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  1. I am a activities director at a long term care facilty in Manchester NH. I want to take the courses to get certified.But I am confused is there two parts to this certification and I work full-time 40 hours a week how is the classes set up online and what are the times for the classes. I guess what i am try to sayis I am confused about how all this works. Could someone explain this to me.

    Kimberly

    • Hi Kimberly,

      MEPAP 2nd Edition includes Part 1 and Part 2. Each course consists of 90 hours of coursework and 90 hours of practicum work. My courses are in a home study format, not on-line. You will receive all course materials through the postal service, complete the work at your own pace, and then mail everything back to me through the postal service. You do not log into a website or chat room to submit the homework. You may begin at any time, as soon as I receive your registration and payment, the course materials go out in the next day’s mail. I am available through email (usually the best) and phone correspondence with the student throughout the course as needed.

    • Hi Monica,

      Here are the Texas regulations for activities:

      Activity and Activities Director Requirements for the State of Texas

      RULE §19.702 Activities

      (a) The facility must provide for an ongoing program of activities designed to meet, in accordance with the comprehensive assessment, the interest and the physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident.

      (b) The activities program must be directed by a qualified professional who:

      (1) is a qualified therapeutic recreation specialist or an activities professional who is:

      (A) licensed or registered, if applicable, by the state in which practicing; and

      (B) eligible for certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist, therapeutic recreation assistant, or an activities professional by a recognized accrediting body, such as the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, on October 1, 1990; or

      (2) has two years of experience in a social or recreational program within the last five years, one of which was full-time in a patient activities program in a health care setting; or

      (3) is a qualified occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant; or

      (4) has completed an activity director training course approved by any state. The Texas Department of Human Services (DHS) does not review or approve any courses. DHS accepts training courses approved by a recognized credentialing body, such as the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals, the National Therapeutic Recreation Society, or the Consortium for Therapeutic Recreation/Activities Certification, Inc.

      (c) Activity directors must complete eight hours of approved continuing education or equivalent continuing education units each year. Approval bodies include organizations or associations recognized as such by certified therapeutic recreation specialists or certified activity professionals or registered occupational therapists.

      (d) The facility must ensure that activities assessment and care planning are completed and reviewed or updated as provided in ¬ß19.801 and ¬ß19.802 of this title (relating to Resident Assessment and Comprehensive Care Plans). If indicated by the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) and/or the resident’s need, an in-depth activities assessment is required.

      (e) Toys and recreational equipment for pediatric residents must be appropriate for the size, age, and developmental level of the residents.

    • Hi Simon,

      It’s self paced so it’s up to you how quickly you want to complete. For example, if you want to complete the 180 hours in 4 months, then you would average about 12 hours a week.

      Theresa

  2. after completeing the nccap mepap1 in the state of texas can you be an activity director in a long term care facility, can you do mds 3.0’s, section f, intial and admitt assements. Thanks, Wanda

    • Hi Wanda,

      Yes you can. You will qualified but not certified until you complete all the required components to be eligible to apply for certification through NCCAP. Once you send in your paperwork, application for certification, and the fee, NCCAP reviews it and if all is in order you are awarded the certification.

  3. I have been working as a activity director for the past 5 years at a facility with 184 beds. I supervise a staff of 5 activity assistance. I took a class that allows me to be a activity director 36 hour basic training for activity professionals however I can only use this in the state of TN. I attend conferences every year which I learn all new developments in our state. I really want to continue my education and be able to practice in other states and would love to earn my degree as a rec. therapist I know that experience counts somehow but the paths are all so confusing I would love to work as a consultant someday but want to be a licensed professional can you help me figure out what would be the best path for me. What is my next step?

    • Hi Debra,

      The first step to determine which track you will follow for Activity Director Certification (ADC credentials) depends upon your college background. Visit http://www.nccap.org and click on Certification on the home page. This will take you to Levels of Certification. Click on Activity Director Certification and you will see the tracks. You can also investigate the Provisional certification track as well.

      Depending upon your college background, you may be eligible to apply for Provisional Certification now. It sounds as if you have the work experience and ceu’s already. If you don’t have college credits, you could complete MEPAP Part 1 and then be eligible to apply for Provisional certification, as long as you have the amount of ceu’s and work experience required. You will then have 6 years to complete the other 2 components in order to apply for ADC level. Also, if you are certified on any level by 12/31/11, you will not have to take the national exam that is set to be implemented starting 01/01/12 for all initial applicants.

      There isn’t any specific order in which to complete the required components to be eligible to apply for certification. You may begin my MEPAP course at any time.

      I hope I’ve answered your questions, please feel free to call or email if you have any other questions.

