18 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

  1. Be at least 17 years of age
  2. Have graduated from high school or apply as a mature student who did not graduate from high school but is at least 19 years of age
  3. Provide proof of English proficiency
  • Grade 12 or higher level English course.

High School English 12: C+ (or equivalent) from an English speaking country.
University or College level English course (non‐ESL): C+ from an institution where English is the language of instruction.

  • Proof of four‐year undergraduate degree from a recognized institution where English is the principal language of the country and the language of instruction.
  • English Language Test (only valid for two years):

TOEFL: 68 iBT (with no individual score less than 16), 190 CBT, or 520 PBT
IELTS: Academic version 6 (with no band test score less than 5.5)
Cambridge International Exam: GCE O level C
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.

Admission Procedure

  1. Complete and submit the application form
  2. Pay the non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit the following documents:
  • Official high-school or college/university transcripts and/or diploma (translated into English, if necessary)
  • Statement of Intent, approximately 150-200 words
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Proof of Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status(if applicable)
  1. VPC will issue the following:
  • Official acknowledgement of your application (this does not guarantee admission to the program)
  • A receipt for the application fee
  • Student Enrollment Contract with statement of fees when the admission requirements are met
  1. Submit the appropriate fees and signed Student Enrollment Contract
  2. VPC will issue a welcome letter with further information on the College


COMM225Managerial Communications6 weeks48 hours
SLM100The Operation of Retirement Communities6 weeks48 hours
SLM101The Concept of Selling to Seniors4.5 weeks31.5 hours
SLM102Healthy Aging and the Aging Process
4.5 weeks31.5 hours
SLM103Food and Nutrition for Senior Living Communities4.5 weeks31.5 hours
HRM350Contemporary Human Resources Management6 weeks48 hours
HGM304Leadership and Management in the Senior Living Industry6 weeks48 hours
SLM-WEXP48PracticumN/A48 hours
WORKSHOPSEmergency First Aid, Foodsafe Level 1, Serving it RightN/A20 hours

Each of above courses consist

  • 3 credits per course, except workshops are of 0 credit

Certification at Completion

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

Fees and Tuition

Domestic studentsCAD $4,710
International StudentsCAD $7,230

Application fees will additional

Domestic studentsCAD $125
International students CAD $200

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