Originally conceived in 2001, the National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation is one of the most popular professional credentials the association offers, second only to its Long-Lived CAPS PopularityCertified Green Professional (CGP) designation. More than 650 people completed the CAPS program last year, bringing the total number of graduates to 3,511 at the end of 2010.

NAHB Remodelers Council executive director Therese Crahan says that the program continues to grow. “We’ve never had a down year, which isn’t something any of the other designations can say,” Crahan says. The organization plans to roll out an advanced CAPS class later this year.

The NAHB’s fourth quarter 2010 Remodeling Market Index (RMI) showed that 68% of companies now perform some type of aging-in-place remodeling, most of which centers around bathroom accessibility upgrades. Learn about some of these projects in this month’s kitchen and bath feature.