      Theresa

  4. Is there any certification or license required to become an Activities Director (only in an ALF) in the state of Florida?

  5. Hello,
    I actualy have a question. I have my 60 hour Activity Directors course in Illinois. Can this transfer down to Florida or do I need to be recertified down there? I have just moved here and had a job interview set up for the same company that I worked for in Iowa but she canceled the interview due to me not being certified in Forida. Is this right? Thank you for your help.

    • Hi Ann,

      That is correct. Each state has different requirements therefore, the “state training courses” are only recognized for that specific state. NCCAP certification, which is the national certification, will be recognized and meet the regulation in all states.

      Please see this link for regulations: http://www.sph.umn.edu/hpm/NHRegsPlus/ Nursing Home Regulations Plus page

      Theresa

  6. Theresa,
    I have a BA in Education, have worked 3 years as an Activity Director in the state of NH, have many CE’s each year to keep up to date. Is there a provision where experience can qualify you to become certified without the MEPAP?

    • Hi Elisia,

      To be certified through NCCAP, you will need to complete all of the required components in order to be eligible to apply for certification. You have 3 of the 5 and would still need to take MEPAP 2nd Edition, Part 1 and Part 2.

      Theresa

  7. I have recently been told by another activity professional that I now have to be certified to be an activity director in the state of PA. I have been the activity director for two and a half years now. I have worked in activities for 6 years total and I have the MEPAP 2nd edition Part 1. So I am quailified, correct? She has me second guessing myslf now.

  8. I have a bachelors degree in therapeutic recreation is there any way I can get a job in the field If I don’t get certified

  9. Hi Chad,

    The following is F-tag #249:

    (1) The facility must provide for an ongoing program of activities designed to meet, in accordance with the comprehensive assessment, the interests and the physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident.
    (2) The activities program must be directed by a qualified professional who~~~
    (i) Is a qualified therapeutic recreation specialist or an activity professional who~~~
    (A) If licensed or registered, if applicable, by the State in which practicing; and
    (B) Is eligible for certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist or as an activities professional by a recognized accrediting body on or after October 1, 1990; or
    (ii) Has 2 years of experience in a social or recreational program within the last 5 years, one of which was full-time in a patient activities program in a health care setting; or
    (iii) Is a qualified occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant; or
    (iv) Has completed a training course approved by the State

    You would fall under (2) (i), qualified therapeutic recreation specialist, not a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. Hope this answers your question.

    Theresa

  10. I had my activity directors certification in the past and in 2008 recieved my associates degree in human services . I would like to get recertified but am unsure what to do. Do I Have to take the course all over again. I have many years experience in the field. Can anyone help me?

  11. Hi Jodi,

    If you had your certification from NCCAP, you have one year after it expires to renew it. If it’s been more than one year then yes, you have to fulfill all of the requirements over again. Please see the following information from NCCAP:

    Reinstatement of Certification

    Certification can be renewed up to one year after the expiration date. Activity Professionals are not permitted to use the certification titles during the reinstatement period. Activity Professionals who lapse beyond the reinstatement period must reapply as a new applicant and meet any new standards at the time of the application. Certification files will not be returned but automatically destroyed after a lapse of one year.

    Depending upon which state you are from, MEPAP Part 1 will qualify you to oversee the Activity Department. I offer this course as a home study which you can register and begin at any time.

    Theresa

  12. Question. I am wanting to be Activity Consultant Certified. I have completed MEPAP-1st edition and have supervised 8 activity programmers for the last 4 years.

    I work 34 hours a week and have gone through QIS training and MDS 3.0 I am also a certified dementia professional

    Would I be required to take the MEPAP 2nd edition to recieve my ACC?
    If so, does my current experience allow me to bypass any of the requirements?

    • Hi Kira,

      Yes you would be required to complete MEPAP 2nd Edition Part 2 along with the other required components in order to be eligible to apply for ACC level of certification. Please see this link for details: http://www.nccap.org/certification/levels/acc.shtml

      You would not be able to ‘bypass’ any of the requirements but your work experience and training may apply towards the consulting experience hours and continuing education. I recommend that you contact NCCAP directly since they will be reviewing and approving your application.

      Theresa

  13. I am interested in Activity Assistant certification. What are education areas b c and d required by the NCCAP. I have a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in education. Would I cover the aforementioned requirements by beginning your course now?

  14. Being an activity aide, I am able to take CEU’s without being certified or a director? Do I need CEU’s to become certified as an activity director? I won’t be able to take the MEPAP till summer time. I am wondering if I need the CEUs or does the MEPAP count as that?

