Professional Development

SCAPA and Education

One of SCAPA's main purposes is to provide quality education for the members. All education sessions offered at the state and district level  meet the requirements for continuing education toward certification or re-certification with NAAPCC or NCCAP. SCAPA is committed to offering the best education available. We also offer varied educational sessions to meet the needs of those working in all settings; from nursing homes to assisted living to independent living to Alzheimer care centers to adult day care and to senior centers. SCAPA has something for everyone!

Each of the districts offer free sessions throughout the year within the four areas of the state, to SCAPA members. Any member is welcome to attend these, even if it is held in a disrtict outside their own.

SCAPA hosts an annual three-day conference in March. There are 14 clock hours offered. For this conference, we bring in at least one national level speaker and often more. We offer 12 concurrent sessions on Thursday, in four time slots. This allows members to choose a topic that meets their needs and applies to their place of employment. We also hold our annual Awards banquet at this conference and use this time to honor outstanding professionals, volunteers, Administrators and supporters in the field. This is a great time to gain new knowledge as well as network with colleagues from throughout the state. This conference is in Myrtle Beach because of the better rates we can obtain there.

In the summer, SCAPA hosts a one-day workshop in the Columbia area, which is central to everyone. It is typically for 6 hours of  CE credit.

All education sessions meet the criteria for NAAPCC as well as NCCAP certification or re-certification. In addition, the annual conference is pre-approved for LTHCA hours.

If you have any particular educational needs, suggestions for a topic or suggestions for a speaker, please feel free to contact us. We are here to help you get the education you need.


SCAPA  offers scholarships for SCAPA members to attend the annual conference in March. One scholarship per district is awarded for each conference/workshop. SCAPA understands that everyone occasionally needs financial assistance to attend the conference and workshop. The scholarship covers the cost of the conference registration fees only. It does not cover hotel or other expenses. All information is kept confidential and the names of those awarded the scholarships are also kept in confidence. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please contact the Professional Development Chair.  Forms can also be printed at this site and are located under the "Forms and Scholarships" page. Deadlines for submitting the applications are on the forms.