Gerontology Certificate

Explore the aging process and how it can impact mental health. Learn about ethical and legal issues, health promotion and current issues and trends.

Canada’s Senior Population

According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Canada’s senior population will grow by 68% and the number of seniors over the age of 75 will double by 2037. Healthy aging and quality of life will be top priorities for seniors in Canada.

Gerontology Certificate – Overview

As our seniors’ population increases, so does the demand for knowledgeable, skilled, and compassionate seniors’ (add more here) care professionals. Now more than ever, gerontology professionals are in demand. For professionals already working in healthcare, social services, legal services and education, the Gerontology certificate is a logical choice. This certificate is delivered fully online so that you can complete assignments when it’s most convenient for you, all while receiving support from a dedicated instructor and interacting with classmates.

There are 4 main topics of study:

  1. Healthy Aging
  2. Ethical Support of Older Adults
  3. Cognitive Health
  4. Health Promotion

This online certificate is a collection of self-paced, instructor supported modules focused on the physical, emotional, mental, social and ethical aspects of aging. The core of which are understandings of what constitutes healthy aging in Canada, and how gerontology professionals support the health and well being of Canada’s senior population.

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Course Format and Schedule

Instructor Supported courses come with the support of a dedicated Instructor but do not follow a set class schedule. Students work at their own pace to complete the course within a set time period. The Instructor may offer pre-recorded lectures that are available for students to review or monthly check-in sessions that students can participate in via phone or video.

The Instructor Supported format offers students continued support from a dedicated Instructor with the flexibility to complete the certificate over a longer period of time.

The Aging Process training module will explore the social, biological and psychological aspects of aging.  Social theories of aging will be explored. Students will explore the functional changes of aging, common illnesses related to aging, and the relationship between aging and quality of life. Diversity in aging will be explored from a cultural and religious perspective. Psycho-social issues facing aging population will be explored including:  relationships with children, sexuality and love, retirement. A brief orientation to death and dying is discussed.

The Cognitive Issues in Aging training module will look at issue of mental health as it relates to the aging process. Illnesses such as dementia, depression, and delirium will be explored in the context of causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention. Students will explore various cognitive assessment tools and supports available. Current issues related to mental health and aging will be discussed.

The Ethical and Legal Aspects of Aging training module explores the issues of consent and capacity as they relate to aging. Students will identify and discuss when capacity is assessed and how; issues of consent, including substitute decision makers. Advanced care planning is discussed. The issue of MAID (medical assistance in dying) is explored and discussed. Elder abuse is explored in the context of signs & symptoms and how to report.

The Health promotion training module explores how to engage people in adopting a healthy lifestyle during the aging process. Recreational activities and programs are explored as well as community resources available. This module also explores pain management and issues of sleep. Aging and technology are also explored in this module.

The Community Resources and Social Policy training module explores community resources available for seniors. Social issues related to aging including housing, transportation, income will be explored. Long-term care and palliative care are explored in relation to funding and policy. Edit Course


Meet our industry-expert Instructors.


Weekly (Mondays)
3-6 months
Online (Instructor Supported)
Post-secondary education (degree or diploma) OR experience in a related field

Scholarship Offer

Register for a 2021 certificate and receive a $500 discount on tuition!

Ready to start?

Courses begin every Monday!

Who Should Take the Course?

The Gerontology online certificate is designed to provide specialized training for those working in related fields such as healthcare, law enforcement, education and social services. Anyone that works with seniors will benefit from this training.


  • Post-secondary university degree or college diploma; OR
  • Relevant professional experience


**Register for a 2021 certificate and receive a $500 scholarship towards tuition!**

The chart below outlines the cost of the classes if you choose to take them individually. Once you register for 3 more classes within a certificate you will be charged the non-refundable $200 registration fee. Individual classes must be paid in full at time of registration.

To register  for a certificate we charge a $200 non-refundable registration fee. We offer payment plans for the remaining tuition (Total due is $1,795 after the $500 scholarship discount) in 3 equal payments of $598.33 that are charged week 1, week 5 and week 9 of your course.

We also offer an extended payment plan over 6 months for monthly payments of $299.16 over 6 months. Please note your course must be paid in full prior to completion.

**Group and employer discounts and custom corporate training options are available for 3 or more students**


All reading materials are provided for this course.

Individual Cost
The Aging Process (3-6 weeks)
Cognitive Issues in Aging (3-6 weeks)
Ethical and Legal Aspects of Aging (2-4 weeks)
Health Promotion (2-4 weeks)
Community Resources and Social Policy (2-4 week)