NCCAP Recertification offers NCCAP-Certified activity professionals a simple way to renew and maintain their valuable membership. Our Recertification process takes your schedule into account without lowering the high standards that make NCCAP Certification a nationally-recognized and respected credential. Updated NCCAP Standards can be downloaded from the “Forms and Downloads” section of this website.

General Information and Fees for Renewing

1. Renewal is required every two (2) years.

2. To renew you need to acquire continuing education during the two years prior to your date of expiration.

a. AAC, HCC, AAPC — 20 hours continuing education
b. ADC or ADPC — 30 hours continuing education
c. ACC — 40 hours continuing education

3. Applicable continuing education. (see Continuing Education Standards)

4. For all levels of certification the renewal fee is US$75.00.

5. Late renewal fee is US$75.00 to be paid in addition to the renewal fee of US$55.00 (a total of US$130.00). The fee will be assessed to all renewals postmarked AFTER their expiration date.

6. The month of re-certification remains the same as the initial certification. This year is increased by 2. Date of renewal payment does not change the renewal date.

7. All certificates expire on the first day of the month.

8. Returned checks will be assessed a US$60.00 fee.

9. Renewal applications not meeting standards will be charged a non-refundable processing fee of US$60.00.

10. Applications will not be processed without receipt of payment.

11. It is the policy of NCCAP to deposit checks upon receipt. This does not mean that certification has been granted.

12. Refunds will be processed based on NCCAP policies.

Renewal Continuing Education Standards

PART 1. Time when continuing education was received:

a. completed within previous two (2) years
b. includes college or university coursework

PART 2. Qualifying continuing education:

a. content from:

1) NCCAP Body of Knowledge
2) Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals: (CC 1-20)
3) applicable coursework (see
Academic Education Standards )

b. conditions to meet NCCAP continuing education standards:

1) at least 60 minutes in length (consistent with IACET standards)
2) taken in a group setting with leader and discussion
3) when CEUs are received, one CEU = 10 clock hours

c. Types of applicable continuing education

1) healthcare related courses up to 20% of total CE hours (CNA, transporting, CPR, First Aid, etc.)
2) workplace in-service, if content is applicable, 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
  • ADC = 6
• ADPC = 6
• ACC = 8


4) 30% CE taken in a facility that is a subscriber to Primedia , Relias or Care to Learn is acceptable, provided the certificate of attendance has the information listed on the sample certificate. 30% of CE hours per level =


• AAC/HCC = 6 hours
• ADC = 9 hours
• ADPC = 9 hours
• ACC = 12 hours


5) distance technology (online, web, home study) must be preapproved by NCCAP to be used for continuing education
6) Facility tours, when part of state or national activity conventions and with NCCAP preapproval
7) activity related adult education, workshops, seminars, and educational sessions
8) college courses 

a) taken from accredited college or university within the last 2 years
b) one semester hour = 15 hours
c) one quarter hour = 10 clock hours

9) activity courses (other than the Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals) can be used only for continuing education
10) college or university independent study or correspondence study courses that meet NCCAP continuing education standards accompanied by an official transcript
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) may only be used for 20% of CE hours

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

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

Reinstatement of Certification

Certification can be renewed up to one year after the expiration date. Activity Professionals are not permitted to use the certification titles during the reinstatement period. Activity Professionals who lapse beyond the reinstatement period must reapply as a new applicant and meet any new standards at the time of the application. Certification files will not be returned but automatically destroyed after a lapse of one year.

Level Change

Activity Professionals seeking a level change need to complete a new application. This application will be merged with the one on file (for review). It is not necessary to duplicate information already on file with the first application. Applicants need only add the additional information obtained. The fee is US$70.00. The expiration date will remain the same.

Notification and Review Process

A renewal notice will be mailed to the address on file 90 days prior to the expiration date. . Renewals will be reviewed by a volunteer member of the Recertification Committee. This review may take 6 – 8 weeks. Once your renewal is approved, copies of your certificates are destroyed. A renewal packet including a renewal certificate will be mailed to you. Applications requiring more information will be referred back to the applicant. A fee of US$75.00 will be charged for processing. A typed letter of appeal may be submitted within 60 days of any denial.

NCCAP Pre-Approval Number for Educational Offerings

As a service to instructors and security for participants, NCCAP offers course and workshop pre-approval numbers that can be part of a marketing brochure and the certificate of attendance. THIS PRE-APPROVAL IS NOT MANDATORY. Educators and instructors should contact the NCCAP office for Pre-Approval Application forms.

Academic Education Standards

Academic Education Standards
Coursework Areas

  • A – English
    1 English Composition
    2 Report Writing
    3 Technical Writing
  • B – Art / Recreation / Programming
    4 Speech, Drama, Languages, Non-Verbal Communication
    5.Art Appreciation & Theory, Creative Arts
    6.Music Appreciation &Theory, Performing Arts
    7.Spirituality, Religion, Theology
    8.Leisure Education
    9.Literature, Creative Writing

C – Sciences
10 Gerontology, Aging
11 Psychology, Human Development, Counseling
12 Sociology, Death & Dying
13 Health Services, Public Health, Non-Traditional Health, Pharmacology
14 Wellness, Fitness, Movement, Dance, Adapted PE
15 Therapies (Occupational, Recreational, Dance, Music, Speech, Physical)
16 Biological Sciences (Anatomy, Physiology, Biology of Aging)
17. Human Services (Behavior Management, Stress Management, Family Services)

18. Generational Diversity

  • D – Management
  • 19.Communication Arts, Graphics, Journalism, Media
    20 Leadership, Group Dynamics, Interpersonal Relationships
    21 Professional Development, Ethics
    22 Administrative Practices, Personnel, Marketing, Statistics
    23 Community Relations, Public Relations, Public Speaking
    24 Education Theory & Practice, Adult Learning, Curriculum Development
    25 Computer Science, Software Development, Data Entry

    26 Budget, Math, Finance, Accounting, Statistics
    27 Western Civilization, American Government, World History

MEPAP Course Requirement

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.

STANDARD 1 Foundation Understandings

STANDARD 2 Activity Services Practice Infrastructure

STANDARD 3 Activity Services Clinical Practice

STANDARD 4 Activity Services Management

STANDARD 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.

Renewal Form


P.O. Box 62589
Virginia Beach, VA 23466-2589

Renewal Form