The NCCAP Page
The National Certification Council
for Activity Professionals
Our Mission:  The National Certification Council for Activity Professionals is a credentialing body,
which sets standards and criteria to ensure that those we serve have optimal life experiences
Why Become NCCAP

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 certified.

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

5. Some administrators offer a higher
salary to a certified professional.

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


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

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

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 $40.

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You Will Get Old - Get Ready For It!
Debbie Bailey, ACC
NCCAP Vice-President

Many may think that once a resident has entered a retirement community that they have
made adequate preparations for their future. So often that is not the case. There have
been large numbers of folks who have passed through our residences who have no idea
what they want to do with the rest of their lives and have no plan as to how to go about
addressing the variety of issues associated with aging. At our particular community, we
have a resident named Martha Simons (named used by permission) who has made the
preparations necessary for her passing.

Her family will be grateful for all the thoughtful plans she has made. We are grateful for
her generosity in sharing her wisdom that I will now pass on. Martha has been invited to
share this information at her church for those in her Sunday school class. What a great
outreach! It is information that we, as Activity Directors, need to put into place, also. It is
never too soon to start planning for our future.

Martha is eighty-five years old and she is the most contented she has ever been in her
life - not because she had a "bad" life, but because she has her life in order. She enjoys
good health, good support from family and friends, engaged activity, financial stability,
and in all ways she feels safe and secure. None of these things are an accident or the
result of luck. Rather, she has planned well, has made the choice to be content.

Those whom we serve are often our richest sources for guidance. As we all know, the
reverse can be true also. So, this article will offer some tips from Martha that, taken
seriously, will be a guide for facing old age. As Martha succinctly states, "You will get old -
get ready for it!"

There are seven suggestions that all of us would be wise to heed:
  1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Exercise.
  2. Consume a healthy diet.
  3. Follow your doctor's orders, including being responsible to take medicines as
  4. Remain social, as this as an aid to maintaining good mental health.
  5. Whatever stimulated your brain is a wise choice: studying genealogy, doing
    crossword puzzles, playing bridge, Bible study, etc.
  6. Preserve financial resources and avoid debt. If you have a marriage partner, make
    decisions that affect your future together. Information about where important
    papers are located needs to be known by the appropriate people. Some of these
    documents include: wills, bank accounts, insurance policies, car titles, deeds to
    property, and anything else of value.
  7. Foster and maintain good family relationships.

Team Challenge
By Debbie Bailey, ACC

Everyone who can proudly state that they are NCCAP certified is a member of a very
extraordinary team. We can all agree that the more professionals we can attract to
become a part of this exceptional group, the more assurance we have that resident needs
are being capably addressed.

I think that we all agree the more exposure and education that can be distributed, the
better. Getting the word disseminated requires a major effort. Sending information to
administrators and other activity departments is something we need to diligently pursue.
The NCCAP office does not have the personnel resources to convert new large address
lists to mailing label lists. That's why I am calling on our NCCAP team to join forces in
order to start a more global process. Available to all who make inquiries via the internet is
a state listing of retirement communities. The lists are large. The practical thing to do is to
target the larger cities and print the list. From that list, a project can be developed to
format the addresses on to mailing labels for NCCAP. Sounds like a daunting task? It is.

I have several suggestions on how to approach this project. If you agree this is something
that is worthwhile, commit to participate in obtaining the state lists developed for the
NCCAP office. I suggest that all NCCAP state representatives make it their personal goal
to have this accomplished by early 2007. For states with no representatives, volunteer to
do it now! Discuss it at professional activity meetings and propose the most effective way
to distribute the responsibilities to make
this happen.

As the representative for the state of Colorado, let me share my plan. We have some very
computer-literate residents living in our community. I will print out the addresses to input
as address labels. They will save this information on a CD. We will format the addresses
to fit a universal label. My suggestion is to use the shipping labels by AVERY, for laser
printers, the number is 5263, and the template for smooth feed sheets, use template
5163. Once this is completed, the disc will then be sent to the NCCAP office for applicable
use. This would be a tremendous resource for the office to be able to draw upon and the
potential for our certified team to grow is certain. The more we are able to educate others
about our activity certification opportunities and benefits, the more assured we can be we
are the best we can be! That will be real progress!
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