In 1992, NCCAP adopted a Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals (MEPAP) as the accepted curriculum. The plan was first presented in 1991 by the National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP) and The National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP). Since July 1, 2002 the MEPAP Part 1 has been a required component for certification for all activity professionals. To continue to meet the needs of the profession and prepare students to become an activity professional, the NCCAP board, curriculum committee, and strategic planning committee have worked together to "reengineer" the modular program. The MEPAP second edition consists of 20 learning modules, with detailed core content areas for each. The second edition prepares students to meet the STANDARDS FOR PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION IN ACTIVITY SERVICES that was adopted by the NCCAP Board in 2003.
1 Foundation Understandings
STANDARD 2 Activity Services Practice Infrastructure
3 Activity Services Clinical Practice
4 Activity Services Management
5 Activity Service Field Experience
The MEPAP 2nd edition is 180 hours of educational learning and 180 hours of experiential learning (practicum), and is required for NCCAP certification.
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, staffing, directing and controlling. Adapted from Natalie Davis, ACC.