The NAAP Credentialing Center is organized as an independent credentialing body and follows the standards set forth by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and The American National Standards Institute (ANSI). As such, both NAAP and NAAPCC have separate Boards and there is no co-mingling of funds between the education body (NAAP) and the certifying body (NAAPCC). Per NCCA and ANSI standards, NAAPCC cannot offer, endorse or require a specific course for certification and cannot offer any education. NCCA and ANSI will not accredit certifying bodies that do not follow their strict standards, which ensure autonomy and no conflicts of interest. NAAPCC is committed to being a credentialing body above reproach.
NAAPCC only offers certifications that are recognized by F Tag 249 and CMS. Individuals have the opportunity for certification as an Activity Professional-Board Certified (AP-BC) or an Activity Consultant-Board Certified (AC-BC). Individuals are not required to pay any fees to NAAPCC until they apply for a full certification that is recognized by CMS.
Please visit www.naapcc.net for further information.
NCCAP is an international credentialing organization that certifies individuals who meet the established criteria, which includes formal education, experience, completion of the MEPAP course, and continuing education. NCCAP is in its 27th year as a credentialing organization for Activity Professionals, with over 7200 internationally certified individuals.
Established in 1981, the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to professional excellence for the protection of consumers through the certification of recreation therapists. Professional recognition is granted by NCTRC to individuals who apply and meet established standards for certification, including education, experience, and continuing professional development. The Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) credential is offered to qualified individuals based on these stringent requirements.
Becoming a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) requires the completion of master’s level education (including art therapy core curriculum and supervised practicum and internship experiences) and post-education supervised clinical experience.
The voluntary ATCB Certification examination is available to all art therapists who hold the ATR credential and are in good standing with the ATCB. The examination is offered once a year during the annual conference, both in the host city and simultaneously in four other U.S. cities.