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NCCAP CERTIFICATION PROCESS

GUIDE TO BECOMING NCCAP CERTIFIED

THERE ARE FOUR COMPONENTS TO NCCAP CERTIFICATION


Academic
Amount of College Credits

Experience
Number of Hours Experience in Activities Within the Past 5 Years

Continuing Education
Within the Past 5 years

MEPAP 2nd Edition

ACADEMIC

College Credits
Masters Degree Bachelors Degree Associates Degree 60 College Credits 12 College Credit Note: College Credits never expireMust have an English Course

EXPERIENCE
Number of hours of actual delivery of activities services to a population that is at least 50% over age 55
1 year full time is equivalent to 2,000 hours of experience Experience must be within the past 5 years

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Workshops, seminars, conferences specifically for activities that fall within the NCCAP Body of Knowledge
Must be within the past 5 years Can include 6 clock hours from mandatory in-service's Any online or home study classes must be NCCAP Preapprovedcontact the company to find the NCCAP pre-approval number

MODULAR EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR ACTIVITY PROFESSIONALS

MEPAP

MEPAP is the entire course Successful completion of the course For NCCAP certification you must complete both section

DETAILS
As there are only 4 components to NCCAP certification as an Activities Director there are many options available for you to become nationally certified There are 3 components to NCCAP certification as an Activities Assistant There are 5 components to NCCAP certification as an Activities Consultant

AAC ACTIVITIES ASSISTANT CERTIFIED


ACTIVITY ASSISTANT CERTIFIED (AAC): One who meets NCCAP standards to assist, with supervision, in carrying out an activity program.
Note: AAC certification is recommended for Activities Assistants. As long as you maintain your NCCAP certification you can level change at any time to ADC if you complete the other components for ADC certification.

AAC TRACK 1
Track 1 A. ACADEMIC EDUCATION 30 college semester credits (must include an English PLUS 1 other course from B, C, and D of the required coursework areas).
B. ACTIVITY EXPERIENCE 2,000 hours within past 5 years. C. CONTINUING EDUCATION 20 clock hours (Body of Knowledge) within past 5 years.

AAC TRACK 2
Track 2 A. ACADEMIC EDUCATION High school diploma or GED, PLUS 6 college credits (must include an English and 1 other course from the required coursework areas).
B. ACTIVITY EXPERIENCE 4,000 hours within past 5 years. C. CONTINUING EDUCATION 20 clock hours (Body of Knowledge) within past 5 years.

AAC TRACK 3
A. ACADEMIC EDUCATION High school diploma or GED, PLUS the 90-Hour Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals Part 1including 90 Hour Practicum. (C.C.1-11)
B. ACTIVITY EXPERIENCE 2,000 hours within past 5 years. C. CONTINUING EDUCATION 20 clock hours (Body of Knowledge) within past 5 years.

AAPC ACTIVITIES ASSISTANT PROVISIONALLY CERTIFIED


High School Diploma or GED
MEPAP Part One (Core Competencies 1-11) 50 clock hours of volunteer/experience in the delivery of activities services 20 clock hours of continuing education from the NCCAP Body of Knowledge within the past 5 years

AAPC
This Track was designed for individuals such as High School students, college students or activity professionals near retirement who want to obtain national certification
If the individual maintains their NCCAP certification they can level change at any time, providing that they obtain the components for that level. They can maintain their AAPC forever when they renew every two years.

ADC TRACK 1
ACADEMIC EDUCATION Bachelor's Degree or higher (must include an English (A) PLUS 7 other courses with at least one course from B, C, and D of the required coursework areas).
ACTIVITY EXPERIENCE 4,000 hours within past 5 years.

CONTINUING EDUCATION 30 clock hours (Body of Knowledge) within past 5 years.


MEPAP Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals (MEPAP).

ADC TRACK 2
ACADEMIC EDUCATION Associates Degree (including English PLUS 5 other courses, with at least 1 course from B, C, and D of the coursework areas). ACTIVITY EXPERIENCE 6,000 hours within past 5 years. CONTINUING EDUCATION 30 clock hours (Body of Knowledge) within past 5 years. MEPAP Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals (MEPAP).