    • Hi Lindsey,

      You can attend workshops at any time to get CEU’s, you do not need to be certified. Yes, you need 30 CEU’s, you can go back 5 years for your initial application for certification. You also need a minimum of 12 college credits, one being an English credit, work experience specifically in activities (you can go back 5 years for this as well), and MEPAP Part 1 and Part 2. You cannot count MEPAP 2nd Edition (Part 1 and Part 2) for the MEPAP component and the CEUs.

      Please see this link for the certification tracks:
      http://www.nccap.org/certification/levels/adc.shtml

      Theresa

  15. Hi, I am looking into getting certified as an adc and was wondering if taking the MEPAP was mandatory, or can I just take the national exam. Please let me know what I am able to do. Thank You

  16. My certification is due to expire in September 2012. What requirements are needed to keep my activity director certification?

    • Hi Jo Ann,

      You will need to have completed the required ceus that fall into NCCAP’s body of knowledge as well as send in your renewal fee. Please refer to http://www.nccap.org for details on the ceus and fee.

      Theresa

  17. Would I be able to apply for financial assistance to pursue an online Activies Directior Certification course?

    • Hi Laura,

      Yes you can apply for financial assitance. Some organizations have specific criteria to meet in order to be awarded the aid so you will need to investigate this. Good luck!

      Theresa

  18. When trying to get certified as an Activity Director, can your 30 hours
    of CEU’s be from college classes? I just graduated from college and wondering if those count or I need to take other classes.

    • Hi Emily,

      You can use college credits for your ceus as long you have taken them in the past 5 years for initial certification or, within 2 years for renewal. You also cannot use the same college credits for both the ceu requirement and the college credit requirement…you can’t ‘double dip’. Hope that answers your question.

      Theresa

  19. Hi Theresa
    I am interested in taking your course online, i have been working in the Assisted Living for 5 years now , and i just tranfer to the Activity Department at my job, and i would like to further my education, please let my know how do i get started in my venture. And also how do i pay for the course all up front, or do you take payments? Thanks Marvetta.

    • Hi Marvetta,

      You can register and begin my course immediately. As soon as I receive your registraiton/payment the course materials will go out the same day or the next day priority mail. You can pay for Part 1 at $500.00 (additional $55.00 for the textbook for a total of $555.00) and then when you are ready for Part 2, you would pay $350.00 (additional $65.00 for the textbook).

      If you have additional questions, please feel free to email me directly to: dtntt@wctatel.net

      Theresa

  20. Once becoming certified, what are the requirements to keep up your licensure? Do you have to have a certin amount of CEUs?

  21. I am a senior in college looking to become an activities director in an assisted living facility after I graduate. I am an aging studies b.s major with a concentration in management and administration. What would be the track that I would take? Are there credits I could apply to the certification? (For example, I have already done an internship and completed a fieldwork class, and have taken classes such as psych of aging, bio of aging, and sociology of aging.)

    • Hi Shelby,

      You would follow Track one. Please see this link for details: http://www.nccap.org/certification/levels/adc.shtml
      Any of the courses you listed would count towards ceus as long as they were taken in addition to your BS (you can’t use the same college credits for your BS and ceu requirements) and within the last 5 years from when you apply for certification. Volunteer/Internship hours can be up to 20% of the 4000 hours required for track one as long as the hours are specifically in activities with at least 50% of the population you were working with 55 years or older. This must also be within the past 5 years from when you apply for certification.

      You can be working or several requirements at the same time. For example you can start the MEPAP 2nd Edition courses at any time and continue to work on your college degree or work experience. I hope I’ve answered your questions, please contact me with any thing else.

      Theresa

  22. Hi Theresa. I’ve been reading through all of your comments and have become overwhelmed to say the least! I am currently working in a long term care facillity. I have been there for five years as a licensed CNA. I have worked for four years in the activity department. I would like to know what Michigan requirements are for an Activity Director are and exactly what college courses are required besides an english course. You say an associates degree isn’t required, but 60 college credits are. What are CEUS and do I need them? Sorry for all of the questions. Thanks, Amy

  23. Theresa,
    I have had a full, rich career in business in Public relations as a Sr vp, managing 12 professionals and as an agency owner for 12 years. I have a BA in Speech and Theater Arts from the SUNY Albany. I have also been a director of religious education and have recruited and trained over 70 volunteers each year (7 years). Finally I worked at the Association for the Retarded in San Diego when I first graduated from college many years ago. I helped end with a weekly bowling program and the special Olympics and volunteered in the day care center.

    My father was in a nursing home for 5 years and now my mother is in a nursing home for the past 6 years. I am a very active member of the Family Council and have led a subcommittee that meets with the administrator of the faciIy to address concerns about quality of life issues. One of our major concerns is the poorly managed activities and the less than minimum activities offered. I have been very involved in bringing about some changes in the activities.

