Saint Paul College
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Activity Director Course ONLINE - # 21-0315CTAC – ONLINE
Overview: This Activity Director course is designed to give the student the training and insight in working with the activity and social service programs in nursing homes.  

Details: Activity Directors are responsible for planning and developing successful activity programs. They are also in charge of creating a social environment in which participants can interact with others.  Most of the time, activity directors promote and organize activities to encourage social interaction. They also oversee and secure transportation requirements for the activities, as well as actively participate in staff meetings to monitor budget expenses and stay within company guidelines. Activity directors take a hands-on approach when providing services and make sure all activity participants are satisfied during events. They also must ensure all activities respect the diverse cultures, ability levels, and needs of participants. In addition, activity directors motivate and supervise staff, so they get involved in activities in a way that respects safety, privacy, and organizational rules. They must be proficient with basic computer software to communicate with fellow staff and participants about activities and respond to email inquiries. Activity directors maintain excellent working relationships with other departments within their organization to ensure participants' satisfaction as well.  Some states require an Activity Director to be nationally certified. Others have no requirements. Be sure to check with your facility to find out what they require for an Activity Director position. Additionally, potential activity directors must possess strong interpersonal skills, pay strong attention to detail, and be highly organized and results oriented. They must display leadership skills and be able to work well in a team environment and independently.
This Activity Director course consists of 45 clock hours.

Other Names for this Position:
  • Activity Assistant
  • Activity Manager
  • Activity Supervisor
  • Director of Activities
  • Activities Director
  • Activity Leader
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Recreation Worker
  • Recreation Leader
  • Activity Specialist
Some Activity Director Tasks:
  • Plan, organize, and lead activities for groups or recreation centers.
  • Explain the rules of activities and instruct participants at a variety of skill levels.
  • Enforce safety rules to prevent injury.
  • Modify activities to suit the needs of specific groups, such as seniors.
  • Administer basic first aid if needed.
  • Organize and set up the equipment that is used in recreational activities.
Activity Director jobs are on the rise! Employment of Activity Directors is projected to grow 10 percent by 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Certification: Upon successful completion of the Activity Director class, students will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Hardware Requirements:
  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
Software Requirements:
  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. (free)
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  1. There are no prerequisites.
Cindy Gaschler