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).

Great News for all Activity Professionals!

The Credentialing Center is excited to announce that we have now been in business for 8 years!  Over that time, trends and expectations in the field have evolved. The Board met in March to look at how The Center could keep up with trends and continue to set and follow high ethical certification standards. NAAPCC continues to follow the standards of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, including those related to conflicts of interest.  No one on this Board or anyone associated with the Board benefits financially from any certification criteria. NAAPCC is happy to announce that beginning immediately, several changes will occur:

NAAPCC will be offering three certifications. You will be able to find the PATHs to reach these certifications, on our website no later than April 15, 2019 or you can request an emailed copy from the office.

Activity Professional -Board Certified: AP-BC

Advanced Activity Professional -Board Certified: AAP-BC

Activity Consultant/Educator- Board Certified: AC-BC 

As of now, all current AP-BC’s will be grandfathered to AAP-BC per industry grandfathering standards. All new applicants will follow the new criteria.  Certificates will automatically be mailed for those grandfathered to AAP-BC. This will take some time, so thank you for being patient. You will continue to meet F Tag 680 with your AP-BC. 

All certifications meet F tags 658 and 680 and are national certifications. 

  1. NAPCC has made some additions to the Standards required, which you will also find on the website no later than April 15, 2019. 

  2. NAAPCC has added a PATH under the AP-BC that will accept any *recognized basic or advanced activity course that equals 36 hours, toward AP-BC .

  3. All CE credits from any *recognized basic or advanced activity course can now be used toward required CE credits (note that 12 required CE credits must be from live, face to face education for all PATHs) if not used toward the course criteria for the AP-BC PATH.

  4. The face to face, live education CE hours requirement for all renewals and applications will now be a minimum of 12.

* No specific course is required per NCCA standards, but recognized courses, including state courses already recognized by CMS, will be accepted toward NAAPCC certification under PATH 2 for AP-BC.  The definition of a recognized course will be in the standards and on the website by April 15, 2019.

Please contact the office at with any questions or call 303-317-5682

The NAAPCC is proud to continue to be the Board Certification choice of Activity professionals across the country

Thank you, South Carolina!

We had a great board meeting in Myrtle Beach and stayed for the South Carolina Activity Professionals Association Annual Conference. The hospitality of the SCAPA members was so warm and welcoming, we felt right at home. Before the conference began, we took a day and toured Charleston which we all enjoyed every minute!  Diane Mockbee was their Keynote Speaker and presented several other sessions. Theme night was really fun and most danced the night away! We truly appreciate the graciousness of the SCAPA Board for taking such good care of the NAAP Credentialing Center Board.

NAAP Credentialing Center Board of Directors: Diane Mockbee, Susan Rauch, Debbie Bouknight, Lorrie Baird, Shelley Evans, Brenda Scott-Office Manager

NAAP Credentialing Center Board of Directors: Diane Mockbee, Susan Rauch, Debbie Bouknight, Lorrie Baird, Shelley Evans, Brenda Scott-Office Manager

OFFICE HOURS: The NAAP Credentialing Center office is open from 9:00am-3:00pm Mountain Daylight Time. If calling or emailing outside those hours, we will get back to you the next day. The Credentialing Center is dedicated to serving and assisting any Activity Profession on their “path” to board certification.


“Thank you so much for the great news! I appreciate your sending this acknowledgement and I look forward to helping others provide an outstanding activity program.”  Patty-Wisconsin 

“I am the first activity director within my company to ever  hold such a high title and I am very honored!” Erica-Alabama                                      

“Yay!!!! I’m so happy!! Thank you so much for all your help and encouragement!” Billie-Ohio 

“It was a very challenging time in my life to attempt to become Activity Consultant/Educator Certified but with the assistance and encouragement of National Association of Activity Professionals Credentialing Center it became a reality! I can not imagine that happening anywhere else!” Dawn-Wisconsin

I always appreciate the great customer service I receive when I contact the office. Sue-Colorado  

“I’m so proud of my board certification and share the information whenever I can.” Theresa-Texas


We want to thank the board certified individuals who have continued to believe in us and have kept their credential current. We appreciate your support!  New applications are arriving on a regular basis and we are proud to assist these individuals with gaining a national board certification.

Statements made by other organizations that the NAAP Credentialing Center is no longer in existence is false. The Credentialing Center continues to provide an option for activity professionals to become nationally board certified. We are committed to activity professionals of the importance of being credentialed. Our standards follow the National Commission for Certifying agencies (NCCA), the only activity credentialing body that does so. Board Certification is attainable without the requirement of taking any class or course. Our job analysis and comprehensive exam cover the core competencies needed to direct programming.  Be assured we are not going anywhere and that our credentials are recognized by CMS under F tags 658 and 680.  Please call the office at 303-317-5682 to learn the facts and get your questions answered.


Choose AP-BC or AC-BC

Choose AP-BC or AC-BC

You have been asking for lapel pins to demonstrate your professionalism and we responded to this request as well.  Lapel pins are now available from the office. AP-BC or AC-BC are $7.00 which includes shipping and handling. Get one and wear it with pride! They can be ordered from the website or by contacting the NAAPCC office.