Announcing Another Option
for Certification

At the request of Activity Professionals across the United States, the
National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP) is proud to
announce a new certification option. After many months of planning and research, the
NAAP Credentialing Center officially opened on January 1 of this year.  This new option
gives Activity Professionals a choice of which certification is best for them.  

The Center is organized as a completely independent body exclusively for the purpose
of credentialing Activity Professionals who meet the standards and requirements set
forth by the Center and have successfully passed the competency exam. More
specifically, certification by this body will ensure that the individual will meet the criteria
required by CMS F-Tags 249 and 281 to direct quality of life programing for seniors and
others they serve.  The other components for credentialing include, experience,
continuing education and education.

“Grandfathering” is available through January 1, 2013 for those individuals holding a
national certification as an ADC, CTRS, MT-BC, etc.  You can get specifics on the
website: at and select “Grandfathering” from the menu on the left. This
option is open to all Activity Professionals working in Activities/Recreation with the
elderly. Certification will be awarded as Activity Professional-Board Certified (AP-BC) or
Activity Consultant-Board Certified (AC-BC).  Renewal will be every two years with 30
continuing education hours for AP-BC and 40 hours for AC-BC.

The Board of the NAAP Credentialing Center consists of: Diane Mockbee, Director of
Operations; Alisa Tagg, Associate Director of Operations; Joan Flannigan, Finance
Director; Brenda Scott, Management Director; Debbie Bouknight, Director of Public
Relations; and Anthony Vicari, NAAP Liaison.  Within this group of dedicated and
motivated individuals there is over 135 years of activity experience and wisdom. The
NAAPCC has no paid employees; all work is done on a volunteer basis.  The office is
located in Carlsbad, California. The response since the first of the year has been very
positive and confirms the need for another credentialing option.

, Those individuals not eligible for grandfathering must take the competency exam.  The
exam is being offered at this year’s NAAP conference at two different times for an
introductory fee of only $100.  After April 1st the exam will be available on line only. You
will have the opportunity to take the exam at least twice a month. The exam will have
250 questions and the fee will be $175. No two exams will be alike as the questions
will be randomly from a larger bank of questions.

Since the NAAP Credentialing Center as is a credentialing body, they cannot mandate a
course of study. The NAAP is an educating body and is developing study guidelines and
the possibility of a preparatory class is being considered.

This is an exciting time for Activity Professionals! You now have a choice for certification
and can select the option that best suits your specific situation.  The NAAP
Credentialing Center is dedicated to assisting individuals with realizing their goals. If
you are interested in learning more, visit the website: ( to determine
what you’ll need to do to get your certification. If you have questions, you can also reach
us by e-mail at NAAP. or call the office at 760-798-
0300.  We are here to assist you with certification.
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Founded by Activity Professionals
for Activity Professionals...

NAAP is the only national group that
represents activity professionals in geriatric
settings exclusively. NAAP serves as a
catalyst for both professional and personal
growth and has come to be recognized by
government officials as the voice of the
activity profession on national issues
concerning long-term care facilities,
retirement living, assisted living, adult day
services, and senior citizen centers. NAAP
is nationwide in scope with a growing
membership in Canada and Bermuda.

The National Association of Activity
Professionals recognizes the following

The quality of life of the
client/resident/participant/patient served is
the primary reason for our services.

The strength of NAAP lies in the diversity of
its members.  NAAP recognizes the rich
cultural, and educational backgrounds of its
members and values the variety of
resources represented.

The strength of NAAP also lies in the
development and promotion of scientific
research which further defines and supports
the activity profession.

NAAP values the development and
maintenance of coalitions with
organizations whose mission is similar to
that of NAAP's for the purposes of
advocacy, research, education, and
promotion of activity services and activity

NAAP values members who become
involved at the state and national level to
promote professional standards as well as
encourage employers to recognize them as

NAAP affords Activity Professionals across
the country the opportunity to speak with a
common voice...

NAAP successfully worked with members of
Congress to secure a change in the nursing
home reform title of the 1987 Omnibus
Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA).
Through our efforts, it became mandatory
that an activity program, directed by a
qualified professional, be provided in every
nursing home that receives Medicare
and/or Medicaid funds.

NAAP was the only professional activity
association to participate in HCFA's
workgroups that revised OBRA's interpretive
guidelines now in effect.

NAAP provides assistance at the state level
to promote certification of activity
professionals, working toward uniform
professional standards for activity practice.
NAAP Mission
To provide excellence
in support services to
activity professionals
through education,
advocacy, technical
assistance, promotion of
standards, fostering of
research, and peer and
industry relations.
There are so many benefits when you
belong to NAAP!  Each member will
receive a newsletter which will give the
updated reports on Government Relations,
Special Interests, International Updates,
Professional Development, Nominations,
Standards of Practice, Financial Updates
and a Membership Report. Along with this
comes an update from our President, Susan
Rauch and Executive Director Irene Taylor.

Members will also receive a discounted rate
at the Annual Conference which is held in
March/April of each year.

Effective JAN 1, 2006 membership dues are:
  • Active Membership = $59 USD
  • Associate Membership = $65 USD
  • International Membership (outside
    US) = $65 USD
  • Student Membership = $49 USD
  • Supportive Membership = $99 USD

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