CLIPP™ Freqently Asked Questions

What is a Live Interactive-Virtual Class? ››
In a Live Interactive-Virtual class you sit in the comfort of your office or home and attend the class on your computer. You will receive a package before the first class session with your manual and other classroom aids. 

LIVE - The instructor and all other attendees are live, in real time, on your computer screen. You will receive the latest information available.
INTERACTIVE - You, the instructor and all other attendees in the class can talk at any time. Ask questions, make comments, share your successes and challenges about your clients and projects.
VIRTUAL - This is all computer based. You will need a computer with a camera and microphone, and if you want to see all other attendees at all times, you will need to purchase a second monitor and cable. These are about $100 and easy to set up.

Are you not sure if you have the technical ability to attend these classes? You will not have to buy any software. We will send you the information how to download an app that makes all this possible, and easy! We will tell you how to easily set up a second monitor screen.

Each class is about 3 hours long, with a total of 6 sessions. The information is exactly the same as a Live-In-Person class.

What is the difference between this and a Live-In-Person class? The Live-In-Person class is 2 days in a classroom with all the benefits of sitting together in one room. You will need to travel, often to a distant city, arrange flights, transportation, hotel and meals. Not to mention that you have to be in the classroom from 7am-5pm for two consecutive days. Typically a total of a 4 day committment including travel.

Click here for Virtual Class General Requirements 

What is CLIPP  - Why has it captured international interest? Why is it working? ››

Certified Living In Place Professional (CLIPP) is the only program oficially Endorsed by the National Kitchen & Bath Association. CLIPP is a total market approach to making all homes accessibler, confortabel and safe, regardless of the current or future occupants needs or age.

Our research into earlier programs led to some basic conclusions. First, and most significant, they did not succeed in broad recognition or approval from either industry or consumer. Programs based on aging are inherently flawed because they focus on a segmented group and do not address the needs of all consumers or businesses. Universal Design, while we support the concept, holds it's own irony because it is a set of principles, not design ideas, nor practical solutions or business framework. All businesses know that a limited market focus results in a limited business. Even more important may be that when providers isolate a consumer into a specific group, they often resist and mistrust the provider. This resistance too often leads to denial of needs, therefore services and products, and is almost impossible to overcome when selling only group (age) based services and products.

The Living In Place Institute has developed, through a concerted effort, programs that enjoin all industry professionals in both program development and continuing participation from the entire industry and focuses on all consumers, regardless of their current or future needs or age. Included are designers, modification contractors, builders, developers and architects, trades experts, medical and non-medical care providers, real estate and home inspectors, product manufacturers, and many others.

This new methodology recognizes the responsibility of all industry professionals to network and develop business strategies for understanding common and unique issues and creating conventional business approaches of providing design and product solutions in every home.

This new methodology recognizes the responsibility of all industry professionals to network and develop business strategies for understanding common and unique issues and creating conventional business approaches of providing design and product solutions in every home.

CLIPP and the Living In Place Institute is:
  • A total-market, business approach to accessibility, comfort and safety in all homes.
  • Encompasses and anticipates needs for all ages and individuals. 
  • Teaches how to proactively establish and continue business relationships with clients, their families and friends.
  • Consumer and industry seminars available for CLIPP graduates.
  • Training manual updated between every class with up-to-date information.
  • Private on-line discussion forum.
  • All volunteer Advisory Panel, Medical Panel and Ambassadors Program 
  • Approved for CEU for: National Kitchen & Bath Association, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, American Society of Interior Designers, International Interior Design Association, Interior Designers of Canada, American Occupational Therapy Association, American Society of Interior Designers and Certified Senior Advisors. Others pending.
  • Recognized by world manufacturers: TOTO, Miele, Monogram, Pella, Hafele, Ferguson, Sub Zero/Wolf, Quick Drain, others.
  • Offers industry discounts: Help-A-Friend, Education Partners, Students and Educators, Government employees. 
  • Living In Place speakers are invited and approved presenters at national, state conferences and industry events: National Kitchen & Bath Association, American Occupational Therapy Association, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, American Society of Interior Designers, American Society of Home Inspectors, Universal Design Summit 2107, Certified Senior Advisors-Voices In Aging 2017 and others.
  • National webinar producers and presenters: National Kitchen & Bath Association and National Association of the Remodeling Industry. 
  • Invited at special feature events at trade show booths: KBIS - TOTO and Monogram (others pending)
  • Specific continuing education for CLIPP graduates.
  • Unique and comprehensive electronic home evaluation checklist available only to CLIPP graduates.
  • CLIPP graduates comprise 13% of the Kitchen & Bath Design News Magazine’s 50 Top Innovators 2017 in the kitchen and bath industry.
  • The Living In Place Institute is published in Kitchen + Bath Business, Kitchen & Bath Design News, Remodeling, Qualified Remodeler, OT Practice, American Society of Home Inspectors Reporter Magazine and the NKBA magazines, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times and AARP Bulletin, and other industry journals.
  • CLIPP is the “How To” Manual for professionals, the next logical step beyond Universal Design and Aging in Place.
  • Certified Living In Place Professional co-creators have individually served as subject matter experts, legal expert witness, judge in the Hanley Wood remodeling Design Awards and other competitions, and currently as member of Kitchen + Bath Business Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board.
  • Certified Living In Place Professional co-creators have served in numerous association leadership roles are recognized recipients of numerous local, state and national awards and together hold numerous recognized credentials.

