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Contacting Theresa:

I always respond to my messages. If you have not heard from me in 24 hours (usually sooner), it’s because your email comes back to me or I am unable to understand your phone number on a voice mail.  There is also the possibility I have responded to your email and my email was filtered into your junk folder.

I am rarely out of communication however, I will return all messages as soon as I am able. Thank you.


January 17, 2018

Wishing all Activity Professionals a wonderful National Activity Professionals’ Week!  It’s our time to spotlight our profession, hard, work, and dedication in working with Older Adults!!  National Activity Professionals week is January 21st – 27th.  Celebrate your hard work and the difference you make!

National Activity Professional Week

January 2, 2018

Happy New Year to All!!  I wanted to update you all with what I’m hearing regarding the Blended Survey that began November 28th.  Consistently across the board, surveyors are focusing on activities for those who higher acuity/care and how we are meeting their leisure preferences and adapting to their individual care level.  Also, looking at  a team approach to providing activities when activity staff are out of the building.

December 3, 2017

CMS Updates:

Details for title: Temporary Enforcement Delays for Certain Phase 2 F-Tags and Changes to Nursing Home Compare


Details for title: Preparation for Launch of New Long-Term Care Survey Process (LTCSP)


November 10, 2017

Hope you all have a wonderful week end celebrating our Veterans!  NCCAP held the 2017 Call To Action conference last week with a great turn out and many exciting new things happening within our national organization.  If you are looking for additional training on the ROPs, check out the NCCAP YouTube link for free one hour CE webinars.

To obtain the hour, watch the video and submit the continuing education form.

September – Link to video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3Kv3lgH58I&feature=youtube 

October – Link to video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzjtJPAkNWo

Link to form to complete for credit http://nccap.org/onlineeducation.

August 20, 2017

CMS has released the new F-tag numbers.  If you need a copy, contact me and I will email them out to you.


August 6, 2017

Activity Director Certification Services now offers a new home study CEU course, Documentation Overview for Activity/Recreation Professionals in Elder Care.  This course is NCCAP approved for 8.5 CEUs and fulfills the documentation requirement for Tracks 5 and 6.  Register from this website with Debit/Credit card or PayPal or, contact Theresa for a registration and/or more information.

July 30, 2017

NCCAP welcomes our new CEO, Peter Illig.  Take a moment to read about him on the NCCAP website:  http://nccap.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/The-NCCAP-Newsletter-June-2017.pdf     Peter began his position in June and has hit the ground running.

June 9, 2017

NCCAP has extended Track 6 for another year.  Students now have until June 30, 2018 to take advantage of Track 6.

May 26, 2017

Happy Memorial Day week-end!  Activity Director Certification Services now offers on-line registration and payment through Pay Pal or credit/debit card.  If you prefer to register directly, you can call in your payment information or, mail in registration with check/money order.  There is a cash discount for check or money order payments.  The Registration form can printed off from this website (see Mail-In Registration tab), emailed, faxed, or mailed to you.

I have open enrollment with any payment option;  students may register and begin any course at any time.  As soon as registration/payment is received the materials are mailed that same day or next day priority mail.  If you are registering for a CEU course, the curriculum is emailed immediately.

Have a safe and restful Holiday week end All!

January 21, 2017

NCCAP is offering a Track 6 for Activity Director level certification, ADC.  Please see this link and below:

Based on overwhelming communication from individuals in the activity profession and in turn a formal written request from two individuals representing their state activity associations, the NCCAP Board of Directors has approved a temporary ADC Track 6 certification track.

Rationale – To give those individuals that have no college the opportunity to apply for NCCAP certification utilizing their numerous years of activity experience, the knowledge that they have learned about the foundation and management of activities from their NCCAP approved MEPAP instructors the opportunity to become credentialed agents of change to be respected for their role in person centered care of their clients.

Requirements –
NCCAP offers ADC Track 6 for individuals that completed the entire MEPAP course (90 hr Basic Activity Course and 90 hr Advanced Management Course) after 2001 and therefore do not meet the terms of the ADC track 5 applicant. In addition to the completion of MEPAP, these individuals have the established experience, and ongoing continuing education to effectively implement their job responsibilities and duties. ADC Track 6 would give the applicant an opportunity to apply for certification as a director.

ADC Track 6 requirements must include:
1. High school diploma and/or GED
2. the MEPAP course(s) – MUST have been completed between (2002 – present) – verified by submitting a certificate of completion, signed by the instructor. • Date(s) course completed (start date) _________ (end date) __________ • Name of the instructor ________________Credentials _______________
3. 6 years (12,000 hours) of current activity experience –within the past 10 years
4. 40 hours of continuing education – 20% (8 hours) of which specifically addresses activity documentation (MDS, care planning etc).
5. Pass NCCAP Exam

IF you meet the above criteria;
1. complete the current NCCAP application
2. complete this ADC Track 6 form
3. submit the required documentation per NCCAP standards
4. submit the appropriate fee(s)
5. you will then be notified by NCCAP concerning the exam

Personal Information –
Name________________________________ Email _________________________
Address ____________________________________________________________
Phone _______________________ Fax ____________________________________
THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS to the above. Applicant agrees to accept certification at another level (if applicable) if this level cannot be granted.
___________________________________________ Applicant signature _____________ Date

***The ADC Track 6 initial time frame will be from January 1, 2017 – July 1, 2017 at which time the NCCAP Board of Directors will evaluate further.

