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NCCAP Certification Standards

Welcome to the NCCAP certification process!

NCCAP Certifies On Three Levels:
1. Activity Assistant Certified - AAC
2. Activity Director Certified - ADC
3. Activity Consultant Certified - ACC

Each of these levels has differing TRACKS to help you obtain your certification.

Each of these TRACKS has, at minimum, three (3) qualifying components:

A. Academic Education
B. Activity Experience
C. Continuing Education
E. National Exam (ADC/ACC level only)
Consulting Experience (ACC level only)

May derive from a wide variety of curriculums: Social Work, Recreation, Education, Science, and Business degrees. These are a few of the educational backgrounds that represent our certiἀed members.

Activity work experience (within past 5 years) with elderly popu-lations, where at least 50% are 55+ years of age. Some volunteer work with elderly clients may be applied.

Current continuing education (within past 5 years): workshops, seminars, college courses that keep the activity professional abreast of present trends. NCCAP's Body of Knowledge contains 28 areas of education with many subheadings that are applicable.

2nd edition is 180 hours of educational learning and 180 hours of ex-periential learning (practicum), and is required for NCCAP certiἀcation. The MEPAP 2nd edition is (generally presented/taught) divided into 2 teaching portions of 90 hours each.

Part 1 prepares students for the basic functions and duties of an activity professional: to design, deliver and evaluate activity services for older adults across the continuum of care.

Part 2 prepares students to apply principles of management in their role as activity professional: to provide service through leadership, using principles of planning, organizing, stafἀng, directing and controlling.

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.

1. Applicable activity consultant experience must meet criteria on page 5. B. 1. a-d and may be a combination of:

a. one-to-one activity consultation
b. teaching a class and workshop of at least one hour

1) count the actual teaching time of presentation only the first time it is given
2) content from:

a) applicable course work (see page 5, A. 3. above)
b) teaching Modular Education Program for activity Professionals (MEPAP)
c) acting as a practicum supervisor up to 20%.

c. articles published in state or national publications

1) count 1 hour of consulting for each 400-600 words up to 20%
2) include a copy of published materials with application

d. may count up to 40 hours direct on-site supervision of activities related practicum
e. may count hours managing an activity staff of 5 or more persons at the rate of 6 hours per month up to 100 hours
f. at least 40 hours of consulting must occur outside place of current employment
g. at least 40 hours of consultation must be direct activity consultation
h. Activity Consultant Track 3 Candidate contact NCCAP office to obtain details about Track 3 requirements

2. Consulting Experience Dates: 200 hours consulting experience must be from within the last 3 years.
3. Documentation of consulting experience

a. on facility or program letterhead (sample letter format enclosed on page 11)
b. verify each aspect used, from D. 1 above
c. letter(s) also verifies:

1) employee title
2) dates of beginning and end of employment (within the last 3 years only)
3) states actual total hours of experience to date of letter

d. letter signed by administrator, program director, or supervisor
e. for all teaching submit a copy of advertising document, a copy of certificate of attendance, and verification that the session was presented (see C.4.f) including:

1) title of educational offering
2) date and time of day offered (3-15-96, 1:00–3:00)
3) place of presentation
4) presenter’s name and qualification for teaching: degree, or certification #, or experience


Activity Consultant Certified, ACC $80.00
Activity Director Certified, ADC $70.00
Activity Director Provisionally Certified, ADPC $65.00
Activity Assistant Certified, AAC $60.00

A nonrefundable processing fee of $40 will be charged for new applications, renewals, and level changes. The processing fee is included in the certiἀcation fees listed above. Returned checks will be assessed a $60 fee. Applications will not be processed without receipt of payment. It is the policy of NCCAP to deposit checks upon receipt. this does not mean that certiἀcation has been granted. Refunds will be processed based on NCCAP policies as stated in these standards.

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