State Approved Courses

Activity Director Training Course

Become a State Qualified Activity Director

Home study course format

Department of Health or

Department of Inspection and Appeals approved

Activity Director Certification Services offers state approved activity director training courses.  These state approved courses are completely separate from MEPAP Part 1 and MEPAP Part 2.  MEPAP Part 1 (180 hours) applies to almost all state regulations to qualify an Activity Professional working in a long term care setting.  Not all states have a specific state level training course.  If the state you are working in is not listed below, you can still take MEPAP Part 1 to become state qualified and continue on to complete all required components for national certification in the future. *Contact instructor directly on more information regarding state regulations.

Are you in need of qualifications that meets the F-Tag #680 guideline but unable to be nationally certified? If you choose not to pursue Activity Director Certified (ADC) status, you can still meet F-Tag #680 regulations by completing a state approved course.   Theresa has been approved by the following States to offer state level training courses:

  • All States:  MEPAP Part 1 – (Recognized in most ALL states, contact instructor for more information)
  • Iowa – Minimum 75 hours (Recognized in Iowa only)
  • Iowa – Minimum 45 hours (Iowa Residential Care Facilities only)
  • Missouri – Minimum 36 hours (Recognized in Missouri only)
  • Montana – Minimum 40 hours (Recognized in Montana only)
  • Nebraska – Minimum 42 hours (Recognized in Nebraska only)
  • New Mexico – Minimum 40 hours (Recognized in New Mexico only)
  • Oregon – Minimum 36 hours (Recognized in Oregon only)
  • South Dakota – Minimum 45 hours (Recognized in South Dakota only)
  • Tennessee – Minimum 40 hours (Recognized in Tennessee only)

*Check back for additional state approved courses as they are added.

Regulatory Language: F-Tag #680

F-Tag #680 defines the various qualifications required for an activity professional. Anyone working in the capacity of an Activity Director in long term care must meet one of the following criteria:

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

1. Is a qualified therapeutic recreation specialist or an activities professional who

  • Is licensed or registered, if applicable, by the State in which practicing; and
  • 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;

2. 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;

3. Is a qualified occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant;

4. Has completed a training course approved by the State

To request more information on state approved activity training courses including fees and registration, click here.