***Individuals who are currently certified as an ADPC and only needing college credits to level change from the ADPC to the ADC will be contacted directly from NCCAP by mail to the address on file.

December 15, 2016

Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season as 2016 comes to an end.  Kick off 2017 by  celebrating the hard work you do during National Activity Professional’s Week January 15th – 21st.  Recognize the activity professionals you work with, the care givers who help make it all happen, and most importantly, the Elders your provide Quality of Life to!

October 1, 2016

With the revised regulations for MDS 3.0, starting October 1st, Section F is now required to be completed within the 7-Day look back period.  Previously this was a recommendation, now it’s regulation.

July 22, 2016

Wishing you all a wonderful summer, it’s going by fast!!


May 31, 2016

Activity Director Certification Services now offers the Home Care Certification course for 10 CEUS.  This can go towards certification renewal or the Home Care Certification credential.  Please contact Theresa Thorland for more information or download registration from Activity Director Certification Services.  You may register and begin any course and any time.

October 5, 2015

Activity Director Certification Services accepts both Debit Card and Credit Card payment over the phone.

September 3, 2015

If you are planning to submit suggestions to the CMS regulations reform, the deadline is approaching quickly….September 14th!

August 15, 2015

MEPAP Practicum Site Facility/Volunteer Opportunities:
The Salvation Army Apartments for Independent Seniors: Booth Manor and Ivy Residence
Booth Manor                                                   Ivy Residence
5522 Arch St.                                                  4051 Ford Rd.
Philadelphia, PA 19139                                   Philadelphia, PA 19131.

MEPAP 2nd  Edition Practicum site facility
  Anyone in the area may contact Nannie, information below, to complete the MEPAP 2nd Edition assignments that require a skilled nursing care setting.  Nannie will also serve as the Practicum Advisor if needed.
Volunteer (not paid) opportunities that could also count towards the required work experience for national certification through NCCAP.  Opportunities available include:

·         Call and schedule events/presentations/seminars/workshops, etc. with outside agencies, organizations, or companies 
         Create monthly calendars
         Update bulletin boards
         Post & hand out daily reminder flyers
         Lead regular activities, organize/prepare & host holiday dinner/lunch & monthly birthday party
         Decorate the building for holidays
         Conduct other duties as assigned

All interested candidates contact:
Nanie Taylor, Geriatric Program Coordinator


May 5, 2015

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Improved MEPAP 2nd Edition with a Study Guide of resources for completing the coursework. You will be given this when you register for either Part 1 or Part 2.


April 15, 2015

You can now pay by credit card over the phone.

March 22, 2015

Anyone living near New Berlin, WI needing a facility and practicum advisor to complete MEPAP Part 1 or Part 2, Patricia will work with you.  Please contact her directly; thank you Patricia!!

Patricia Durham
Activity Director
Heritage Senior Living at Deer Creek
3585 S147th Street
New Berlin, WI 53151
Tel: 262 789 6600
email: act2@heritageal.com


February 28, 2015

Acivity Director Certification Services now offers MEPAP 2nd Edition in both a Home Study and On-line format.  The curriculum is exactly the same, you now have a choice as to what learning style you perfer!  Both courses are open enrollment so you may register and begin at any time.  As soon as I receive your registration/payment, the course materials are sent the same day or next day priority mail and you are set to begin!

Please note that the Username and Log-In boxes on the right hand side of the web pages are for current students only.  If you are not a student but would like to post a question, please go to the Communication Corner link, click on Questions and Comments.  There you will scroll to the bottom of the web page to sign in and post your question.  Thank you!

December 8, 2014

Wishing everyone many Blessings during the Holiday Season!  As Activity Professionals, we work very hard at making this a very special time of year for those who live in our Care Communities; be sure to take time for yourself during this Holiday Season!

November 16, 2014

Please be sure to include your area code when leaving a voicemail.  If I’m out of the office and I call in for messages, there is no way for me to track down the area code if it is not included in your message.  This will allow me to return your call much more timely, thanks!

October 3, 2014

Hope everyone is enjoying Nature’s gift to us of the beautiful Fall colors and cooler weather!

July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July to all of you!

May 29, 2014

For Iowa Activity Professionals only, I now offer a 45-Hour RCF Activity Training course that is approved by the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals.  It is a home study format and you may register and begin the course at any time.  Contact me directly for Course Fees and additional information.

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year to everyone!  I wish you all many Blessings in the coming year as we strive to enhance the Quality of Life for our elders.

December 15, 2013

Happy Holidays to all and remember to take time for yourself and your family at this very busy time of year!

November 25, 2013

Wishing everyone a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving!

April 27, 2013

As more states moves towards the QIS process, I recommend developing an audit/short form questionnaire to be pro-active in improving the survey outcome for Activities. You can interview your residents throughout the year to get information on how your activity program is meeting their preferences and needs. It gives you time to revise and adjust programming accordingly thus less opportunity for deficiencies and and greater opportunity to better serve the residents!

