What is IAPA?


Illinois Activity Professionals Association is a statewide organization providing educational and networking opportunities for Activity Professionals in the State of Illinois.


Who are you?


You are the activity professional! You are the lifeline that brings people quality to their life. We know a life without purposeful activity leads to boredom, hopelessness, helplessness, depression and decline of cognitive and physical abilities. What you do can stop and reverse these losses through involvement in life. By offering options of enjoyment, usefulness, relationship, and being part of a community. What you do is so important in assuring people have the opportunity to function at their fullest, physical, mental and social potential honoring their individuality through person centered programming. YOU give quality of life daily to each individual you serve. This is who you are.


Mission Statement 


 Through education and network, IAPA strives to:

  • Assist activity and other healthcare professionals  in acquiring and maintaining professional licenses and certifications.

  • Provide members the tools needed to develop meaningful programming for those we serve.

  • Prepare members to offer diverse program options to meet the needs of every individual by maintaining excellence in leisure programming.

The 2021 conference will be held  Wednesday October 6th through Friday October 8th at the Park Regency Hotel and Conference Center, Bloomington IL. For more information please contact Deb Greiner 773 744-8138

Our 2019 Conference

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Make a difference. Join a committee and contribute your time and talent to the important mission of IAPA.


IAPA is proud to offer six annual awards for Activity Professionals, Volunteers, and Administrators/Executive Directors.


IAPA offers voluntary profesional certification to both Illinois Activity Professionals and Consultants.


IAPA has representatives in six regions throughout the state. Each region consists of a number of local associations.

Why Join?


Discount on annual educational conference


Quarterly newsletter of up-to-date information and resources


Networking opportunities


Opportunity for certification


Annual recognition awards


Informative website

Quarterly Meetings

We value your input and opinion and all IAPA members are encouraged to attend Board meetings. We need those of you who are willing and able to help us set goals and stay on target for the future success and effectiveness of IAPA.

Next Board Meeting

April 30th at 9AM

Send an email for directions + information.