NAAP and NCCAP are pleased to announce our Memorandum of Agreement for an exclusive partnership to advance the Activity Profession with NCCAP as the sole credential for Activity Profession Certification. This Memorandum is available on our websites.
At the same time, we would like to share some important clarifications regarding recent communications on social media that reference NCCA requirements.
NCCA does state that “A certification organization can offer educational materials for prospective candidates as long as the organization/agency sponsored education is not a required prerequisite to obtain the credential and other methods of preparation are available.”
The Activity Profession is unlike organizations such as CTRS, Music Therapists, Art Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant that are accredited by NCCA, as most require a formal education and practicum in order to obtain certification.
Accordingly, NAAP maintains that the Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals (MEPAP) fulfills the role of a required formal education and practicum for the Activity Profession. The MEPAP falls within the NCCA exception of other methods of preparation not being available.
Simply stated, in the absence of a formal academic program for the Activity Profession, the educational and practicum requirements of the MEPAP provide the highest degree of certainty that an individual possess the necessary competencies to deliver person-centered care.
With appreciation for all you do to advance person-centered care.
The Boards of NAAP and NCCAP