Certification

There are several Certification options and some are listed here:

National Association of Activity Professionals Credentialing Center

The NAAP Credentialing Center (NAAPCC) is organized as an independent body exclusively for the purpose of board certification for Activity Professionals that meet the standards and requirements set forth by the Center. We are the only credentialing body for Activity Professionals that follow the standards set forth by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

We offer an all-encompassing credential to assure that the individual is well rounded and prepared to work in any geriatric setting. This option is open to all Activity Professionals working in Activities/Recreation primarily with the elderly. Certification is available as Activity Professional-Board Certified (AP-BC) or Activity Consultant-Board Certified (AC-BC).

The NAAP Credentialing Center National Board Certification is recognized by CMS and meets the criteria for F-tags 249 & 281. The NAAPCC credential is recognized by all states.

Please visit www.naapcc.net for further information.

We suggest you get your copy of the NAAP Exam Study Guide before taking the test.


National Certification Council for Activity Professionals

NCCAP is the only national, non-profit, independent standards and certification body recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for quality of life, activities and engagement certification across all care settings.

Established by the National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP) in 1986 in response to the Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act (OBRA), NCCAP uses the social model of care in setting standards that optimize the physical and cognitive function of older adults.

To date we have trained and certified over 150,000 individuals to deliver person-centered care that improves the quality of life for those we serve.

As approaches to long-term care evolve, NCCAP is at the forefront creating best practices and standards for:

  • Families who desire to age in place at home or are waiting for a place in a long-term care community
  • Veterans in the VA system or aging in place at home, and who may be dealing with behavioral health issues like PTSD
  • Long-term care companies searching for cost reductions through better trained employees
  • Adult Day Centers expanding services and seeking to hire employees with skill sets that include dementia care
  • Governments, insurance companies and hospitals trying to reduce the growing cost of caring for our aging population

To address this nationwide need, NCCAP provides education, training and certification for improved quality of life in any setting. NCCAP certifications are based on rigorous research and criteria that ensure Federal and State requirements and regulations are met.

With certified Activity Professionals who have helped millions of seniors, NCCAP is uniquely experienced to:

  • Set standards that contribute to an improved quality of life
  • Provide a trusted credential that ensures an individual has met best-in-class requirements for certification
  • Educate Government, Industry, Agencies and families on factors that impact the quality of life of a care partner and the person in their care
  • Affirm that the NCCAP-certified individual has received an education that meets the highest standards and that the credential satisfies the regulatory requirements for the position
  • Advocate for Federal, State and local policies that advance person-centered care and improves the quality of life of older adults

Based on the proven social model of care, NCCAP strives to improve the quality of life in all care settings. We continuously update our standards based upon the latest research, regulatory guidance and survey information. NCCAP reduces potential risks by ensuring, to the highest degree possible, that applicable requirements are met.


National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification

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.

Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc.

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.


 National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners 

National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners is open to all health care professionals, front line staff and First Responders who qualify for CDP® certification and are interested in learning comprehensive dementia education, who value dementia education training, who are committed to ending abuse and neglect and who value Certified Dementia Practitioner® CDP® certification.

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