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Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals (MEPAP) Second Edition Course
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Why is the MEPAP course essential and what benefit is there in having a certified activity professional on staff? According to the 2006 update on F-tag 248 guidance to surveyors, the activity staff is no longer solely responsible for all of the resident activity. The responsibility of the activity director is to properly assess and then provide a comprehensive activity program for all residents that can be implemented by all staff, not just activity staff. The main emphasis at the Fall Joint Provider training was on the provision of therapeutic activities, resident choice, and providing activities that keep with the resident’s lifestyle; including activities that are available in the evening and throughout the weekend. The activity director must have the tools and resources they need to be successful leaders, have good organizational and management skills, as well as a clinical understanding of the residents’ needs. The challenge is training the activity professional to be prepared for their role. That is the reason the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) created the Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals (MEPAP) Second Edition course and certification process.


Why is professional certification important? A certified activity professional will enhance the workplace with a clear understanding of his/her role in the facility. Through the MEPAP course, they will be trained in proper leadership, management, and documentation skills, and will be knowledgeable of the regulations affecting the activities department. They will have the ability to structure an activity program for all residents regardless of age, disability, and length of stay or mentation. A certified activity professional will have an understanding of culture change and be able to assist in creating an atmosphere of resident choice and satisfaction. A certified activity professional is confident and trained to be an asset to the care team whether they work in a nursing home, short term rehab facility, assisted living or memory care.


Certification is intended to demonstrate that the activity professional has the background and the education to meet the needs of the residents and the facility. The criteria to become certified includes experience, formal education, as well as specialized education. In order to maintain certification there is an education component that must be met every two years; therefore assuring that the activity professional will continue their education and will be current with regulations and the expectations of the residents we serve.


What is the MEPAP course? The MEPAP course prepares the activity professional for all aspects of their role.  The curriculum was created by activity professionals throughout the United States and is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge required to properly facilitate the activity needs for all residents in the aging services settings.  The course provides 180 hours of instructor-led training and an additional 180 hours of supervised practicum assignments (most of the practicum can be accomplished as part of the activity professional’s daily work routine).  The curriculum is divided into 18 classes which include:  regulations, survey preparedness, activity scope and modes of provision, MDS, clinical assessment and documentation, special populations, activity integration with therapy, understanding dementia, structured day programming, validation, remotivation therapy, aging process, working with families, group dynamics, culture change, calendar planning, public relations, ethics, in-service training, time management, department managerial responsibilities, professionalism, leadership, maintenance and supportive activities.  The MEPAP course is designed for adult learners. The classes are engaging and interactive in nature. Additionally, this course will prepare an individual for the NCCAP national exam and assist in the activity professional’s application process for NCCAP certification.



  • Prepare activity professionals for the integral role of promoting quality of life for short-and long-term care residents.
  • Teach the skills necessary for developing a program of activities to meet the interests of each resident (in accordance with federal and state regulations); as well as the physical, mental and psychosocial well-being of each resident.
  • Provide key job responsibilities to plan, document and evaluate care and direct services to residents.
  • Experience classroom theory in combination with direct application through field experience in sub-acute rehab and long-term care settings.
  • Understand compliance with federal and state regulations related to activities.
  • Enhance management and leadership skills necessary to become an effective activity professional.


This course is designed for activity professionals in long-term care and short term rehabilitation facilities, assisted living communities and CCRC’s.

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