Activity Professional Certification

NCCAP standards are based on over three decades of experience educating, training and certifying over 150,000 individuals. Our standards are designed to ensure we meet Federal and State requirements applicable to the Activity Profession. Based on the social model of care, our certifications focus on activities and engagement that ensures the highest quality of life to older adults. NCCAP offers three core Activity Professional Certifications: Activity Assistant Certified (ACC), Activity Director Certified (ADC) and Activity Consultant Certified (ACC). Individuals with a NCCAP certification can also add a Specialization in a number of areas by meeting specific Continuing Education (CE) requirements.

 

Activity Assistant Certified Provisional (AACP) NCCAP offers a provisional certification for those who have a High School Diploma/GED, or are  currently working towards receiving a High School Diploma/GED, and are working towards meeting the requirements of the above NCCAP standards for AAC certification.

Standards and requirements to qualify for AACP include:

  • Academic Education: High School Diploma/GED or currently enrolled in high school or preparing for the GED exam
  • Activity Experience: 50 volunteer hours (can be practical or other service) within the past two years
  • Continuing Education: 20 clock hours (can be Honors/Advanced Placement) within the past 2 years
  • Required Curriculum: MEPAP Part 1: Core Content 1-11
  • AACP Certification is valid for 4 years, must be renewed after 2 years with 20 CEs. 
  • AACP certification is nonrenewable after that time.
  • By the end of 4 years, AACP recipients must meet all of the  requirements, including 20 additional CEs, of AAC Track 1 or 2.

 

Activity Director Certified Provisional (ADCP) NCCAP offers a provisional certification for those who are currently working towards meeting all 5  qualification components of NCCAP standards for ADC certification. Standards and requirements to qualify for ADCP include:

  • Academic Education: High School Diploma/GED or higher
  • Required Curriculum: MEPAP 1 Core Content 1-11
  • And meeting 1 of the following 3 additional requirements:
  • Activity Experience:  # hours for Academic Education level per ADC Tracks 1, 2, 3, or 4
  • Continuing Education: # of clock hours for Academic Education level per ADC Tracks 1, 2, 3, or 4
  • Required Curriculum: MEPAP Part 2 Core Content 12-20
  • The ADCP certification is valid for 6 years, must be renewed every 2 years with 30 CEs.
  • ADCP is nonrenewable after that time

 

 

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Required Renewals

1. Activity Professional Certification renewal is required every two years. Late renewal and payment
date do NOT change the two-year period. To renew you need to acquire continuing education
during the two years after initial certification and thereafter. CE requirements are as follows:
  • AAC or AACP - 20 CEs every two years
  • ADC or ADCP - 30 CEs every two years
  • ACC - 40 hours CEs every two years
  • Specializations require an additional 10 CEs in that specialization every two years
2. Home Care Certification and Montessori Dementia Engagement Certification renewal is required
every year. Late renewal and payment date do NOT change the one-year period. To renew, acquire continuing education during the year after initial certification and each year thereafter.
CE requirements are as follows:
  • Home Care Certification - 10 hours CEs annually
  • Montessori Dementia Engagement Certification - 20 CEs annually
3. Adult Day Services Certification renewal is required every two years. Late renewal and
payment date do NOT change the two-year period. To renew you need to acquire continuing
education during the two years after initial certification and thereafter. CE requirements are
as follows:
  • ADS - 20 hours CEs every 2 years
4. Renewal email reminders will be sent 90 days prior to expiration and then monthly thereafter.
5. Renewal information, including a schedule of renewal fees, and required application forms can be found on NCCAP.ORG.
6. Renewal applications can be submitted online via www.nccap.org (or printed, completed and submitted by mail to the NCCAP office)
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7. Submit renewal applications 6 weeks prior to your expiration date to allow for processing time. Renewal fees are due at the time of renewal application submission. Renewal applications received without appropriate forms and/or amount of payment are considered incomplete.
8. Notices of incomplete applications will be sent will be sent by email when discovered during initial processing and periodically thereafter up to one year from expiration of certification.
9. Processing of renewal applications can be expedited for an additional fast track fee.
10. Certification status can only be given after review and approval are complete.
11. If your certification has expired for more than one year, you must submit a new application (rather than a renewal application) per current certification standards in effect.
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Level Change

Activity Professionals seeking a Level Change need to complete a new application. The application will be merged and reviewed with the most recent previous application on file.

It is not necessary to duplicate information already on file in the most recent previous application.

Applicants only need to add additional information supporting the Level Change and pay the Level Change fee (see website for fee schedule).

The expiration date of certification will remain the same as the most recent previous application.

NOTE : If you seek a Level Change at the same time you are renewing, you MUST complete BOTH the Renewal Application as well as the Level Change Application and pay the associated fees. 

 

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