21 credits

The increase of senior demographics, number of retirement communities and seniors’ care facilities in British Columbia and Canada has inspired Vancouver Premier College to offer Senior Living Management Certificate. The management program was created with the combined efforts between Vancouver Premier College and the British Columbia Seniors Living Association (BCSLA) Board of Directors. It is now available by attendance at the college and the diploma can be completed in less than a year. The increased demand for employees with the required qualifications has prompted VPC and BCSLA to create a program that covers all aspects of a retirement community. The curriculum was designed to prepare students for a great career in this growing industry.

Admissions Requirement

English proficiency (all students must submit one of the following):

  • English 12: C+ or equivalent
  • University or College level English course (non-ESL): C+
  • English Language Test (Valid for 2 years):
    • TOEFL: 68 iBT (with no individual score less than 16)
    • IELTS: 6.0 Academic Version (with no band score less than 5.5)
    • TOEIC: 700
    • LPI: 4
    • VPC English Proficiency Exam: 75% (Test fee: $25 CAD)
  • Completion of AEL/ESL level equivalent to the VPC English Proficiency Exam


  1. Be at least 17 years of age and have graduated from high school
  2. above 19 if applying as a mature student

Admission Procedure

  1. Complete and submit the application form
  2. Pay the application fee (Non-refundable)
  3. Submit the following documents
    • Official high school or college transcript and diploma
    • Proof of English Proficiency
    • Statement of Intent, approximately 150-200 words
    • A copy of passport
  4. Pay the application fee (Non-refundable)
  5. VPC will issue the following
    • Official acknowledgement of your application
    • Student Enrolment Contract with Statement of Fees
  6. Submit appropriate fees and signed Student Enrolment Contract


COMM 225Managerial Communications3 Credits6 weeks48 hours
SLM 100The Operation of Retirement Communities3 Credits6 weeks48 hours
SLM 101The Concept of Selling to Seniors2 Credits4.5 weeks31.5 hours
SLM 102Healthy Aging and the Aging Process2 Credits4.5 weeks31.5 hours
SLM 103Food and Nutrition for Senior Living Communities2 Credits4.5 weeks31.5 hours
HRM 350Contemporary Human Resources Management3 Credits6 weeks48 hours
HGM 304Leadership and Management in the Senior Living Industry3 Credits6 weeks48 hours
SLM-WEXP 48Practicum3 Creditsn/a48 hours
WorkshopsEmergency First Aid, Foodsafe Level 1, Serving it Right0 Creditsn/a20 hours

Certification at Completion

  1. Senior Living Management Certificate from Vancouver Premier College of Hotel Management
  2. One Course Certificate from AHLEI
  3. Three (3) Workshop Certificates
  • Foodsafe Level 1
  • Serving It Right
  • First Aid

Note: Students must achieve 70% or higher on all the AHLEI core course exams to receive any applicable AHLEI certification.

Fees and Tuition

Domestic students CAD $4,710
International students CAD $7,230

Application fees will additional

Domestic students CAD $125
International students CAD $200

For more information or inquiries, please contact Sam Zeitoun, our Senior Living Program Coordinator at or 778-686-3775