Certification Standards

Certification Standards

Certification Standards

The NCTRC Certification Standards serve as the governing policies and procedures for all certification services and credentialing processes.

All candidates for NCTRC certification and established CTRS certificants are responsible for reading and understanding the NCTRC Certification Standards. The complete NCTRC Certification Standards are comprised of five sections or booklets, each containing information regarding specific areas of standards and application processes.

NCTRC may deny certification or recertification, revoke certification or recertification, or issue other sanctions when a candidate does not comply with any of the NCTRC Certification Standards. All alleged violations of the NCTRC Certification Standards must be submitted in writing to NCTRC in a timely manner.

The NCTRC Certification Standards are updated periodically. Candidates are responsible for making sure they have the most current information and that they meet the current standards when they apply for certification. Please read the NCTRC Certification Standards thoroughly. If you have any questions about the NCTRC certification process or the information contained in the NCTRC Certification Standards, please contact NCTRC at (845) 639-1439 or send an email to nctrc@NCTRC.org. NCTRC’s national office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. eastern time.

The complete NCTRC Certification Standards are composed of the following five sections or booklets. View and/or download specific sections:

Part I: Information for New Applicants

This booklet is from the complete NCTRC Certification Standards.This section focuses on the prerequisites for certification, eligibility requirements and exam information. View/Download PDF>

Part II: NCTRC Exam Information

This booklet is from the complete NCTRC Certification Standards. Materials include a focus on the prerequisites for certification and recertification, exam information, exam content outline, and exam references. View/Download PDF>

Part III: Recertification and Reentry

This booklet is from the complete NCTRC Certification Standards. Materials include a focus on the prerequisites for recertification, renewal, recertification and reentry. View/Download PDF>

Part IV: NCTRC Disciplinary Process

This booklet is from the complete NCTRC Certification Standards. Materials include a focus on the prerequisites for certification, grounds and sanctions for disciplinary violations, and the investigation process. View/Download PDF>

Part V: NCTRC Job Analysis

This booklet is from the complete NCTRC Certification Standards. Materials include a focus on the important job tasks and knowledge required for competent practice by the CTRS professional. View/Download PDF>