Source: NAAP Credentialing Center 

 Another Option
for Activity Director 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 2011.  This 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 680 and 658 to direct quality of life programing for seniors and
others they serve.  The other components for credentialing include, experience,
continuing education and a HS Diploma or better.

“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,    Please do not hesitate to contact us via phone at 303-317-5682 or email us at

We are here to assist you with your Activity Director Certification.