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NCCAP’s Certification Requirements

Established in 1986, NCCAP has been the leading credential for person-centered care that ensures the highest quality of life for the aging population. NCCAP standards of care advance the physical, cognitive and psycho-social well-being of older adults. To date, we have trained and certified over 150,000 individuals. 

Recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), NCCAP sets the highest standards using the social model of care for the education, training, and certification of those providing care. Our certifications are designed to meet Federal Regulations and Behavioral Health Tags applicable to activities and engagement in long-term care settings.

A nationally-recognized trusted nonprofit credentialing body, NCCAP works with care partners across all settings. Whether traditional long-term care, assisted living communities, adult day centers or care provided to someone aging in place at home, NCCAP certification advances the quality of life and continuity of care for those we serve.

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 an NCCAP certification can also add a Specialization in a number of areas by meeting specific Continuing Education (CE) requirements.

Criteria In Becoming Certified
  • National Certification Council of Activity Professionals (National Level)

    Example:  If you are applying for certification under TRACK 1… You MUST complete the following requirements:

    · Completion of MEPAP I
    · Completion of MEPAP II
    · 4000 hours of work experience
    · 30 hours of Continuing Education Units
    · Bachelor’s Degree

  • – Apply to sit for the National Examination
    · Pass the exam(NOTE: The exam process….effective January 2012

NOTE:  MEPAP I & II are required for NCCAP Activity Director Certification

Additional TRACKS for review are located on NCCAP’s website!!!