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The National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) was created in 1986 by the National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP) as the sole credential of the Activity Profession. This was in response to the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1987 which required that Activity Directors be "qualified" to run programs for person-centered care.  Read about the creation of NCCAP in 1986.

Since 1986, NCCAP has led credentialing for person-centered care and engagement that ensures the highest quality of life for the aging population. NCCAP standards of care advance the physical, cognitive and psycho-social well-being of older adults. NCCAP has trained and certified over 150,000 individuals. 

Recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), NCCAP uses the social model of care via a curriculum, practicum and 3rd-party exam to verify the competencies and skill set to provide non-pharmaceutical therapeutic interventions across the continuum of care.  NCCAP certifications are designed to meet Federal Regulations and Behavioral Health Tags applicable to activities and engagement in long-term care settings.

As a nationally-recognized, trusted nonprofit credentialing body, NCCAP works with care partners across all settings. Whether traditional long-term care, assisted living communities, adult day centers or care provided to someone aging in place at home, NCCAP certification advances the quality of life and continuity of care for those receiving care.

As a 501.c.6, NCCAP is committed to good governance and transparency, and shares the following information. Please contact the NCCAP office to obtain a copy of our IRS 990 filing.