What is MEPAP?

M.E.P.A.P. - "Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals"
MEPAP Part I & MEPAP Part II Classes
Start the 1st Tuesday
of every Month - $600
Instructor: Kathy Hughes, ADC
NCCAP Approved: 16 Week Online Course

Mission: The MEPAP 2nd Edition (Part I) course provides the activity professional with a strong base of knowledge, as well as the necessary skills and techniques to provide therapeutic activity services to clients and residents in a long term care setting.

Why the MEPAP course?

  • Federal Law, OBRA, states that an activity department must be directed by a “qualified professional.”
  • One of the ways to become a "qualified professional" is to take a State Approved Training Course.
  • The NCCAP MEPAP Part I Course is approved in most States. CMS.gov Federal Regulation F680.
  • NCCAP MEPAP Part I Certificate is recognized by Center for Medicaid and Medicare, CMS.gov, as an Approved Course, for most States, that qualifies graduates to become activity professionals who work specifically with the elderly. Long Term Care, Alzheimer Care, Assisted Living, Adult Day Health, Home Health, Hospital SNF
  • The Activity Directors Network NCCAP MEPAP Part I Certificate assures administrators and surveyors that you have met certain professional standards to become certified.
  • The NCCAP MEPAP Part I Certificate never expires.

Article from the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals NCCAP NEWS
Through the years NAAP and NCCAP provided many opportunities
for individuals to take training in order to assure our consumers that they would be taught the pertinent information and that all would learn the basic skills required for activities. Instructors updated their skills regularly and attended training courses. The MEPAP Instructor was given manuals and information that would assist them in developing their courses to meet the educational needs of the activities professional. The MEPAP course was being taught across the country to many individuals who wanted to update their skills and learn all about the activities profession.
NCCAP's MEPAP Re-engineering Committee then took on the task of re-engineering
the MEPAP to meet the current needs of the activities profession. As we all know, changes in regulations, interpretive guidelines and the level of resident needs encourages all of us to increase our skills as professionals. Many activity professionals needed to hone their management skills and their delivery of activities to today's increased consumer awareness of activities. With the advent of the Baby Boomers moving into long term care it was important that the MEPAP reflect those individual needs and interests.
The MEPAP now is being offered in traditional face-to-face venues across the country
as well as "non-traditional" venues such as home study, video and online courses. All pre-approved instructors have been teaching the original content of the MEPAP and December 31, 2007 they will all be re-engineered to meet the current requirements. This course will include an increased awareness of current challenges facing the activity professional of the future. NCCAP's Re-engineering Committee is aware that changes in the future will also be needed in order to assure consumers that their NCCAP certified activity professional has the skills and knowledge to meet their needs and interests in their long-term care experience.
Requiring the entire MEPAP for NCCAP certification as an ADC, ADPC and ACC went into effect starting January 1, 2007.
This requirement was part of the NCCAP strategic plan to assist with the evolution of the activities profession. By successfully completing the MEPAP, an activity professional will have the tools to implement a program that is specific to the ideals and needs of their facility and activities department.
MEPAP is a continuous process of education and refinement of the profession.
It is a step toward legitimizing the profession and a step toward a national standard of professionalism. The original authors, original NAAP and NCCAP Boards and those who were charged with bringing the profession into the new millennium were prophetic in their desires to see the profession evolve into a realm that is equivalent to all those professions involved in long-term care. The current authors, NAAP and NCCAP Boards are looking forward to the future of the activities profession. Their dedication to the evolution of a relatively new profession is amazing and we thank them for their professionalism.
The Core Competencies that are available in the MEPAP 2nd Edition
cover the range and depth of the activities profession and it's uniqueness in today's long-term care continuum. MEPAP is the course that has been able to fill in the areas of educational needs for those who want to join the activities profession and those currently working in the activities profession. The NCCAP Board and committees realize that a continuing education opportunity to provide the consumer with an activity professional who is able to meet their needs and interests is part of the professional standards.
The "Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals", (MEPAP) is now a requirement for NCCAP Certification.
This requirement is now includes a national exam for Activity Professionals. For those currently NCCAP certified, this will not effect your certification, however, if you let your certification lapse then you will have to meet the current NCCAP Standards, which could include taking a national exam.
MEPAP will continue to grow and continue to be updated to meet the changing needs of consumers and the long-term care market. We are looking forward as well as thanking all who are working toward making the activities profession a great career for many.
  • Become NCCAP certified so others will know that you are nationally qualified and giving quality activity service to residents/clients.

Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals - (MEPAP)
Starts the 1st Tuesday of every Month - NCCAP Approved
(MEPAP Part I & MEPAP Part II are required for NCCAP Activity Director Certification)

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MEPAP I - Online Activity Director Courses
Part I:
16 Week Course - $600 Enroll NOW!
All Course Info Included - NO TEXTBOOKS REQUIRED

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MEPAP II - Online Activity Director Courses
Part II: 16 Week Course - $600 Enroll NOW!
All Course Info Included - NO TEXTBOOKS REQUIRED
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How Do I Enroll ?

The MEPAP courses are the most widely accepted Training Course for Activity Directors in Long Term Care, Assisted Living, Adult Day Care and Hospital Swingbed Rehab and are required for NCCAP Certification.


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