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).

Here you will be able to read communications of importance from the NAAP Credentialing Center


The NAAP Credentialing Center would like to clarify mis-information being sent to Activity

Professionals. The National Association for Activity Professionals (NAAP, a membership group)

does not “maintain” any certification body, including NAAPCC. They have stated they are only

going to support NCCAP, the body that some of them benefit from financially as course

instructors. They have no control over NAAPCC or any other accreditation body. Those

credentialed through NAAPCC do not have to give up their certification to NCCAP. Please do

not be concerned with mis-information. F Tag 658 states: “Standards regarding quality of care

may be published by a professional organization, licensing board, accreditation body, or other

regulatory agency”. NAAP is mentioned as an organization that can be used as a reference

source for standard of practice, but they are not “exclusive”, as evidenced by the words

“include” and “etc”. The NCTRC, the Occupational Therapy Board and NCCAP are not

mentioned by name in this Tag either. NAAP can set standards of practice for care, as can other

organizations, but they cannot set certification standards.