Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Seniors Living Management Certificate

The Seniors Living Management Certificate program, developed through collaboration between Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and the BC Seniors Living Association (BCSLA), provides knowledge and skills in the areas of management, labour relations, residential site operations, healthy aging and nutrition in the owning and operating of residences for active seniors.

As our population continues to age, so too does the demand for quality residences for this demographic. Learners have a unique opportunity to join the evolving seniors care market in BC and to be rewarded by responding to the residential needs of active and vibrant older people.

The BCSLA ( works with Independent and Assisted Living providers to form and strengthen vital resident-responsive communities that foster independence and freedom of choice for seniors who have a proactive approach to health and wellness.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

This program appeals to individuals wishing to establish or expand their employment opportunities in the growing field of residence management for active seniors.

Program Requirements

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must complete and submit a Program Admission form.

Admission Requirements

Additional Requirements

Following program admission and prior to enrolment in a practicum course, a satisfactory and current Criminal Record Check (PDF, 381 KB) must be completed.

A clear criminal record is a pre-practicum and pre-employment requirement. A criminal record may limit practicum placement and prevent program completion. Refer to

Admission Recommendations

Experience working or volunteering with active seniors

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 6 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Core Course Requirements

23 credits total, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher over all courses required for the credential, as follows:

MNGT 1211, Management Principles and Practices (3)
MNGT 2131, Motivation and Productivity (3)
BBUS 3811 Human Resource Management (3)
HLTH 1021, Nutrition for Health and Changing Lifestyles* (3)
HLTH 3711, Healthy Aging: A Contemporary Perspective* (3)
HLTH 3713, Seniors Residential Site Operations (5)
HLTH 2707, Seniors Living Observational Practicum (1)
HLTH 3707, Seniors Living Project Practicum (2)


Courses that have a practicum component are held in BC and are available only to students residing in BC. Applicants residing outside BC who want to complete the program may participate at practicum sites in BC, if appropriate arrangements can be made. Punctual attendance and active participation is required.

Students are responsible for all costs associated with practicum courses and activities. Practicum courses may be limited by geographic location, time of year, and space and enrolment. Practicum placements cannot be guaranteed in the student's home region.

Individuals working in the seniors residences industry may have prior courses or diplomas that will transfer in as credit courses. In addition, PLAR, as per TRU Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Policy - ED 2-0, is available to students currently working in the industry.

Students are responsible for consulting with their program advisor to ensure that the courses they select are appropriate for their program of study and educational goals. Students who proceed without approval may find that a course does not meet their requirements and may be subject to transcript assessment fees.


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