Individuals who held active CTRS certification for five years but did not recertify within the specified time frame can pass the national exam to regain the CTRS credential. The Reentry period extends for two-years immediately following the five-year active certification cycle.
Requirements & Standards
For detailed information on reentry requirements, download and review:
NCTRC Certification Standards: Part III: Recertification and Reentry (PDF)
Reentry is a process for certain individuals whose certification has recently expired, and who may qualify for eligibility to take the NCTRC CTRS certification examination without needing to meet the current educational and experiential requirements for initial certification. Reentry certification eligibility is limited to only those candidates who were CTRS certified within two years prior to their application for reentry.
Application & Deadlines
All qualified reentry applicants must submit a completed Exam Registration Application (PDF) along with the appropriate fees.
Exam Registration forms for CTRSs completing the exam for Reentry are accepted throughout the year. However, there are deadlines for the specific exams given each year. The NCTRC Exam is offered six times throughout the year utilizing a two-week testing window for each exam administration. The following list provides the scheduled application windows for test administrations:
|Exam||Application Submission Window|
|January exam||September 6 – November 5|
|March exam||November 6 – January 5|
|May exam||January 6 – March 5|
|July exam||March 6 – May 5|
|September exam||May 6 – July 5|
|November exam||July 6 – September 5|
Your cooperation with NCTRC deadlines is appreciated. If you wish to verify the date NCTRC received your
application, please send the application by certified mail with return-receipt requested. If your application is incomplete it will be returned to you and your requested test date may be postponed until the next available test period.
The fee for the CTRS Reentry is $80.00 plus an Exam Registration Fee of $325.00.
Additional fees may be required depending upon specific circumstances. Please review the following list to
determine the appropriate fee for reentry.
|CTRS Reentry Fee||$80.00|
|Exam Registration Fee||$325.00|
|Exam Reschedule Fee||$25.00|
|CTRS Annual Maintenance Fee||$80.00|
|CTRS Reinstatement Fee|
|• for first year of inactivity||$25.00|
|• for years 2-5 of inactivity||$50.00|
The required fees must accompany each NCTRC application or the application will be returned. All fees must be in U.S. dollars. If an individual resides outside of the U.S., the fees must be sent by credit card, money order or cashier’s check in U.S. dollars made payable to NCTRC. All certification review fees paid to NCTRC are non-refundable, regardless of review decision or withdrawal of the application during the review process.