Is CLIPP approved for CEUs? ››

YES, CLIPP is approved for CEUs for members of:

  • National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) 16 hrs
  • National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)16 hrs
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 16 hrs
  • Certified Senior Advisors (CSA) 16 hrs
  • National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) 16 hrs
  • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) 16 hrs
  • International Interior Design Association (IIDA) 16 hrs
  • Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) 16 hrs
  • American Society of Home Inspectors  (ASHI) Certified Living In Place professional course is approved for 16 of ASHI® Continuing Education Credits
  • Approved for self-reporting by the American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Approved for self-reporting by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • May be approved for self-reporting by others

What are the requirements for CLIPP certification and use of HASAC? ››
Click Here for a chart showing requirements
 

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

The Living In Place Institute is rigorous in qualifying professional candidates for certification and maintaining certification. Click HERE for a chart of the requirements to be certified and use the home assessment app tool.

For a comparison of the CLIPP Certification program versus other professional certification programs, click HERE.

All CLIPP certified professionals are required to meet specific requirements before taking the course and are required to adhere to specific requirements to maintain their certification.

Candidate Profile
A working professional who recommends, specifies, installs or sells home design and products.
Is licensed and/or certified as required in their respective state, county or municipality in their respective profession, for the duration of their certification, with copies submitted to the Living In Place Institute every time these are renewed.

Holds necessary insurance for their profession for the duration of their CLIPP Certification, including:

- General Liability Insurance - For individuals who install or oversee subcontractors who install goods.
- Workers Compensation Insurance - As required by their state, county or municipality, or can supply documentation that the principals of the company have chosen to waive this policy for themselves (but not for their workers).
- All insurance policies are to have the Living In Place Institute named as an additional insured entity. If there is any cost associated with this, it is the responsibility of the Candidate.

Contractors Experience & Background

- Contractors must have a minimum 5 years of verifiable work and/or academic experience.
- Reference letters from at least 5 clients they have worked for within the last 2 years and at least 3 trade reference from the last year.
- Pass a background check.
 

To be awarded the CLIPP program certification all candidates must:

1. Fully attend all class sessions and meet the above Candidate Profile requirements.

2. Pass a written exam that tests competency in the broad field of Living In Place™.

Code of Ethics
1. Hold paramount the welfare of persons you serve professionally.
2. Practice only in your area(s) of competence and maintain high standards.
3. Maintain the confidentiality of privileged information.
4. Do not engage in any conduct that constitutes a conflict of interest or that adversely reflects on the Living In Place Institute.
5. Broadly expand one’s professional practice.
6. Seek deserved and reasonable compensation for their services.
7. Inform and educate the public on Living In Place practices and systems.
8. Issue public statements in an objective and truthful manner.
9. Comply with the laws and policies that guide professional practice.

When is the next CLIPP class? ››
Click Here to see calendar

After the class, when am I certified? ››
Live Class Attendees - Your Exam will be graded at the end of the class. If you pass and have met all other requirements, you will immediately receive your certification.

Live, In-Person Virtual Attendees - Your Exam will be graded after the last class Session. If you pass and have met all other requirements, you will receive notice via email and be immediately certified. In that email you will receive your Certificate of Achievment and Code of Ethics, both suitable for framing.

If you do not pass the Exam, you will be notified of the re-examination options.

