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).


The NAAP Credentialing Center would like to reassure individuals that their Board Certification is not in jeopardy. NAAPCC is a separate organization from NAAP. The NAAPCC will remain an accreditation worthy certification option for individuals. Those choosing to become credentialed in the future will continue to have an option. This option began in January of 2011 when the Credentialing Center was created at the request of NAAP members.

            If you have any questions, please call the office at 303-317-5682

                                  Why Choose The Credentialing Center for Board Certification?

According to, “The nation’s most respected thinkers in health and fitness agree that NCCA accreditation is the gold standard when it comes to accreditation of programs that certify professionals working in healthcare, fitness, wellness and other occupations.” The NAAP Credentialing Center strictly follows the standards set forth by the National Commission for Credentialing Agencies (NCCA) as we move towards this accreditation.

NCCA is an independent accrediting body that also evaluates programs for other health professionals like registered dietitians, nurse practitioners, medical assistants and occupational therapists. Meeting standards of excellence already recognized in the medical community is the straightest path toward recognition by healthcare providers as part of the healthcare continuum, and ultimately, more opportunities to serve people who need our help.

NCCA Standards 2 states:

  • Certification body cannot require any specific course
  • Certification body cannot offer any type of education
  • Certification body must have its own Board with no outside influence from other entities with a distinct firewall between any education bodies

The national trend is for facility administrators and companies to hire only credentialed Activity Professionals. The time to gain certification is now! Our board certification is all- encompassing and covers all Activity Professionals working in any geriatric setting. We are recognized by CMS and FTag 680. It is the goal and desire of the NAAP Credentialing Center to assist anyone seeking board certification. Please do not hesitate to contact us via phone at 303-317-5682 or email us at

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The NAAP Credentialing Center is proud to be a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence in a show of our commitment to strive for excellence in our board certification program.

              Lapel pins are now available!

  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.  

Good News!

We realize that some may have difficulty getting to live workshops, seminars, and other face to face education, thus the reason for the change. We heard you and we listened.  The requirement will still be: one half of all continuing education hours required be face to face. However, we will accept live webinars as a face to face session IF it is pre-approved by the Credentialing Center.   As a partner of NAAP we pre-approve their monthly Lunch and Learn webinars.  These sessions are free to NAAP members, so if you are not a member,  join soon at  The instructions on how to take part in the Lunch and Learn sessions are on the website as well. Face to face status will be accepted on any webinar that you attend live that has been pre-approved by the NAAP Credentialing Center.  Please don’t hesitate to contact the office with any questions.


Susan Rauch, our Associate Director of Operations and Credentialing has a great article about her Assisted Living Program on I Advance Senior Care. Her advise to us is "blankets to beer."   Read her article here

Listening with Compassion written by our Director of Communications and Marketing, Shelley Evans for IAdvance.  

Sean Mockbee, son of our Director of Operations, Diane Mockbee is a strong supporter of the Activity Profession.  His article "Activity Programming: An Administrators View"  was  recently published by 1 Advance Senior Care. Read his article here

Susan Rauch is our Associate Director of Operations and Credentialing. She was proud to introduce one of her residents to the nation. He is a Japanese American who served in WWII and was highly decorated for his service. You will see as you watch the video that he has a great sense of humor. View his story here.