addresses.
- Optional black & white printed manual and/or an Experiential Meal kit may be ordered about two calendar weeks prior to the class for Continental U.S. mailing addresses, and 3 weeks prior for most international addresses plus applicable extra shipping fees.
- Late registrations may be allowed with advance written permission. Please contact us by clicking HERE.
Course Completion Requirements – As we want you to get the most out of our training, we have a requirement that you will need to complete your course within 60 days of registration. If you need more time to complete the training, there is a US$129 fee for another 60 days. Please reach out to Info@LivingInPlace.Institute with any questions.
You will have access to the video training sessions and the eManual for 1 year from your registration.
Changes – all changes require prior written approval by clicking HERE
- To change an existing registration date.
- Transferring registration to another person.
Cancellation & Refunds
- If the Living in Place Institute postpone or cancels a Live-In Person class, the Registrant may choose:
- A new class at no additional fee.
- A 100% refund (paid within 14 business days) to their original payment method.
- If the Registrant does not attend a Live-In Person class without advance notification:
- Registrant is responsible for the full original registration fee.
- Registrant is required to return any and all course materials shipped to them at their expense.
The Living In Place Institute strives to accommodate all individuals in our classes, seminars, and activities. For In-Person classes or events, we will try our best to comply with all requests sent at least three weeks in advance by clicking HERE.
We will make every effort to ensure the facility may be able to accommodate the following:
- Walker & wheelchair accessibility to all events, including ramps, automatic doors, accessible restrooms, etc.
- Accommodations for vision challenges.
- Individual food needs and/or desires.
Presenters and presentations require prior written approval from the Living In Place Institute.
The Living In Place Institute requires the following Professional Conduct & Requirements from its Presenters:
- Presenter will inform in writing and request written approval from the Living In Place Institute any proprietary interest in any product, instrument, device, service, or material discussed during their presentation, and the source of any compensation.
- Presenter is compliant with copyright laws and has ownership or permission to use all materials used in conjunction with the presentation and will hold harmless the Living In Place Institute.
- Presenter will demonstrate high standards of professional conduct and not discriminate in accordance with the Living In Place Institute Non-Discrimination Policy.
The Living In Place Institute does not discriminate against anyone based on their race, color, creed, age, physical challenges, gender, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, parental status, income, or other criteria.
All Programs, as well as any printed or electronic materials, will be presented in English. The Living In Place Institute will make reasonable efforts to translate materials into other languages or transcription into braille if the registrant or sponsor pays the cost of translation and/or transcription services.
For Class #1, you have the option to either make your own Experiential Meal Kit or purchase one during the registration process. If you wish to make your own, click HERE - NOTE: This will download a PDF file that you will need to open.
If you have completed your registration and want to purchase an Experiential Meal Kit, use THIS LINK. There is a minimum 2-week shipping time prior to attending Class #1. Cost is US$99 in the Continental U.S. ONLY - Outside of the Continental U.S. please click HERE. for cost and shipping time (Experiential Meal Kit pricing subject to change).
As we want you to benefit as much as possible from your Living In Place Institute credential, you have 60 calendar days from when you register to when you finish the CLIPP or HATS program. If you do not finish in this period of time, there will be a US$125 fee to give you another 60 calendar days to finish it. This fee does not apply to individuals taking their respective Refresher class.
You will still have access to the On-Demand videos for a full year from when you registered for your program.