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The Activity Director

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The Activity Director

This is the first of an ongoing series that explores the career options for students of our classes. To begin, we’ll take a closer look at the Activity Director class.

Activity Directors are the people who plan group and solo activities for residents of nursing homes and long term care facilities. State licensing requirements for nursing homes almost always require a facility to have an Activity Director on staff, or at least available to the residents part-time. An Activity Director must be able to plan and run a variety of activities that will appeal to residents of all ages and cognitive/physical abilities–no easy task! He or she must also be able to budget, direct staff, and coordinate events both inside and outside of a facility. The job requires skills in many areas, but most of all, a person must truly love working with people.

The WeCareOnline Activity Director class is currently available in nine states, and more are coming soon. Students have four weeks to complete the class, and must accomplish 45 hours of work in that time. Since the class is available 24/7, many students finish before the four weeks are up, and all appreciate being able to study on their own schedule. The class consists of four units which cover the basics of person-centered care, the aging process, cognitive issues, and psychosocial needs. The class also covers the business end of an Activity Director’s job, and students learn how to work with facility budgets, how to manage internal and external resources, and how to plan and provide activities to best meet the residents’ needs. In four weeks or less, students are ready with the skills they need to work as a facility’s Activity Director. There is no other required training or certification needed to work in the states where this class is approved.

Job prospects for Activity Directors are good, and the US Department of Labor reports that this is a field that’s growing faster than average. They anticipate 14-19% growth in this field between now and 2018. Need for long term care is also on the rise as Americans are living longer and often need managed care in their later years. If you love working with people, and enjoy the challenge of planning activities to meet a diverse set of needs, this is the career for you.

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51 Comments
  • Sue Mc
    Posted at 21:21h, 11 January Reply

    Can you use this for certification in Connecticut?

    • Cindy Gray
      Posted at 17:45h, 27 June Reply

      Sorry – not approved in Connecticut.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 14:38h, 20 March Reply

    can you use this certification in Marylad

    • Cindy Gray
      Posted at 17:46h, 27 June Reply

      No, not approved in Maryland

  • claudiapatx
    Posted at 19:01h, 01 April Reply

    How about in Texas?

  • d nasworthy
    Posted at 17:37h, 26 April Reply

    can u use this certification in ga email me please –drewnaz@pineland.net

    • Cindy Gray
      Posted at 17:47h, 27 June Reply

      This course is good in Washington, New Mexico, Minnesota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio and New Hampshire. It may work for other states as well but we have not checked with other states to know.

  • Elaine Smith
    Posted at 15:59h, 06 May Reply

    Is this certification good for South Carolina ?

    • Cindy Gray
      Posted at 17:48h, 27 June Reply

      This course is good in Washington, New Mexico, Minnesota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio and New Hampshire. It may work for other states as well but we have not checked with other states to know.

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 09:54h, 29 July Reply

    This course is good in Washington, New Mexico, Minnesota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio and New Hampshire. It may work for other states as well but we have not checked with other states to know.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 08:40h, 04 August Reply

    Just to clarify, it meets the regulation requirements for Minnesota's Activity Director?

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 07:59h, 05 August Reply

    The Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators let us know that Minnesota does not require a state approval for this class. You are free to take it and use the Certificate of Completion.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 07:36h, 25 August Reply

    Would this class be approved for the State of Nebraska?

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 14:33h, 25 August Reply

    Unfortunately, this course is not state approved in Nebraska YET. I'm working on it. 🙂

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 09:54h, 10 September Reply

    This course is not good.for california?

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 13:28h, 10 September Reply

    Is this certificate good in WI?

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 15:00h, 01 October Reply

    Sorry – this class is not good for CA. They require more courses to go along with.

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 15:01h, 01 October Reply

    Yes, this course should be fine for WI unless their guidelines have changed in the last year. Check with your facility to make sure!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 09:25h, 06 October Reply

    Is it good in Minnesota?

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 09:26h, 06 October Reply

    Sorry, my question was answered by a previous question, I didn't read everything before I posted.

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 09:18h, 08 October Reply

    LOL – No problem. Now we're clear. 🙂

  • Kerie Harris
    Posted at 17:32h, 20 November Reply

    What textbook do we need for this course?

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 14:47h, 12 January Reply

    So if you take this course will you be a "Certified Activity Director"?

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 15:13h, 15 January Reply

    Does this course met the requirements for the State of Oklahoma? Also, is it NCCAP approved?

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 13:28h, 27 January Reply

    Hi – Yes, this course is approved by the state of OK.

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 13:30h, 27 January Reply

    You get a "Certificate of Completion." It's not good in every state.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 11:01h, 30 January Reply

    Is this course approved in Indiana?

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 07:38h, 05 February Reply

    Sorry – No, this course does not work in Indiana.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 06:17h, 26 March Reply

    I have been working as an activity director for 13 years now I am needing to become certified, does any of my experience count, I have been running the program myself all these years. I

  • Lauren Cox
    Posted at 15:24h, 06 April Reply

    Is this course accepted in NC?

  • Wendy Jones
    Posted at 12:31h, 20 April Reply

    Is this class approved by NC DHHS and/or NC DHSR

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 13:34h, 23 April Reply

    Wendy, this course is not approved in NC. Sorry!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 11:38h, 03 May Reply

    Is this accepted in Alabama

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 15:02h, 08 May Reply

    Is this course accepted in Kansas?

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 15:55h, 19 May Reply

    Yes, this course is approved in KS.

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 15:55h, 19 May Reply

    We have not offered this course in AL as we have not researched the state requirements. Maybe someday!

  • Tammy Bell
    Posted at 17:26h, 05 August Reply

    is the course all online ?

  • Tammy Bell
    Posted at 17:27h, 05 August Reply

    is this 100 % online

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 15:46h, 28 August Reply

    Yes, 100% online.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 15:42h, 09 September Reply

    if it's not approved in Texas why is it an option to check the box for what state you want to take it in?

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 13:45h, 17 September Reply

    This course is now available in Texas.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 07:55h, 31 October Reply

    Is this course accepted in texas?

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 11:38h, 11 November Reply

    Is this course accepted in ALABAMA?

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:02h, 14 January Reply

    Courses Available in Texas (copied off your web site)

    Medical Transcription-Scribe
    Activity Director
    Social Service Assistant
    Restorative Aide
    Train The Trainer
    Health Unit Coordinator (HUC)
    Microsoft Word for Medical Professionals – NEW!
    Medical Terminology I
    Medical Terminology II – NEW!
    Pharmacy Technician

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 16:57h, 28 January Reply

    Do you have to be a CNA to be an AD?

  • Unknown
    Posted at 15:17h, 08 March Reply

    Has this course been approved and work in the state of Kansas?

    • Cindy Gray
      Posted at 15:33h, 06 April Reply

      Yes, it is approved by the state of Kansas.

  • Ronda Simmons
    Posted at 11:48h, 21 June Reply

    Is this course approved in WV

    • Cindy Gray
      Posted at 17:43h, 27 June Reply

      Sorry, nope, not yet!

    • Cindy Gray
      Posted at 17:52h, 27 June Reply

      Sorry – the CNA class is not approved in WV yet.

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