The National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) is one of the Certifying Bodies recognized by Federal law, and incorporated in many state regulations. NCCAP is the ONLY national organization that exclusively certifies activity professionals who work with the elderly.
- Enhanced professional recognition and development
- Collaboration at the national level with other long term health care associations
- A quarterly newslette
- Inclusion in the national registry of Certified Activity Professionals
NCCAP Mission Statement
The National Certification Council for Activity Professionals is a credentialing body which sets standards and criteria for those working to meet the leisure needs of those in their care. NCCAP sets the following goals as means to achieve its mission:
- Directly provide opportunities for and/or information about educational offerings thereby enabling its members and potential members to pursue professional development.
- Educate on behalf of its membership on issues regarding credentialing in the political and industry spheres.
1. Federal Law, OBRA, states that an activity department must be directed by a “qualified professional.” One of the ways to become qualified is to become a Certified Activity Professional.
2. NCCAP certification is recognized by the Centers for medicaid and medicare services (CMS), formerly HCFA, as an organization that certifies activity professionals who work specifically with the elderly.
3. NCCAP certification assures administrators and surveyors that you have met certain professional standards to become certified.
4. Many administrators will only hire activity professionals who are already certified.
5. Some administrators offer a higher salary to a certified professional.
6. Become NCCAP certified so others will know that you are nationally qualified and giving quality activity service to residents/clients.
A. ACADEMIC EDUCATION
May derive from a wide variety of curriculums: Social Work, Recreation, Education, and Business degrees. These are a few of the educational backgrounds that represent our certified members.
B. ACTIVITY EXPERIENCE
Activity work experience with elderly populations, where at least 50% are 55+ years of age. Some volunteer work with elderly clients may be applied.
C. CONTINUING EDUCATION
Current education (within past 5 years): workshops, seminars, college courses that keep the activity professional abreast of present trends. NCCAP’s Body of Knowledge contains 27 areas of education with many subheadings that are applicable.
D. CONSULTING EXPERIENCE
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.
The cost of being certified initially ranges from $60 to $80 depending upon the level. Renewal is required every two years with 20-40 hours of continuing education and a fee of $50.
National Certification Council
for Activity Professionals (NCCAP)
P.O. Box 62589
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23466
(757) 552-0653 – FAX (757) 552-0491
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