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NCCAP Board votes to extend ADC Track 5
through 6/2007.


NCCAP Board extends ADC Track 5 deadline....

Due to the overwhelming response to the temporary ADC Track 5
opportunity, and to the numerous requests from the various state/activity
association representatives requesting a short extension to allow for the
varied state conferences etc to assist their members in meeting the final
requirements for this track, and after much discussion, the NCCAP Board
voted to extend the temporary window of opportunity for ADC Track 5 until

NCCAP opened up the "window of opportunity" for individuals that completed
a basic activity course of 90 hours or less, between 1991 (when OBRA was
implemented) and 2001 (when the requirement for the MEPAP
course/pre-approved instructors was implemented), but that have the
established experience, demonstrating their commitment and dedication to
the field of activities, and have ongoing continuing education to effectively
implement their job responsibilities and duties, an opportunity to apply for
certification as a director.

ADC Track 5 requirements must include:
1.HS diploma and/or GED)
2.a basic activity course
(Please check which one applies and/or is
closest to the course you attended)
____36 hours ____ 40/42/45 hour
____60 hour ___72 hour ____ 90 hour ___
MUST have been completed between (1991 -2001)Verified by submitting a
certificate of completion, signed by the qualified instructor.
3. 6 years (12,000 hours) of current activity experience within the past 10
4. 30 hours of continuing education 20%
(6 hours) of which specifically addresses
activity documentation (i.e. mds,care
planning, assessments).This cannot be
in conjunction with your activity courses

IF you meet the above criteria;
1. Complete the current NCCAP application
2. Complete the additional ADC Track 5
application form
3. Submit ALL the required documentation
4. Submit the appropriate fee(s)

*The window to apply for certification following ADC Track 5, will close

ADC Track 5 is available for INITIAL applicants, meeting the above criteria -
and may apply to currently certified individuals wishing to level change.

*Individuals that have the requirements for Track 5,that are following the
ADPC certification track, MUST also complete the ADC Track 5 application,
along with the application for a level change; level changes will only be
granted if ALL the requirements are met.

THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS to the above. Applicant is responsible to
verify ALL information. Applicant agrees to accept certification at another level
(if applicable) if this level cannot be granted.

The ADC Track 5 application can be downloaded from the download
forms/request for information section of the NCCAP website

As of 1/2007, ALL INITIAL ADC Tracks 1 - 3, and ACC Tracks 1 - 3
applications to NCCAP will require the entire MEPAP (180 hours of
coursework/180 hours of practicum), not just the MEPAP part 1. ALL
individuals considering NCCAP certification that currently only have MEPAP
part 1, will want to apply for certification ASAP, PRIOR to the standard
changes that will take affect 1/1/2007. *After 1/2007 - those that have only
MEPAP part 1, will have to obtain MEPAP part 2 (core content areas 12 - 20 of
the MEPAP 2nd edition)- in order to apply for the ADC or ACC levels. (The
equivalent to MEPAP 2nd edition requirements)

***NCCAP has received numerous POSITIVE comments with regard to this
window of opportunity - as it has also 1) Discouraged individual states from
pursuing their own state certification 2) Encouraged individuals to take the
initiative to follow through since completion of their courses and become
nationally certified - (these are just a couple of the comments received)

ADC Track 5 - UPDATE 2/14/05

Track 5 is available for currently employed individuals with over 12,000 hours
of activity experience; anyone with less than that should not consider
applying using this Track. Track 5 is available for individuals that have
completed a Basic Activity Course, approved by their state between 1991 -
2001. Those of you that have completed non- approved courses, taken the
course by a non qualified individual or completed the course during a
different time frame, this Track does NOT apply to you. Track 5 requires 30
hours of continuing education, 6 of which MUST BE specific to activity
documentation, ie the mds's, care planning, resident assessments and
such. Those of you currently certified, do not need to send in 30 additional
hours, but you WILL have to show/send the 6 hours of activity documentation
continuing education within the past 5 years (your activity course does not
meet this requirement). BEFORE you send in the application to level change,
review ALL the NCCAP standards, as ALL the NCCAP standards must be
followed - this includes, proper documentation of experience, proper
verification of the completion of the basic activity course and completing the
required activity documentation. Only apply for ADC Track 5 - once you have
reviewed ALL the requirements along with the NCCAP standards, all of
which can be found on the site.

*** 6+ hour Documentation workshops are being offered all over the country
to assist with this component - also there are online options available that
have been pre-approved as well -
Why Become NCCAP Certified?

1. Federal Law, OBRA, states that an activity department must
be directed by a "qualified professional." One of the ways to
become qualified is to become a Certified Activity

2. NCCAP certification is recognized by HCFA (Health Care
Financing Administration) as an organization that certifies
activity professionals who work specifically with the elderly.

3. NCCAP certification assures administrators and surveyors
that you have met certain professional standards to become

4. Many administrators will only hire activity professionals
who are already certified.

5. Some administrators offer a higher salary to a certified

6. Become NCCAP certified so others will know that you are
nationally qualified and giving quality activity service to


May derive from a wide variety of curricula: Social Work,
Recreation, Education, and Business degrees. These are a
few of the educational backgrounds that represent our
certified members.

Activity work experience with elderly populations, where at
least 50% are 55+ years of age. Some volunteer work with
elderly clients may be applied.

Current education (within past 5 years): workshops,
seminars, college courses that keep the activity professional
abreast of present trends. NCCAP's Body of Knowledge
contains 27 areas of education with many subheadings that
are applicable.

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.

The cost of being certified initially ranges from $45 to $65
depending upon the level. Renewal is required every two
years with 20-40 hours of continuing education and a fee of

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