Who can become CLIPP? ››
Any professionals who desire to help make all homes accessible, comfortable and safe… for everyone!

What is the renewal process? ››
The cost for renewal is $85 and is non-refundable.
Contractors-only, renewal is $185 which includes the renewal fee and background check.

You will receive an invoice on about your 11 month anniversary. You may pay this online.

Inactive Status
  • If Certification lapses, use of various protected terms by the Living In Place Institute cannot be used.
  • 2-month grace period to recertify. After 2 months, an additional fee of $50 for reinstatement. NOTE: This fee is subject to change.
  • Requests submitted after 1 year of the recertification will only be considered on a case by case basis.

How much does CLIPP training cost? ››

Full cost 1,299 U.S.
Discounts available below. Use CAPITOL letters for your promo code during registration:
NKBAMEMBER  $350 Instant Savings
AOTA   $130 Instant Savings
NARI   $100 Instant Savings
ASHI   $100 Instant Savings
STUDENT   $800 Instant Savings*. Must be a current student of an accredited learning institution.
EDUCATOR   $800 Instant Savings. Must be current faculty of an accredited learning institution
Maximum total discount $400

*Students at accredited learning institution of design, architecture,construction management occupational and physial therapy or related. Attend a regulary scheduled 2-day Class or 6-Day Virtual Class and earn limited Student Certification. After full school graduation, Student-CLIPP are required to attend a second CLIPP class and pay the difference between the prevailing rate and your original fee. When registering, use promo code STUDENT

Already CLIPP certified and want to take a refresher class? $250 Discount
 _ Welcome back! Please enter promo code IAMCLIPP

Annual renewal is required at $85 per year. See, "What is the renewal process" in the FAQ section.

(Six months no interest payments for qualifying PayPal accounts. See your PayPal account for details or sign up today with PayPal.

All costs are subject to change.


What is the cost for Educators and Students? ››

Educators at accredited learning institutions for Design, Occupational Therapy and Physial Therapy:
499 US. Attend a regulary scheduled 2-day Class or 6-Day Virtual Class. Educators will receive full CLIPP certification. When registering, use promo code EDUCATOR to receive your special fee.

Students at accredited learning institutions at Design, Occupational Therapy and Physial Therapy 

Options:


(1) NO UP-FRONT COST. Attend CLIPP Training as part of a regular educational curriculum at an accredited institution, at no cost from the Living In Place Institute. If this program is not currently part of your regular curriculum, ask your administrators to contact us to bring the training into your school. After successful course completion, students will become a Student-Certified LIving In Place Professional. You are required to attend, within six months of graduation, a regulary scheduled CLIPP class and pay prevailing fees, less any available discounts (Association, Early Bird, Help-A-Friend) and upon successful completion you will become full CLIPP certified. You are not required to pay the annual re-certification fee until the one-year anniversary of your full CLIPP certification. Student-CLIPPs will not have access to use of the Home Accessibility and Safety Assessment Checklist (HASAC) outside of their regular school cirriculum. After full CLIPP certification you will have full access to the Home Assessment and Safety Assessment Checklist (HASAC) at additional fees.

(2) $499 INITIAL COST. Attend a regulary scheduled 2-day Class or 6-Day Virtual Class. Upon successful completion, graduates will become Student-Certified Living In Place Professionals. After regular school graduation, Student-CLIPP are required to attend a second CLIPP class and pay the difference between the prevailing rate less any available discounts (Early Bird, Help-A-Friend), and your original $499 Student fee. Upon successful completion of the second CLIPP class, you will become fully CLIPP certified. You are not required to pay the annual re-certification fee until the one-year anniversary of the second class. Student-CLIPPs will not have access to use of the Home Accessibility and Safety Assessment Checklist (HASAC) until full CLIPP approval at which time they will have full access at additional fees.

​All costs are subject to change.


How long does it take to complete CLIPP training? ››
Live Class Class - Two consecutive days

Live In-Person Virtual Class - Typically six, three hour sessions spread out over two weeks.

What are the hours of the training sessions? ››
Live Location Class - Most classes are from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Some locations may vary, see registration announcement for each class.

Live Interactive-Virtual Class - Classes are about 3 hours each day for six days, typically spread out over two weeks. See each class on the Calendar page for details.

To receive the certification and CEUs (if applicable), you need to be present the entire duration of each class and meet all requirements.

What are the CEU requirements ››
Each approved CLIPP professional is required to renew annually.
A total of 10 CEU hours every two years is required.
 