    Through all of these experiences, i am interested in making a career change and am looking for a way to include my vast professional experience into becoming a qualified avpctivities director.

    What are the requirements for NYS and do any of my past professional experiences transfer to become qualified in a timely way.

  24. I am a medication aide in a Retirement Living for 3 years and now interested in becoming an Activity Director. Do i qualify for this course. Is your program approved by State here in Texas?d

    • Hi Harriet,

      If you have your GED or High School diploma then yes, you are eligible to take this course. My course is recognized in Texas.

      Please let me know if you have additional questions.

      Theresa

  25. I have been an activity director for for over nine years in Wisconsin. I am not required in this state to be certified, but the company I work for now wants me to be certified. I have taken the Basic Education courses and I am told I need to take more classes to apply for certification, what else do I need?

    • Hi Heather,

      To be nationally certified through NCCAP you would need a minimum of 12 college credits, work experience, 30 CEUS, and MEPAP 2nd Edition (Part 1 and Part 2). You already have Part 1 and the work experience required. Please see this link to determine which track you will following for NCCAP certification:
      http://www.nccap.org/certification/levels/adc.shtml

      If you have any additional questions, please let me know.

      Theresa

  26. I am interested in singing up for the MEPAP 1 & 2 courses but i want to know how quickly they can be completed. Do the send out assingments monthly or will i be able to move on to the next phase as quickly as i complete the one before it?

    • Hi Kyle,

      My course is self-paced so it’s up to you how quickly you would complete the work. For example Part 1 and Part 2 earch are 180 hours so if you set a goal to complete in 4 months (16 weeks) you would have to work about 12 hours/week: 180 divided by 16. It would take you additional 4 months for Part 2 at 12 hours/week.

      Once I receive the registration/payment the course packet for all of Part 1 will be sent to you through the postal mail. Once you have completed that in full with passing work I will immediately send out Part 2, if you registered for Part 2. There is no waiting inbetween.

      Theresa

    • Hi Nancy,

      You can certainly be an activity director in an Assisted Living facility. At this point, AL is not as regulated as Skilled Nursing Facilities so certification is not required. However, it would be a good professional move to complete some training for Activity Directors. Please see the link below for information on national certification including the tracks and requirements.

      http://www.nccap.org/certification/levels/adc.shtml

      I would recommend starting with MEPAP Part 1 to get some basic training and then deciding how you want to proceed from there.

      Theresa

  27. I have 50 college credit hours and have been currently volunteering at a Nursing/rehab center. I would like to get certified as an asssistant. Should I start with the MPEP courses and go from there.?
    Thanks,
    Kathy

    • Hi Kathleen,

      Yes, you could certainly start with the MEPAP course as you continue to volunteer and accumlate your work experience. Remember 20% of the work experience can be volunteer, the rest needs to be paid work experience per NCCAP’s requirements.

  28. Hello,
    I have already taken MEPAP I through another source and I am just wondering if it is better to stick with the source and format that you took the first part through, or are they all pretty similar. This sounds more ideal as far as working at my own pace, but I don’t want to be completely lost on part II because it is not through the same source.

  29. Hi Leah,

    MEPAP 2nd Edition is designed that whover you take the course from, you will be getting the information required from NCCAP. So, you could certainly take Part 1 from one instructor and Part 2 from a different instructor.

    Theresa

  30. I have been working as a Activity Director in a Skilled Nursing Home for the past 4 years. Do I need to take the MEPAP courses or is there a way to take the test without the course. Do I need to be certified? Or does the hours count. So confused. I live in Ohio and I have not had any issues with state surveys, but they also have never asked for my certifications. Please help.

    • Hi Angela,

      Yes, you would need to complete MEPAP Part 1 and Part 2 (MEPAP 2nd Edition) along with the other required components in order to be eligible to apply for certification. You would not be able to ‘test out’.

      Please see this link for OH regulations: http://www.hpm.umn.edu/nhregsplus/NH%20Regs%20by%20Topic/NH%20Regs%20Topic%20Pdfs/QL%20Activities/OH%20qla.pdf

      Since OH requires a minimum of 90 hours of training to qualify you on the state level, you would be able to meet this regulation by taking MEPAP Part 1 only. OH Department of Health does require certification if you are taking the MEPAP courses through a non-traditional class format such as my home study. Hope this helps.

      Theresa

  31. I have been asked to be an activities director in a new assisted living facility in Wisconsin. I have a bachelor of music education degree and have taught in a public school in Wisconsin for 29 years. I retired early and this job is looking at me now. Is my degree sufficient or does Wisconsin law require me to have more?

