|1. Federal Law, OBRA,
states that an activity department must be
directed by a "qualified professional."
One of the ways to become qualified is to become
a Certified Activity Professional.
2. NCCAP certification is recognized
by the Centers for medicaid and medicare services (CMS), formerly
HCFA, as an organization that certifies activity professionals
who work specifically with the elderly.
certification assures administrators and
surveyors that you have met certain professional
standards to become certified.
administrators will only hire activity
professionals who are already certified.
administrators offer a higher salary to a
6. Become NCCAP
certified so others will know that you are
nationally qualified and giving quality activity
service to residents/clients.
May derive from a wide variety of curriculums:
Social Work, Recreation, Education, and Business
degrees. These are a few of the educational
backgrounds that represent our certified members.
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Activity work experience with elderly
populations, where at least 50% are 55+ years of
age. Some volunteer work with elderly clients may
be applied. CLICK HERE for more detailed
Current education (within past 5 years):
workshops, seminars, college courses that keep
the activity professional abreast of present
trends. NCCAP's Body of Knowledge contains 27
areas of education with many subheadings that are
applicable. CLICK HERE for more detailed
May include: advising a group, working one to
one, teaching a class, conducting workshops,
publishing professional articles, supervising
students and/or managing 5 or more activity staff
persons. CLICK HERE for more detailed
The cost of being certified initially ranges from $60 to $80
depending upon the level. Renewal is required every two years
with 20-40 hours of continuing education and a fee of $50. CLICK
HERE for more detailed information.