GPA Certified Coach Training

Can I be a GPA Certified Coach?

GPA Certified Coaches may be staff in small or large organizations specializing in dementia and/or health care that have an agreement with Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE) Inc. to facilitate Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) education sessions for staff or students. GPA Certified Coach candidates are certified after successful completion of the GPA Certified Coach Training Workshop, and must agree to deliver and support the GPA curriculum according to standards established by the GPA Advisory Committee for all GPA education sessions. GPA Certified Coach materials include streamlined manuals, as well as educational and supportive tools. See below for what’s involved and how to register for GPA Certified Coach training …

GPA Fact Sheet GPA Certified Coach Training Outline


15 hours (2 consecutive 7.5-hour days)


2 GPA Certified Master Coaches


At the time of online registration, you will be required to upload supporting documentation (download and view template) briefly outlining the following:

  • Experience in dementia care, geriatric care, or a related field
  • Experience in teaching
  • Relevant job role and ongoing relationship with recipients of GPA education sessions
  • Documented employer support
  • Completion of either GPA Basics Education Session or GPA-Recharged or GPA online eLearning program (dated within the last 24 months) is required*

Option 1: Participate in a GPA Basics Education Session at your  workplace.  If GPA is not available, proceed to options below

Option 2: Register for a GPA Basics Education Session (7.5 hour classroom setting)

$180 plus tax Register Here! (Southern Ontario residents only)

Option 3: Register for the GPA eLearning Program (2-3 hour online)
$90 plus tax  Contact AGE Inc. for registration

Please note: You are not permitted to charge fees for providing the GPA Curriculum as a GPA Certified Coach – education is part of your job responsibility.

Completion Requirements

100% attendance, skills and teaching demonstration


2-year certification


40 teaching hours/2 years (including up to 10 hours professional development) $100 fee

Standard Price

$800 / attendee (credit/debit card payment only)

Course Content

  • GPA Basics
  • GPA Activities
  • Practice Facilitation Exercise
  • Adult Learning Principles

Course Materials

Instructional Manual, slide presentations with embedded media, supportive video demonstrations, and other online tools