    • Good morning Ken,

      I’ve included the regulations for the state of WI below:

      (2) STAFF. (a) Definition. “Qualified activities coordinator” means:
      1. In a skilled nursing facility, a person who:
      b. Has 2 years of experience in a social or recreational program within the last 5 years, one
      year of which was full‚àítime in a patient activities program in a health care setting; or
      c. Is an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant who meets the
      requirements for certification by the American occupational therapy association; and
      2. In an intermediate care facility, a staff member who is qualified by experience or training
      in directing group activity.
      (b) Supervision. The activity program shall be supervised by:
      1. A qualified activities coordinator; or
      2. An employee who receives at least monthly consultation from a qualified activities
      coordinator.

      The direct link: http://www.hpm.umn.edu/nhregsplus/NH%20Regs%20by%20Topic/NH%20Regs%20Topic%20Pdfs/QL%20Activities/WI%20qla.pdf

      While your music education degree would be a great blend to activities, it will not meet the regulations. You can take MEPAP Part 1 only and that will qualify you in the state of WI as an Activity Director. My course has been approved by the WI Department of Health. You would not necessarily need to get the certification.

      Theresa

  32. I have been an Activity Director for over 10 years and would now like to be licensed. I have three degrees (a.s., b.a., m.a.) in medical assisting and psychology. Do i need to take the full course?

    • Hi Pat,

      Yes, you will have to fulfill all of the required components in order to be eligible to apply for national certification.

      Theresa

  33. Hello Theresa,
    All of these comments have been extremely helpful. I have a BA in child development but am looking at going towards the opposite end of the spectrum and working with the elderly. From what I have read, I need to take the MEPAP course parts 1&2 before I can apply as an activities director, correct? I have a job opportunity coming up where I can work as an assistant to a director while I’m getting certified. I live in Northern California and am just wondering if you have some insight on how I can get started? You’re course sounds appealing to me as it is an at-your-own-pace course versus online deadlines but I don’t know how to register. Please advise :)
    -Bianca

    • Hi Bianca,

      You may download a registration from my website. As soon as I receive that along with payment the course mterials will go out the same day or the next day priority mail and you are set to go.

      Please see this link for all of the required components to complete to be eligible to apply for certification:

      http://www.nccap.org/certification/levels/adc.shtml

      The job as an assistant will fulfill the activity work experience. You will follow track 1 so you will need 4000 hours.

      Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

      Theresa

  34. I may have deleted my first email. :-( I worked as an Activity Director from 2003-2008 in a SNF. From 2008-2010, I worked as an Enrichment Coordinator in a large national retirement home chain. I love this work! I live in Florida. What do I need to do to become certified?

    • Hi Kandy,

      Below is F-Tag 249. You may meet the regulation to be qualified with your activity experience from 2008-2010 as long as the experience meets the criteria. See below in bold.

      The following is F-tag #249:

      (1) The facility must provide for an ongoing program of activities designed to meet, in accordance with the comprehensive assessment, the interests and the physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident.
      (2) The activities program must be directed by a qualified professional who~~~
      (i) Is a qualified therapeutic recreation specialist or an activity professional who~~~
      (A) If licensed or registered, if applicable, by the State in which practicing; and
      (B) Is eligible for certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist or as an activities professional by a recognized accrediting body on or after October 1, 1990; or
      (ii) Has 2 years of experience in a social or recreational program within the last 5 years, one of which was full-time in a patient activities program in a health care setting; or
      (iii) Is a qualified occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant; or
      (iv) Has completed a training course approved by the State

      To become certified on the Director level (ADC) you have 4 tracks from which you can choose one to follow that best fits your background. See this link for details: http://www.nccap.org/certification/levels/adc.shtml Once you have completed all of the required components listed in the tracks (College credits, CEUs, activity work experience, and MEPAP Part 1 and Part 2) then you will be eligible to apply for certification.

      Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

      Theresa

  35. Hello Theresa,

    I have my MSW but have not worked for a number of years. I am interested in getting certification of activities assistant or director. I am not currently working and not sure if I could get employment without some further education in this area. Is it possible to do the on line classwork part of your program, and then do the supervised practicum part after I completed the book work? Thank you.

    • Hi Jode,

      Yes that would be fine. I don’t have a specific order in which to complete the coursework. I just ask that it all be submitted in the order of the curriculum outline which makes my review go much quicker for you. With your MSW I would definitely go for the higher level of credential as an Activity Director (ADC). You would follow track one.

      Theresa

    • Hi Daniel,

      No, Texas would not recognize your certification through the Louisiana Nursing Home Association. TX has specific requirements for their state course. MEPAP Part 1 would qualify you for Texas as well as most other states since it is the national training course.

