Standards and Tracks

Each profession has its own professional standards. The following are the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) standards. These standards must be met to become a NCCAP Certified Activity Professional. It is the wish of the NCCAP Board of Directors and administration that you join our ranks as a Certified Activity Professional. We also wish to help you in any way we can to facilitate your process of becoming certified. Do not hesitate to write, call, or e-mail the office or a Board member when you have need of assistance. We look forward to serving you. 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. Certified Activity Professionals receive the following benefits:

  • Enhanced professional recognition and development
  • Collaboration at the national level with other long term health care associates
  • Four newsletters annually
  • Inclusion in the national registry of Certified Activity Professionals

Levels NCAAP Certifies on Three Levels

1. Activity Assitant Certified – AAC
2. Activity Director Certified – ADC
3. Activity Consultant Certified – ACC
4. Activity Director Provisionally Certified – ADPC


Each of these levels has differing TRACKS to help you obtain your certification. Each of these TRACKS has, at minimum, three qualifying components:

A. Academic Education
B. Activity Experience
C. Continuing Education
E. Consulting Experience. (ACC level only)

A. Academic Education May derive from a wide variety of curriculums: Social Work, Recreation, Education, Science, and Business degrees. These are a few of the educational backgrounds that represent our certified members. Refer to page 5 for more detailed information.

B. Activity Experience Activity work experience (within past 5 years) with elderly populations, where at least 50% are 55+ years of age. Some volunteer work with elderly clients may be applied. Refer to page 5 for more detailed information.

C. Continuing Education Current continuing education (within past 5 years): workshops, seminars, college courses that keep the activity professional abreast of present trends. NCCAP’s Body of Knowledge contains 28 areas of education with many subheadings that are applicable. Refer to page 6 for more detailed information.

D. The MEPAP 2nd edition is 180 hours of educational learning and 180 hours of experiential learning (practicum), and is required for NCCAP certification. The MEPAP 2nd edition is (generally presented/taught) divided into 2 teaching portions of 90 hours each.

  • Part 1 prepares students for the basic functions and duties of an activity professional: to design, deliver, and evaluate services for older adults across the continuum of care.
  • Part 2 prepares students to apply principles of management in their role as activity professional: to provide service through leadership, using principles of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling.

E. 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.

*Please click this link for information on the various tracks for each level of certification.