CEU REQUIREMENTS
One-hour engagement = one CEU credit
A total of 10 CEU credits are required every 2-year period based on your Certified Living In Place Professional™ anniversary date.

There is an annual fee for recertification. Plese see, "What are the CEU requirements" in the FAQ section.

CEU Qualification
All 10 CEUs can be received through any program CEU-approved by the following organizations, including on-demand, webinar or in-person:

  • NKBA
  • NAHB
  • ASID
  • ASHI
  • CSA
  • AIA
  • NARI
  • IIDA
  • IDC
  • NAR
  • AOTA
  • APTA
  • Others pre-approved by the Living In Place Institute

Other CEU Approved Opportunities Directed to Professionals

  1. Present a one-hour Business to Business seminar about Living In Place related topics
    1. 2 CEUs for preparation and presentation – first presentation only
    2. 1 CEU for each successive seminar
    3. Seminar must be pre-approved by the Living In Place Institute, LLC or use presentations provided by the Living In Place Institute.
  2. Publish an article in a trade publication specifically about Living In Place and/or Certified Living In Place Professional program
    1. 1 CEU credit
    2. Article must be pre-approved the Living In Place Institute, LLC prior to publication
  3. Submitting Press Releases after becoming CLIPP certified
    1. 1 CEU
    2. Can use Living In Place Institute templates
    3. Suggested places – Newspapers, Business Journals, Trade Publications, Magazines, etc.
    4. If published, submit to the Living In Place Institute
  4. Contest Award Submission in a Living In Place category (or similar term)
    1. 2 CEUs for each entry submitted
    2. 1 additional CEU for each award granted
  5. Volunteering at Certified Living In Place Professional Training Events
    1. 1 CEU per day
  6. Conducting the Medical, Pharmaceutical and Cognitive Issues on Aging section during a CLIPP course
    1. 5 CEUs
    2. Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists or Physicians Only
    3. Must be pre-approved by the Living In Place Institute, LLC.

Other CEU Approved Opportunities Directed to Consumers

  1. Presenting a Living In Place Institute 1-hour seminar
    1. 2 CEUs for preparation and presentation – first presentation only
    2. 1 CEU for each successive seminar
    3. Seminar must be pre-approved by the Living In Place Institute, LLC or use presentations provided by the Living In Place Institute.
  2. Publishing an article in consumer-directed publications with Living In Place mentioned
    1. 1 CEU per article
    2. If published, submit to the Living In Place Institute

CEU Reporting:
CEU are self reporting on your profile page.


Why do I need to pass a background check? ››
To help protect the security of homeowners, each Remodeling/Home Modification Professional is required to successfully undergo a background investigation prior to training. Additionally, these CLIPP professionals will undergo an annual background investigation (at additoinal cost) each year thereafter. To help ensure all personnel working in a home are free of security risk, each CLIPP professional is strongly encouraged to conduct a background check on their employees, as allowed by law, as well as encourage their subcontractors to do the same.

Why do I need references? ››
We assess Construction Professional CLIPP candidates as to what their past clients think of them. We provide you with a questionnaire to give to at least 5 past clients and 3 trade references. The questionnaire will include questions about your work performance, how you manage projects, if they would recommend you to a friend, etc. Each of these referenced clients will send their reviews directly to info@LivingInPlace.Institute and we will contact a sampling of these clients to verify the information.

How do I bring CLIPP training in my area? ››
Live Class Attendees - We can bring CLIPP training to your community, anywhere in the US. Call us at 888-467-3220 or  info@LivingInPlaceInstitute. 

Live, In-Person Virtual Attendees - This class is in the privacy of your office or home, all you need is an internet connection.

How do I apply to become CLIPP? ››

Visit the Class Schedule

 


Are the events ADA Compliant? ››
he Living In Place Institute strives to accommodate all individuals in our In-Person (virtual classes are excluded) Seminars and Activities. As such, we will comply with all requests, including:
  • Walker & wheelchair accessibility to all events, including wheelchair ramps, automatically opening doors, wheelchair accessible restrooms, etc.
  • Accommodations for individuals with vision impairments, including large print handouts and computer monitors used by vision impaired individuals.
  • Accommodations for individuals with hearing impairments, including closed captioned videos, special handouts for the class, etc.
  • Accommodating individual’s food needs, including special dietary and allergy requirements.
  • For registration materials for our Seminars and Events, individuals with special needs are required to communicate with the Living In Place Institute at least 3 weeks prior to an event or online course (e.g., webinar, etc.) to allow the Living In Place Institute adequate time to accommodate any needs.