      Theresa

  36. Do all MEPAP courses offered by different organizations/people contain the same coursework and the same field work?

    • Theresa

      January 5, 2014 at 6:52 pm Edit

      Hi Paulette,

      Yes, all instructors must follow the required curriculum set by NCCAP. We also are required to put together our materials that we will use to teach the curriculum and submit it to NCCAP for prior approval to ensure we are indeed teaching everything that is required.

      Only those instructors with pre-approval numbers from NCCAP are guaranteed to teach MEPAP 2nd Edition.

      Theresa

  37. I am applying for the ADPC certification, and on the NCCAP website it states that 3 of the 5 requirements for Track 4 has to be completed within the 6 year time frame. I do not see 5 requirements listed under Track 4 but do see 5 listed for Track 3. I have 3 of the 5 requirements for Track 3, with the only 2 not complete is the MEPAP and National Exam. Do I apply for the Track 3 then? And while I’m waiting on that, may I go ahead and start on the MEPAP with you?
    Thank you for all of your time and help! :)

    • Hi Tracy,

      The 5 components for Track 4 are:

      12 college credits
      30 CEUs
      6000 hours of activity work experience
      MEPAP Part 1
      MEPAP Part 2

      Once you apply for Provisional certification with any 3 of the 5 components listed above, you then have 6 years to complete the other 2 components and make the level change to ADC. The national exam is not one of the components. Once you have completed both MEPAP Part 1 and MEPAP Part 2, then you may take the national exam. This is in addition to the 5 components listed above.

      You may start MEPAP at any time. As soon as I receive your registration/payment, the course materials will go out either that same day or the next day priority mail and you are set to go.

      Please let me know if you have any additional questions!

      Theresa

  38. Hi, my name is Brittany and I have been an activity assistant for the past 2 years in an adult day health center. I reside in Massachusetts and recently became promoted to an assistant activity director. I was wondering what are the next steps to becoming an activity director. I have done two years of college for sociology and criminology but did not finish. I am interested in furthering my career but do not know where to begin. Could you please lead me in the right direction.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Brittany,

      It sounds as if you will follow Track 3 or Track 4. Please see this link for details: http://www.nccap.org/certification/levels/adc.shtml

      If you follow track 4 and your college credits have been within the last 5 years from when you are ready to apply for certification, you can use credits beyond the 12 required for the college component towards your CEUs. You have a good start on the activity work experience with your 2 years in the Adult Day Health Center. The next step would then be to complete MEPAP 2nd Edition as you continue to accumulate your work experience.

      I have open enrollment so you may begin my course at any time. As soon as I receive your registration and payment the course materials go out the same day or next day priority mail and you are set to begin. There is a registration on my website that you can download. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

      Theresa

  39. I am currently working at a long term nursing home care facility on a casual basis and am looking at getting a Activity Director Certification. Can you tell me how many work hours I need to go with the home based course?

    • Hi Amy,

      You should plan on at least 90 hours of practicum work which most need to be completed at a nursing home facility. There are also a number of assignments for the regular coursework that require you to be at a facility. Some examples would include documentation, assessments, care planning, audits and so forth. It’s hard to put an exact time frame as each student works at her/his own pace. I hope I’ve answered your question and have given you an idea of time.

      Theresa

      • It does. I was also wondering if I would need to take both part 1 and part 2 of the course. I have recently worked in a LTC facility part-time for three years and have also worked full-time in a LTC nursing home facility in the late 90’s. I also have an Associate Degree’s in General Business, Social Work, and criminal Justice.

  40. Hi Theresa,
    I just got a part time job as an Activities Program Supervisor in a city run Senior Citizens Center. Two questions…would I be able to use this as work experience ( all clients are 60 or over) and would it be possible to use some of this as a practicum placement for the MEPAP 1? Thanks!

    • Hi Jode,

      Yes, you can certainly use these hours as your work experience. You will not be able to substitute work for Practicum assignments. There are specific assignments you will complete that will also fit in as some of your job duties, but you have to complete all assignments.

      Theresa

  41. I left a message last week but have not seen a post back, my name is Jessica and I’m an OTA looking to see if my degree will keep me from having to get certified?

    • Hi Jessica,
      I had responded last week directly to your email. Below is F-tag #249. Unless your state goes beyond the Federal regulations, an OTA will meet the regulation without certification.

      The following is F-tag #249:

      (1) The facility must provide for an ongoing program of activities designed to meet, in accordance with the comprehensive assessment, the interests and the physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident.
      (2) The activities program must be directed by a qualified professional who~~~
      (i) Is a qualified therapeutic recreation specialist or an activity professional who~~~
      (A) If licensed or registered, if applicable, by the State in which practicing; and
      (B) Is eligible for certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist or as an activities professional by a recognized accrediting body on or after October 1, 1990; or
      (ii) Has 2 years of experience in a social or recreational program within the last 5 years, one of which was full-time in a patient activities program in a health care setting; or
      (iii) Is a qualified occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant; or
      (iv) Has completed a training course approved by the State

      Let me know if you have additional questions.