ADC TRACK 3
ACADEMIC EDUCATION 60 college semester credits (must include English PLUS 5 other courses, with at least 1 course from B, C, and D of the required coursework areas). ACTIVITY EXPERIENCE 6,000 hours within past 5 years. CONTINUING EDUCATION 30 clock hours (Body of Knowledge) within past 5 years. MEPAP Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals (MEPAP).

ADPC TRACK 4
ACADEMIC EDUCATION 12 semester college credits (must include an English PLUS 1 other required coursework area). 90-Hour Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals Part 1 (C.C.1-11) and the 90-Hour Practicum 90-Hour Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals Part 2 (C.C.12-20) and 90-Hour Practicum
ACTIVITY EXPERIENCE 4. 6,000 hours activity experience within the past 5 years.

CONTINUING EDUCATION 30 clock hours (Body of Knowledge) within past 5 years.

ADPC
For ADPC you must have 3 of the 5 components You have will need to maintain your ADPC for 6 years. Upon completion of your missing components you can apply for a level change You have 6 years to obtain your missing components IF you do not obtain your missing components within the 6 years, you can become an AAC You will need to renew your NCCAP certification every two years

REMEMBER
NCCAP Certification must be renewed every two years. IF you do not renew, you will then have to meet the current NCCAP Standards So if you are NCCAP Certified at any level before 12/31/11 then you will not have to take the National Exam. Your NCCAP Certification is recognized nationally and can be used in states that accept NCCAP certification as a qualifier for an Activities Director It is also recognized by CMS FTag 249

ACC TRACK 1 ACC HAS 5 COMPONENTS


ACADEMIC EDUCATION Master's Degree or higher (must include an English plus 7 other coursework areas with at least 1 course from areas B, C, and D). ACTIVITY EXPERIENCE 2,000 hours activity experience within the last 5 years. CONTINUING EDUCATION 40 clock hours (Body of Knowledge) within the past 5 years. CONSULTING EXPERIENCE 200 hours of activity consulting experience within the past 3 years. MEPAP Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals (MEPAP).

ACC TRACK 2
. ACADEMIC EDUCATION Bachelor's Degree (include an English plus 7 other coursework areas with at least 1 course from areas B, C, and D). ACTIVITY EXPERIENCE 4,000 hours activity experience within the last 5 years. CONTINUING EDUCATION 40 clock hours (Body of Knowledge) within the past 5 years. CONSULTING EXPERIENCE 200 hours of activity consulting experience within the past 3 years. MEPAP Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals (MEPAP).

ACC TRACK 3
ACADEMIC EDUCATION Bachelor's Degree (must include an English plus 7 other coursework areas with at least 1 course from areas B, C, and D). ACTIVITY EXPERIENCE 4,000 hours activity experience within the last 5 years. CONTINUING EDUCATION 40 clock hours (Body of Knowledge) within the past 5 years. CONSULTING EXPERIENCE (Arranged with the Track 3 Consultant Review Committee). MEPAP Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals (MEPAP).

ACADEMIC COMPONENT
High School Diploma or GED
You will send a copy in your application packet If you cannot get a copy, a letter on official High School letterhead with your graduation date would work. You will need to send the originalkeep a copy

Official College Transcript


You will send the original so get a Student copy as well Have the transcript sent to your facilityHR Department would be able to receive it, if the college wont send it to you Include it in your application packet

ACADEMIC COMPONENT
From an accredited college or university A variety of degrees and college courses are accepted, provided the course content areas are met No time limit for college degree or credits Required coursework areas must be a grade of C or better Nursing schools, technical credits, and foreign transcripts must be accompanied by an official evaluation from an accredited US College, University or Independent Agency.

CERTIFICATION PLAN
For your certification plan, fill in the plan with the components that you are missing. For complete information about NCCAP Certification go to www.nccap.org and click on the Certification tab The NCCAP Body of Knowledge can also be found on the siteuse it to determine if your continuing education falls within it for your continuing education component

CERTIFICATION PLAN
The Academic Component and accepted classes can be found under the Academic information You can also download the entire NCCAP Standards Packet as well as the NCCAP Application under Downloads and Requests There is also information about NCCAP and its opportunities on the www.nccap.org site NCCAP offers live chats for 1 clock hour a week as well as an annual Symposium in June