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).

A practice exam of 15 questions is available to those interested. Please call the office at 303-317-5682 to obtain a passcode to enter the practice exam. There is no fee to take the practice exam. It is there for you to become familiar with the format of the competency exam.

 If you have questions or concerns regarding the Competency Exam,  please contact the office at 303-317-5682 or

You must pay for the Exam ($200.00) to receive the passcode to enter the exam.  Please, if someone else is paying for your exam,  email the office that information.  Payment for the exam can be made by credit card or mailing a check to the office.  If you mail a check to the office please include your email and phone number so we can reach you.

Competency Exam

Please note: The exam is good for one year. If application for certification is not received within one year, the exam must be re-taken.

The competency exam is generally the final step toward your credential.

  1. Make payment of $200 in order to receive the passcode and take the exam. (Please note: if you are planning to take the exam on a weekend make payment before Friday at noon since the office is not open on the weekend to send you your passcode)

  2. You must complete all contact information.

  3. The exam is computer based and should be taken on a familiar computer.

  4. The exam will be available any time after the 5th of each month.

  5. There are 150 questions all multiple choice.

  6. The time allotted is one and half hours.

  7. Every exam will be different as the questions are randomized.

  8. You will only be able to access it one time.

  9. You will have the opportunity to go back and review your answers.

  10. Click on "Submit My Answers".

  11. You will see your score at the end, but not be able to print it.

  12. If you do not receive a score of 75% or better you can retake the exam for $75.

  13. A certificate verifying you passed the exam with your score will be sent via email and is good for one year.

Hints for taking the Exam

  • Take the exam on a computer you are familiar with

  • Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed

  • Turn your phone off

  • Have plenty of liquids-keep hydrated

  • Read each question carefully

  • You can skip a question and come back to it

  • Don’t rush, you have plenty of time

  • Think positive