      Theresa

  42. I am working as a activities assitant for almost two years and I have a communications arts degree. I was wondering what are the next steps to becoming an activity director. I am interested in furthering my career but do not know where to begin. Could you please lead me in the right direction.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Mallery,

      I’m not sure if you have a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree. With a Bachelor’s, you will follow track one and with the Associate’s degree, track two. Please see this link for details: http://www.nccap.org/certification/levels/adc.shtml

      As you will see, you need to complete MEPAP 2nd Edition, Part 1 and Part 2, as 2 of the required components regardless of which track you follow. I have open enrollment so you may begin the course at any time. Please let me know if you have any additional questions once you have reviewed the tracks and determined which one is appropriate for you to follow. Thank you.

      Theresa

    • Hi Mallery,

      You would follow track one with the Bachelor’s degree for ADC level of certification through NCCAP.

      Theresa

  43. Hi,
    I have been currently looking for an at home course or online course to gain some knowledge of the field I want to get into- Activities Director. I am from Ottawa, ON (Canada) and wondering if this would be something I could take that could actually be usable on my resume.
    Could you please let me know,
    Thank you

    • Hi Ashley,

      Yes, this would definitely be beneficial. MEPAP 2nd Edition is the national training course for Activity professionals and is also recognized internationally. Part 1 and Part 2 will give you a strong knowledge base of the job requirements/responsibilities of an Activity professional including assessment, documentation, program planning, budgeting, working with volunteers and community resources, as well as supervisory and management skills to give you a brief overview.

      Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

      Theresa

  44. Hi,
    My name is Shonesty and Im a Certified Activity Director in a hospital setting (Skilled Nursing Facility). My question is how do I go about taking online courses (webinars) for CEU’s bc I work 40hrs. a week?

    • Hi Shonesty,

      You may take any of my CEU courses at any time. They are in a home study format and you work at your own pace to complete within 60 days. Hopefully this lends the flexibility needed to complete the course with your busy schedule. As soon as I receive your registration/payment, the course is emailed to you as a PDF. You then download it, complete the assignments and mail or email back to me. Once it is reviewed and determined passing, your certificate will go out immediately. I have a week or less turn-around for review once I receive the work. Thank you for your interest.

      Theresa

  45. hi.. I interested in becoming an activities director in Ohio. I currently am working as an activity assistant now and I have an associates degree in medical billing. what are the steps I would need to take to become one, and what is the possibility of me finding and activity director job with only an online courses, and a medical billing degree…..thanks in advance

    • Hi Jeanette,

      With your associates degree you will follow track 2. Once you complete all of the required components and take the national exam, you are then eligible to apply for national certification through NCCAP. I can’t answer your question regarding the possibilit of finding an activity director position. By becoming certified, you definitely have an edge with the higher training and certification than someone without the credential.

      I have open enrollment so you may begin my course at any time. As soon as I receive your registration/payment, the course materials will go out the same day or next day priority mail and you are set to begin. I hope I’ve answered your questions, please let me know if you have any others.

      Theresa

  46. Hi Margarita from OHIO. I am working for a long term care facility and would like to become an activity director. I am currently working as STNA in Ohio. Does Ohio accept your course training. I have a college background BA in Communication Science and a MA in teaching. Please advise??

    Thank you,

    Margarita

    • Hi Margarita,

      Yes Ohio accepts NCCAP’s certification. I’ve emailed you some additional information.

      Theresa

  47. Hi I’m Lillian from Grand Rapids MI, I have been a activity assistant for over a year at a assistant living facility of 45 residents. I am interested in taking some causes to become certified activity director, but I work 40hrs per week and only have weekends off, how do I get this done,

    • Hi Lillian,

      I teach the MEPAP 2nd Edition in a home study format so you are not traveling to the class. You work at your own pace with one year allowed to complete Part 1 and an additional full year to complete Part 2. There are some assignments that you will have to complete at a Skilled Nursing Facility such as MDS, care plans, documentation for a few examples. Other than these specific assignments, you will be able to complete the majority of work either at home or at the ALF where you work. My course is very hands on/interactive so you will be engaging the tenants, co-workers, and community resources in various assignments as you complete the work. You also have some research as well.

      A home study format may be a good alternate to complete these courses. Please refer to this website for the tracks for Activity Director Certification: http://www.nccap.org/certification/levels/adc.shtml After you have had a chance to look these over, please feel free to contact me with any additional questions.

