The Certified Environmental Access Consultant
(C.E.A.C.) credentialing program is administered by
VGM Live at Home (LAH). Environmental Access is
the process of adapting the workplace, residence and/
or general environment to promote the independence,
safety and functional ability for the physically
challenged and aging individuals.
• The Certified Environmental Access Consultant
(C.E.A.C.) is a recognized certification for
professionals creating accessibility or working in
the environmental access field.
• It is recognized by a full array of referral and payer
sources, who continually seek qualified specialists
in accessible home modifications and independent
living solutions to complete design specifications,
building, remodeling, code compliance consulting,
ADL assessments, and aging-in-place needs.
These individuals view the Certified Environmental Access
Consultant certification as a symbol of competence that
separates the environmental access and accessible home
modifications industry from a para-professional trade.
Upon completion of this six-module program, you will be
1. Define disease state progression, disability and aging
issues pertinent to determining recommendations for
accessible design and construction.
2. Explain challenges and trends in our society
pertaining to aging-in-place, injury, illness, and
lack of accessible work and housing environments.
3. Describe the differences in universal design, barrier
removal, home modifications and other terms used
interchangeably by our society.
4. Explain current legislation pertaining to environmental
access, including the Americans with Disabilities Act
and the Federal Fair Housing Act.
5. Identify and recommend critical design modifications
necessary for independent function by the disabled or
elderly individual and family.
6. Define the comprehensive and often complex role
of the professional who specializes in environmental
7. Describe the range of products available to promote
independence, accessibility, and safety in the home
and work environments.
8. Identify various national, state and local funding
sources for home modifications.
9. Identify legal and ethical issues pertaining to
The C.E.A.C. certification was created to reduce
the disparity in training and practice found among
professionals who evaluate the environmental access
needs of the aging-in-place and physically challenged,
and to promote independence and empowerment
among the physically challenged and elderly. The
Certified Environmental Access Consultant credential
was launched to answer this distinct need for formal
education, validation and credibility in this rapidly
C.E.A.C. Eligibility Requirements and Application Process
C.E.A.C. Eligibility Requirements
1. To meet the licensure or certification criteria.
1.A Category Applicant: Active License or Certification achieved through written examination.
Licensure or Certification is defined as:
Hold an active license or certification i.e., National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)
Certified Remodeler, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Certified Graduate Remodeler
(CGR), Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), Remodelers Council, PT, OT, RN, CCM, Public Health
Nurse, RESNA ATP, Certified Contractor, Engineer, Architect relating to his/her services as a professional
environmental access specialist in the U.S. or its territories. The license or certification must have been
achieved through written examination and must also be free of any prior suspension or revocation by its
1.B Category Applicant: Competency identified through work experience constituting two years
full-time employment in environmental access or related services.
Holds a position, contract(s), or work experience as an environmental access specialist or in a position of
Acceptable Employment Experience or Related Services are defined as:
Two years of full-time employment performing direct environmental access services, directly supervising
those who perform direct environmental access services, or having work experience in a related field
such as ATP, PT, OT, Case Manager, Social Services, Durable Medical Equipment, etc.
2. Complete application and all necessary forms.
The actual C.E.A.C. Application is online. Once you have completed the application, it will be reviewed
by administrative staff. All eligibility criteria must be met as stated on the application. The application
fee is non-refundable.
3. Achieving a passing score of at least 75 percent on the C.E.A.C. examination.
Note: To prepare yourself for the exam, it is recommended you utilize the Core Knowledge in
Environmental Access self-study guide. You will be granted online access to the guide once VGM Live at
Home receives your completed application.
Upon passing the exam you will be awarded the C.E.A.C. credential accompanied with a Certificate of
Recognition. VGM Live at Home reserves the right to market the names and contact information of all
current C.E.A.C.s in our electronic database and to various payer sources.
The online examination consists of 125 multiple-choice questions covering the five core knowledge
domains, principles of design and practice in the field.
Examination Domain 1
The Impact of Disability and Aging: Demographics of disability impacting the home and work environment, aging
factors, function and safety issues.
Examination Domain 2
The Effects of National Health Care and Disability Systems: Legislation, community resources, roles of health
care professionals, and other pertinent systems factors that directly affect decisions and recommendations by an
environmental access specialist.
Examination Domain 3
Environmental Access Concepts and Application: Appropriate communication, documentation, the role of the
environmental access specialist, and related concepts.
Examination Domain 4
The Environmental Access Industry: Benefit systems, pay sources and cost benefit analysis.
Examination Domain 5
Legal and Ethical Responsibilities of the Environmental Access Specialist: Issues of confidentiality, ethical conflicts,
legal issues and ramifications.
Questions should be directed to VGM Live at Home at 877.404.2442 or email@example.com
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Initial certification, earned through the application and exam process, is valid for two years. In order for a
C.E.A.C.-credentialed consultant to renew his or her credential, documentation supporting the following
requirements must be submitted to the eligibility committee at the VGM Live at Home corporate office.
I. Relevant Work Experience
A credentialed consultant needs to document the following to meet the requirements for relevant work experience
during each consecutive year since earning the credential.
A. .25 full time* in accessibility consulting services (*Full-time work is defined as approximately forty hours per week.)
II. Professional Development
A. Professional development through education. Several different types of educational experiences will be recognized
by the eligibility committee to demonstrate continuing professional development. Certified consultants can earn CEUs
(continuing education unit) by attending or conducting conferences and workshops, which award qualified CEUs to
participants. Additionally, professional development may be demonstrated by earning academic credit through an
academic institution or through online course work.
III. Fee for Renewal
A fee of seventy-five dollars ($75 USD) is due at the time of renewal. The fee should be submitted with the forms
documenting renewal activities from the previous two-year period.
IV. Renewal Time Period
Renewal of the credential will be for two years and continue on a biennial basis. Renewal application and all
documentation must be submitted prior to your credential’s expiration date. Note: Environmental Access Consultants will
be given one notice to submit forms to verify satisfactory compliance with renewal requirements. If documentation is not
received, or activities do not fulfill the requirements, the credential will be revoked. Both the work experience and the
professional development requirements must be satisfied in order to be renewed.