Continuing Education Standards


1. Time when continuing education was taken:

a. for initial certification, completed within previous 5 years; this includes college or university coursework
b. for renewal of certification, completed within previous 2 years; this includes college or university coursework

2. Qualifying continuing education:

a. has not been used for academic education requirement/not part of the degree
b. content from:

1) Body of Knowledge
2) Applicable course work (see
A.3. or Body of Knowledge)

c. conditions to meet continuing education standards:

1) at least 60 minutes in length (consistent with IACET standards)
2) taken in a group setting with leader and discussion or has NCCAP pre-approval.
3) when CEU’s are received, one (1) CEU=1 actual 60 minute clock hour

d. Types of applicable continuing education

1) healthcare related courses up to 20% of total CE hours (CNA, CDL, Transfer Training, transporting, first aid, CPR, etc.) Proof of hours attended is required.
2) mandatory work place in-service, at least 30 minutes in length, can be up to 20% of total continuing education required:
3) 20% of CE hours per level =

  •  AAC = 4
  •  HCC = 4
  •  ADPC = 6
  •  ADC = 6
  •  ACC = 8

4) 4) 30% CE, taken in a facility that is a subscriber to (Primedia, Relias, Care to Learn etc.) internet streaming video with teleconferencing companies acceptable, provided the certificate of attendance has the information required (NCCAP pre-approval #) 30% of CE hours per level

  •  AAC = 6 Hours
  •  HCC = 6 Hours
  •  ADPC = 9 Hour
  •  ADC = 9 Hours
  •  ACC = 12 Hours


5) facility tours, when part of state or national activity conventions and with prior NCCAP approval
6) Distance/Advanced Technology must be pre-approved by NCCAP (internet, correspondence, home study courses, etc.)
7) activity related adult education, workshops, seminars, and educational sessions at professional meetings
8) additional college courses not used for
A. Academic Education:

a) taken from accredited college or university
b) one college credit 10 clock hours


9) activity courses other than MEPAP can be used only for continuing education
10) college or university independent study or correspondence study courses that meet required content standards as C. 2. b. above
11) educational articles written by the applicant pertaining to the profession and published in state or national professional publications or online.

a) count 1 hour for each 400-600 words
b) include a copy of published material or link with application
c) up to 20% of total CE Hours

12) speeches given and workshops, inservices, and courses presented:

a) meet standards C. 2. a, b, and c above
b) count double the actual presentation time to account for preparation time
c) count only initial presentation if repeated
d) only 20% of CE’s can come from presenting courses, workshops, and inservices or giving speeches

14) workplace inservices ONLY can be a minimum of 30 minutes in length, up to 20% of total CE’s required

3. Items that do NOT meet NCCAP standards for continuing education:

a. entertainment, reading, travel
b. business and committee meetings
c. self-taught courses
d. any home study, internet, advanced technology
(i.e.: video and audio tapes) not pre-approved by NCCAP
e. activity experience and performing duties does not constitute education for the delivery of activity services

4. Documentation of continuing education (sample certificate enclosed in the application packet).

a. verification of CEU’s being awarded from a college or University or other accrediting body


b. a copy (retain original) of certificate of attendance (original may be requested by NCCAP office) that includes:

1) name of the attendee
2) title of the educational session
3) date of the session — Sessions/workshops over 8 hours need to include a time outline verifying the number of hours attended
4) clock hours spent in the session
5) instructor’s name and credentials
6) signature of instructor or sponsor
7) sponsoring agency

c. if the certificate does not include the content above, attach to the certificate a copy of advertisement brochure or explanation that contains the missing information
d. copy of transcripts from each college or university from which you took course work including independent study and correspondence courses (include title of course, outline/syllabus or course description) grade report not accepted
e. for articles published include a copy of the article with indication of how many words article contains
f. for speeches given, workshops and courses presented send proof that the presentation did occur (proof consists of verification on letterhead and signed by the sponsor or a copy of the participant sign-in sheet and/or a signed letter)
g. for facility in-service a copy of the sample certificate of attendance or verification including all of C. 4. b. above and the in-service director’s signature