Professional Development Program:

Gerontology Certificate


**Register for a spring or summer certificate and receive a $500 scholarship towards tuition!**

Entrance Requirements: Post-Secondary degree or diploma OR relevant experience

Currently, for the first time ever, seniors make up a larger share of Canada’s population than children. In fact, since 2011, the fastest growing population is Centenarians and Statistics Canada projects that by 2031, almost 1 in 4 Canadians will be over the age of 65.

The Gerontology online training certificate will offer students a knowledge base in order to be able to offer holistic support and care to Canada’s aging population. The certificate will explore the aging process and how it can impact mental health. Other areas of exploration will include, ethical and legal issues, health promotion and exploration of current issues and trends.

There are 5 main topics of study:

1. The Aging Process

2. Cognitive Issues in Aging

3. Ethical and Legal Aspects of Aging

4. Health Promotion for Seniors

5. Community Resources and Social Policy

Students study the physical and psycho-social impacts of aging; common mental health issues among seniors; how to prevent and report elder abuse; how to promote optimal health, and much more.

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Who Should Take the Course?

The Gerontology 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.

Instructor Supported Format

This certificate program offers convenient online delivery to best accommodate busy schedules.

(Extended Course) – 3-6 Months
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 three to six month time period. The Instructor has pre-recorded lectures that are available for students to review. The Instructor supported option offers students continued support from a dedicated instructor with the flexibility to complete the certificate over a longer period of time. Students can enter into an Instructor Supported program usually on a weekly basis.