The National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) is one organization that offers a certification for activities directors Activity Director Certified (ADC) as reported by the NCCAP website. Another organization, the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC), offers a similar credential under the title Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Each organization has its own set of requirements governing who can qualify for certification and what the certified professional must do to keep her certification current.
The NCCAP offers four different tracks to certification for their Activity Director Certified credential. These tracks offer a different combination of educational, activity experience and continuing education requirements in addition to an exam and Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals. This certification signifies that the individual is qualified to manage activities staff.
The NCTRC's CTRS credential requirements include internship experience and an exam. Academic work or equivalent professional experience are also factors in qualifying for this certification.
Activity directors tend to be trained professionals who work with elderly people. Most of an activity director's time is spent developing activities that help keep older people physically and mentally active. This means that many activity directors work in retirement or nursing homes and other facilities that tend to serve senior citizens, notes Study.com.