October 1, 2012

If you have not gotten somewhere to enjoy the Fall leaves and all of the beautiful color yet this year, I hope you get the chance!! If you also have not become familiar with the new CMS Quality Indicators and CASPER, I would highly recommend this. You can find the Quality Indictors on the CMS website or your Quality Director will have them as well!

January 13, 2012

I have started a Blog for all MEPAP 2nd Edition (Part 1 and/or Part 2) students taking my course. When you register for my course, I will set you up with an username and password that will allow you to network with other students taking MEPAP! Great resource and way to meet activity professionals across the United States!

October 30, 2011

Just to update everyone on the national exam. NCCAP is on target with the testing/validation of the exam content and is on target with implementation beginning January 1, 2012. Remember, anyone who is already certified on any level by 1/01/12 will be exempt from taking the exam.

July 31, 2011

The implementation of the NCCAP final exam is on target for January 1, 2012. If you are certified on any level by January 1, 2012, you will not be required to take the final exam to make a level change to ADC.

Thank you to all of the students who are participating in the pilot program to provide valuable data to NCCAP regarding the validity of the exam!


March 13, 2011

The trialing of NCCAP’s national exam is underway. There are a number of MEPAP 2nd Edition Instructors who have volunteered to have their students trial the national exam for the year of 2011. This will assist NCCAP in finalizing the exam with the plan to implement it January 1, 2012.

December 19, 2010

I wish everyone a Joyous Holiday Season! I hope the New Year offers opportunities for Activity Professionals to meet the needs of the residents, enhance teamwork, and find answers to the many challenges we face working in this wonderful profession.

September 17, 2010

Please be sure you are getting your updates for the RAI Manual 3.0 as CMS as made numerous changes since the Manual has come out. You can refer to the CMS website: www.cms.gov to download these updates.

July 31, 2010

As of July 15, 2010, CMS has released all updated sections of the RAI User’s Manual for the MDS 3.0 except for Appendix F. You can access the revised sections as well as MDS 3.0 training slides and instructor guides under the downloads section of CMS’ website.

July 24, 2010

NCCAP to implement a National exam for all initial ADC and ACC applicants effective 1/1/2012
The NCCAP Education committee met at the NCCAP symposium in June 2010, and has revised the time line for implementation of the mandatory national exam as follows;

In keeping with the NCCAP strategic plan and in completing the final step of the eight year MEPAP reengineering project, NCCAP will be implementing an exam that all NEW applicants must complete in order to apply for national certification at the ADC or ACC level(s) effective January 1, 2012. All other national credentialing bodies require individuals to complete an exam to ensure the competency levels all meet the established standard of the association; this will also apply to NCCAP certification, and will show CMS that all individuals that apply for NCCAP certification have the same core knowledge as with all other disciplines. Be watching the NCCAP announcement page and future electronic newsletters for more details as the implementation dates draws closer.

PLEASE NOTE***THIS WILL NOT effect those individuals already nationally certified at any level with NCCAP before December 31, 2011.

June 27, 2010

NCCAP is postponing the implementation date for the national exam to 1/1/2012. The national exam will be piloted with select MEPAP instructors classes starting 1/1/2011. Check back here for more details and updates!

June 6, 2010

CMS has announced that the newly revised MDS 3.0 will definitely be implemented October 1, 2010.  Be prepared for this exciting step forward for the industry!


In keeping with the NCCAP strategic plan and in completing the final step of the eight year MEPAP reengineering project, NCCAP will be implementing an exam that all NEW applicants must complete in order to apply for national certification at the ADC or ACC level(s) effective January 1, 2011. All other national credentialing bodies require individuals to complete an exam to ensure the competency levels all meet the established standard of the association; this will also apply to NCCAP certification, and will show CMS that all individuals that apply for NCCAP certification have the same core knowledge as with all other disciplines.

PLEASE NOTE***THIS WILL NOT effect those individuals already nationally certified at any level with NCCAP before December 31, 2010.


I get many questions regarding the difference between a “certified” Activity Director and a “qualified” Activity Director. NCCAP is the only certifying body for activity professionals, therefore an activity professional is only certified once they have completed all of the required components, see www.nccap.org Levels of Certification. The activity professional must submit the completed application to NCCAP for review and approval. If the application is complete and all of the components are met, NCCAP issues a certificate giving the activity professional the credential of either AAC, AAPC, ADC, ADPC, or ACC. Activity professionals are now certified.

*Taking the MEPAP 2nd Edition course (Part 1 or Part 2), does not certify you; this is only one of the required components to be completed.

To meet F-Tag #249, activity professionals must be qualifed to direct the activity programs in skilled nursing facilities.

F-Tag #249:
(i) Is a qualified therapeutic recreation specialist or an activities professional who~~~
(A) Is 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, 1 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

Some states have activity training courses consisting of 36 – 90 hours. These courses will not certify the activity professional but, once an activity profesional completes a state activity training course, she/he will then be qualified to meet F-Tag #249.