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Why Become NCCAP Certified?
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.

3. NCCAP certification assures administrators and surveyors that you have met certain professional standards to become certified.

4. Many administrators will only hire activity professionals who are already certified.

5. Some administrators offer a higher salary to a certified professional.

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. CLICK HERE for more detailed information.

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 information.

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 information.

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 information.

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.

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