The online version of this program is available to domestic students only (program code: RRM1).
The in-class version of this program is offered at Fanshawe’s London South Campus (program code: RRM1B)
They are the elders who teach us. The voices of our history. The link to our past. And it’s our responsibility to listen, nurture and provide a safe, caring environment so they can continue to be productive and inspiring.
Managing a retirement residence requires a dynamic set of flexible skills, leadership and strong ethics. Fanshawe’s Retirement Residence Management program will propel you to the forefront of this ever-expanding field. By 2030, more than a quarter of Canadians will be over the age of 65, and the retirement they want is one you can help give them. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills, your ability to deliver effective service and to market retirement living. You’ll also learn the latest motivational techniques in leadership.
With your undergraduate degree or diploma under your belt, this intensive and unique program will cap off your skills with mentoring in the workplace. You’ll learn how to lead a team of professionals who have the same goal – to provide seniors with the opportunity to live independent and active lifestyles.
The skills you’ll learn are in demand, and that demand is growing as the population ages. They’ve raised us. They’ve helped us. It’s time to give back.
Students will also complete an experiential learning "mentorship" component at a retirement facility.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
Plan and implement operational strategies and collaborative leadership practices in the Retirement Communities sector.
Analyze, forecast, and budget revenue and expense targets and recommend effective strategies for the organization.
Develop and promote marketing strategies that attract and retain suitable seniors to retirement communities.
Design and implement operational procedures for a retirement facility to meet association standards.
Establish a human resource management framework utilizing culturally appropriate methods and strategies to enhance employee and management relations.
Identify and help meet the psychological, physiological, social and spiritual needs of seniors.
Assess, plan, and implement proper nutrition standards for clients.
Incorporate various principles, theoretical frameworks, and methods into practice in retirement communities’’ facilities.
Communicate effectively in a caring environment that includes people of diverse backgrounds.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MGMT-6073 Leadership 3
MGMT-6109 Employee Relations 4
NUTR-6002 Geriatric Nutrition 4
GERI-6023 Social Gerontology 3
ENVR-6002 Environmental Services 3
RECN-6002 Recreation & Leisure for Retirement 3
MGMT-6076 Mentorship 1 3.4
MKTG-6026 Marketing for Retirement 3
HOSP-6003 Hospitality Operations 3
FINA-6024 Financial Mgmt for Retirement 4
COMM-6037 Workplace Communications 3
LAWS-6040 Legislation for Retirement 3
MGMT-6074 Independent Work Study 4
MGMT-6077 Mentorship 2 3.4
Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency requirement and graduate from this program
A Two- or Three-Year College Diploma, or a Degree
Acceptable combination of related work experience and post-secondary education as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above*
Note: *Applicants may be required to submit a resume and cover letter that includes details of work experience.
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Personal Preparation
Familiarity with the Retirement Residence Industry in Ontario
Applicant Selection Criteria
Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Prior to being in the Retirement Residence Management program for both MGMT-6076 and MGMT- 6077, you will be required to submit the following documents:
2 step TB test completed independently
Vulnerable Sector Police Check
As the documents can be time-sensitive, students are encouraged to start the process as soon as they have been accepted to the program.
Retirement Residence Managers foster a team of professionals responsible for the following departments: Foodservice, Wellness, Recreational Activities, Sales and Marketing, Facilities and Maintenance. Before graduating to seek employment in the growing Retirement Residence Industry, students will complete two experiential learning components in a Retirement facility.