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hey guys, i am trying to figure out which states require their AD's to be certified. If you could, please list your state and certification or no certification. I think it will be helpful for those just coming into the AD profession and those looking into getting into it. Thank you so much!

 

Kate

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Hello!

Here are the regulations in New York State

 

 

2) The activities program shall be directed by a qualified professional

 

 

who:

 

 

 

(i) is a qualified therapeutic recreation specialist who is eligible for

 

 

certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist by a recognized

 

 

accrediting body on or after August 1, 1989; or

 

 

 

(ii) has 2 years of experience in an age-appropriate social or recreational

 

 

program within the last 5 years, 1 of which was full-time in a patient or

 

 

resident activities program in a health care setting; or

 

 

 

(iii) is a qualified occupational therapist or occupational therapy

 

 

assistant.

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Massachusetts

 

 

The activities program shall be directed by a qualified professional

 

 

who:

 

 

 

(i) is a qualified therapeutic recreation specialist who is eligible for

 

 

certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist by a recognized

 

 

accrediting body

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Tiki,

 

Is that the requirements for each level? Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living (including memory care, right?), and Independent Living. I am showing my ignorance but I just do not know. I worked in IL before I got the job I have now. I was not certified when I was hired but now I am on that road...still have a few CEUs, I think....I am in AL now with memory care. I know in IL you do not have to have anything....or at least I did not. Is AL and Skilled Nursing about the same in the requirement?

 

Tiff

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Guest Tinki

No only for LTC - Most AL want to hire a AD certificated but it is not always a requirement. It really depends on the facility.

 

Hope this helps

 

Karen

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