What is the Course Cancellation and Refund Policy? ››

a.     At least 20 business days prior to scheduled course and re-register for a different course - 33% charge per Registrant and remaining 67% credit will be applied to a future course. 

b.     At least 20 business days prior to scheduled course and transfer registration to another person - 100% of the fees are transferrable. The new Registrant is required to complete the on-line registration process and they are required to agree to all course terms.

c.     3 to 20 business days prior to scheduled course and re-register for a different course. 50% charge per Registrant and remaining 50% credit will be applied to a future Course.

d.     3 or less business days prior to scheduled course and re-register for a different course - 40% credit will be applied to a future Course.

e.     Medical - With a licensed physician's letter stating that the Registrant can or did not attend due to a medical condition of themselves or an immediate family member, 100% of the Course fee will be applied to a future Course. If the Registrant transfers their Course registration to another Registrant, 100% of the fees are transferrable. The new Registrant is required to complete the on-line registration process and they will be required to agree to all course terms.

f.     Registrant does not notify or attend the Course, Registrant is responsible for full payment. 


Is my attendance documented? ››
Many of our courses are granted Continuing Education Units (CEUs), the Living In Place Institute will have a sign-in, sign-out form available at each In-Person class. For Virtual Classes, electronic records are kept by the Living In Place Institute. Registrant must be present for all sessions for the conplete time to qualify for CEUs.

How is my test documented? ››
All certification classes will have an examination either at the end of each day or at the end of the entire class. A passing grade will be 75% or higher is required to pass.

Who has access to customer records? ››
If a prior class attendee requests a record, they will have to submit information in writing to the Living In Place Institute that can be directly attributed to that individual, such as Association Certification or License information, date of class attendance, or other information that can be directly attributed to that individual. The records will be password protected to help prevent unauthorized access to the files. The only personnel who will have access to these records will be Living In Place Institute are authorized agents.

What if the Living In Place Institute postpones or cancels a course or seminar? ››

Once a Course has been postponed or canceled by the Living In Place Institute (LIPI), all attendees will be notified as soon as possible. The Registrant must acknowledge that the course has been postponed or canceled. LIPI will either fully credit the attendee for another Course or refund the registration fees. If the Registrant chooses to have another person attend the Course, the registration fee can be transferred with no penalty. The new Registrant is required to complete the on-line registration.


Are there any guarantees? ››
Guaranteeing Customer Satisfaction The Living In Place Institute is a national leader in high-quality educational products and services for the health care industry. Our programs are guaranteed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of participants. If a registrant has attended one of our Seminars or events, or has purchased an audio product and do not receive the professional or business benefits described in our literature, or have some other professional complaint, they are to let us know in writing within seven days of the Activity or purchase and we will issue a credit to them or anyone in their facility that can be used toward another Seminar or audio program. All returned audio products and materials must be received in original condition before a replacement is issued.

Who keeps course and activity records? ››
All records of a Seminar or Activity will be maintained for a period of at least 7 years. This will include items such as:     Pre-Registration & Registration Materials     Contractual Agreements     Attendance Records     Examination Records     Certification Records     Records may either be stored as physical records or electronically with off-site storage (at a separate physical facility or through cloud-based storage).

What is the Professional Conduct & Requirements of Presenters? ››

To be in compliance with approval organizations, The Living In Place Institute Provider Organization requires the following Professional Conduct & Requirements from its Presenters: Presenter will inform the Living In Place Institute and disclose any proprietary interest in any product, instrument, device, service or material discussed during their presentation, and the source of any compensation prior to the start of their presentation. Presenter is compliant with copyright laws and has ownership or permission to use all materials used in conjunction with the presentation. Presenter will demonstrate high standards of professional conduct and not discriminate against learners on the basis of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability and/or socioeconomic or ethnic background.


What is the Anti-Discrimination Policy? ››
As the Living In Place Institute™, LLC is an education company that helps all individuals address the needs for accessibility and safety in a home environment, we strive to be an inclusive-oriented company, and does not discriminate against any individual. Training Language All the Seminars and Activities, as well as any printed or electronic materials will be presented in English. The Living In Place Institute will take reasonable efforts to make materials in other languages if necessary, based upon economic decisions.













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