Paths to Certification

Paths to Certification

Paths to Certification

NCTRC provides two primary methods for applicants to obtain professional eligibility to sit for the certification exam and acquire the CTRS credential.

Choose Your Path to Certification

Please review the summaries of the Academic Path and the Equivalency Paths below to determine the best method to apply for professional eligibility. It is highly recommended that potential applicants review each path in detail because of subtle differences among the paths. Once a specific path is selected all required components must be met to gain NCTRC professional eligibility.

ACADEMIC PATH

The Academic Path is designed for the traditional academic graduate. The steps include:

1. Completion of Bachelor degree or
    higher with concentration in
    Recreational Therapy
    (Therapeutic Recreation)

2. Completion of a minimum 14 week / 560
    hour internship supervised by a CTRS

3. Successful completion of the NCTRC
    Certification Exam

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EQUIVALENCY PATHS

Equivalency paths are designed for applicants who have accomplished extensive work in RT in combination with designated coursework to meet the NCTRC Certification Standards:


PATH A

1. Completion of a Bachelor degree or higher

2. Completion of specific coursework in
    Recreational Therapy (Therapeutic
    Recreation) and related areas

3. Five (5) years full-time paid work experience
    in Recreational Therapy (Therapeutic Recreation)

4. Successful completion of the NCTRC
    Certification Exam

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PATH B

1. Completion of a Bachelor degree or higher

2. Completion of specific coursework in
    Recreational Therapy (Therapeutic Recreation)
    and related areas

3. One (1) year full-time paid work experience in
    Recreational Therapy (Therapeutic Recreation)
    under the supervision of a CTRS

4. Successful completion of the NCTRC
    Certification Exam

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