      Theresa

  48. Hi.
    I live in Texas and I would like to be and Activities Director. what would I have to have in order to accomplish this and what would it cost. I work for a in home health care company, and I take care of lady at an independent living place. I work 40 hrs a week. I am looking for the best way to do this a friend told me about a book called Long term care Activities Professional Recreational Theripist and Social Services book suppose to be book 2 but cannot find it its suppose to be by Elisabeth Martini one of the aurthors. been talking to lady at National Certification Board she said to ask what was it that the state of Texas required. Please help i am kinda confussed.

    • Hi Lillian,

      Please see this link for MI regulations:http://www.hpm.umn.edu/nhregsplus/NH%20Regs%20by%20Topic/NH%20Regs%20Topic%20Pdfs/QL%20Activities/MI%20qla.pdf

      MI mirrors the Federal Regulations for qualified activity directors.
      The following is F-tag #249:

      (1) The facility must provide for an ongoing program of activities designed to meet, in accordance with the comprehensive assessment, the interests and the physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident.
      (2) The activities program must be directed by a qualified professional who~~~
      (i) Is a qualified therapeutic recreation specialist or an activity professional who~~~
      (A) If licensed or registered, if applicable, by the State in which practicing; and
      (B) Is eligible for certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist or as an activities professional by a recognized accrediting body on or after October 1, 1990; or
      (ii) Has 2 years of experience in a social or recreational program within the last 5 years, one of which was full-time in a patient activities program in a health care setting; or
      (iii) Is a qualified occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant; or
      (iv) Has completed a training course approved by the State

  49. I live in Tennessee. I currently work as an Activities Director at a private facility, so I am not required to be certified, but would like to move to one that does require certification. I have almost 6 years experience and a B.S. in Communications from 2005. I think Tennessee’s regulations are different, but couldn’t find the exact qualifications. Can you help? Thanks.

  50. Hello Theresa
    I have been an activity director for three years now I am told I may have to get certified do you know the regulations for rhode island,

  51. Hi Theresa, I work as an Activity Director in Iowa. I am currently working at getting certified. Once I am certified, what are the requirements needed to maintain qualifications in my state?

    • Hi Sheila,

      IA requires 10 CEUs/year from when you get complete the course. You don’t have to mail in your certificates for the CEUs but keep them on file in the event the IA Inspection and Appeals asks for verification that you have completed the CEUs during the survey process.

      Theresa

  52. I was wondering where do you take the National Certification test if you use your online course? I live in Rhode Island

    • Hi Sherri,

      When you are ready for the exam, contact NCCAP directly and they will give you information on the best location.

      Theresa

  53. Thank you, As I have stated this is not easy at all. I am days behind already with no way to catch up. What happens if I do not get this done on time?

  54. I m from new york and I have a bachelor degree in communication arts. I work as activity assitant for nearly two years and I was wondering what I need to be a activity director

  55. Theresa,

    First of all thank you for doing this question section. You are certainly passionate about senior care and students as well. It has been very informative.

    Looking to become Activities Director that is certified nationally I do have a BS degree in Communications/TV production. I realize I enroll in track 2 of the requirements. CE Us are required and I have started those. And if I can get funding will begin your MEPAP 1 and 2.

    My problem is getting the unbelievable 4,000 hours of experience. I have been sending applications like crazy for assistants, no bites as of yet. How does one get that many hours. I estimated that this is 2 years of full time employment before one can even sit for the exam.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Janet,

      20% of the total hours (up to 800 hours) can be volunteer. Depending upon what state you are from, MEPAP Part 1 will qualify you to work as an Activity Director. You will not be certified with just Part 1 but, you would then have met the state level of requirements in oder to get a position as an Activity Director to complete the work experience. You may also want to consider the Provisional level of certification. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

      Theresa

    • Hi Donnamarie,

      Yes, my courses are recognized in Ohio. If you are taking a non-traditional format, such as my home study course, OH requires that activity professionals complete the certification process through NCCAP. Let me know if you have any questions.

      Theresa

  56. I currently work in an assited living as an activities assitant. i want to futher my education and get certifie to be an activities director. i have the tittle assistant but im really the director of activities in my 18 bed unit. What course do i need to take to meet all the rquirements in the state of maryland. and do i need i high school diploma im in the process of getting my GED.

    thank you.

  57. I am looking into the activity director here in Texas. This is my first time looking into this, can you please let me know where I would have to start in order to get certified.

    Thank you,
    April

    • Hi April,

      For NCCAP certification, please see this link: http://www.nccap.org Click on Levels of certification and you can investigate the levels and tracks for certification that best fits your professional goals. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Theresa

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