The Credentialing Center

The Choice of Activity Professionals for Board Certification

The NAAP Credentialing Center is organized as an independent body exclusively for the purpose of certifying Activity Professionals that meet the standards and requirements set forth by the Center and have successfully passed the competency exam.  More specifically certification by this body will assure that the individual will meet the criteria required by CMS F-Tags 249 and 281 to direct quality of life programming for seniors and others that they serve.

This option is open to all Activity Professionals working in Activities/Recreation with the elderly.  Activity Professionals have the option of certification as an Activity Professional - Board Certified (AP-BC) or an Activity Consultant - Board Certified (AC-BC).

Important Announcement-Renewal Fees to increase

After much review and consideration, we find it necessary to increase our recertification fees.  Renewal fees will be increased to $60 for both AP-BC and AC-BC. This will take effect on January 1st 2017.  Any renewals received in the office prior to 1/1/17 can pay the current fee.  The Exam Fee ($175) and Late Fee ($25) will remain the same.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the office at 303-317-5682 or if you have any questions.

It’s Fall and We’ve Been Busy!

Many of us love the fall season; the cool nights and warm days not to mention the gorgeous fall colors. Depending on what part of our United States you live in, the colors abound with reds, golds, yellows, oranges, burgundy, rust, indeed a real kaleidoscope. It’s time for the leaves to fall, homecoming events, bonfires, and s’mores. A time to begin to think about home, families and the upcoming holidays.

One reason the Credentialing Center likes fall is because we get to be a part of many state Activity Professional Conferences. We have been busy in September with booths, brochures and goodies in tote bags, advertisements in program books and speaking opportunities. The Credentialing Center has been a part of these state conferences: Wisconsin,  Illinois,  North Carolina,  Washington,  Kansas, Maryland.  Also the Memory Care Forum in San Diego and the National Adult Day Services in Indianapolis, all just this September!  

Looking ahead we will have representation in the months to come at St Louis Association of Activity Professionals,  Ohio,  Michigan,  American Music Therapy Association and the American College of Health Care Administrators.

Anytime your state or local association has an educational opportunity for your members, we would like to be a part of the event. We can tailor what you need. We have new table top banners that we will be glad to send with our brochures for your use. Depending on the time and location we might be able to send a speaker. Please don’t hesitate to contact Brenda in the office at 303-317-5682 so we can discuss the possibilities. 

Continuing Education: Traditional vs. Technology-based Approaches

We all know that continuing education is vital to our success as Activity Professionals. Technology based education has exploded in the past few years, however there is still benefits in gaining traditional education. Debbie Bouknight, Director of Outreach and Recertification, explores the differences and make a strong case for the traditional. Her article appears in the Long Term Living Digital Magazine. Read her article here.

Accreditation: Here We Come!

As we state in our brochure and on this website we follow the standards set forth by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Our main goal for the Credentialing Center in the beginning was to become accredited, that is a long and exact process as well as costly.  In final preparation for submitting our application, our office manager,  Brenda Scott will be attending the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) Exchange in Colorado Springs in November.  While there she will connect and network with other credentialing professionals.  Sessions specific to those working toward accreditation,  problem areas to avoid, trends,  NCCA standard updates, the future of credentialing are just a few that she will attend.  We invite you to view this video that will introduce you to ICE and the importance of credentialing and our being accredited.