Living in Place Institute Debuts HATS Certification for Integrators

Living in Place Institute’s Home & Accessibility Trade Specialist (HATS) is on-demand certification for designing aging-in-place solutions.


The Living In Place Institute, the educational organization behind the Certified Living in Place Professional and Living In Place Associate programs, announces the release of the Home & Accessibility Trade Specialist (HATS) program.

HATS is an education program designed just for trade professionals to make all homes safe, healthy, and comfortable for the elderly or disabled. HATS education provides the specific training necessary to compete in today’s world of focusing on homes for all ages and needs.

Trade professionals represent over 6 million workers in the U.S. alone who are responsible for building homes and bringing home designs to life.

Erik Listou, one of two co-founders of the Living In Place Institute, says, “I started my 50+ years building career as a tradesperson and learned the code of ‘Safety-First’ for workers.’

“Now, for the first time, we can learn together how to expand that Safety-First mantra into making all homes safe and healthy for our clients and customers, of all needs and ages. We recognized most trade professionals do not have a credential to demonstrate their professionalism and industry involvement to their clients and HATS meets that need.”

The HATS program is easy for all trade professionals to attend. The class is a series of on-demand, pre-recorded sessions that cover a wide range of topics, each followed by a brief quiz. Topics include:

  • Why All Homes Need to be Safe – Healthy – Comfortable
  • Interprofessional Teams
  • Medical and Cognitive Issues and Solutions (2 parts)
  • Home & Wellness Solutions (3 parts)
  • How to Sell Living In Place

HATS trade professional candidates include:

  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Painters
  • Carpenters & Deck Builders
  • Flooring, Tiling & Surface Fabricators
  • Appliance Technicians
  • Concrete Contractors
  • Drywallers
  • Handypersons
  • HVAC Mechanics
  • Professional Organizers
  • System Integration Installers

Co-founder Louie Delaware adds, “Registration opens on November 23 with a Black Friday Week Special reduced pricing from $299 to $149 through November 30th, and for the remainder of 2020 the pricing is $199. As an added benefit, like other education programs from the Living In Place Institute, there is a money-back guarantee for HATS.

“There is already interest from product vendors who want to be part of this new education program that helps reinforce the trades’ role in the dynamic shift from aging in place to Living In Place, and they also see HATS as an opportunity to take their product/service messages to a wider audience.”

Listou says, “After experiencing not enough qualified tradespersons throughout my career, we are excited and honored to be a part of not only creating this education, but also raising the stature and respect of the trades heroes of the building industry.”