Vision, Mission & Goals

Vision, Mission & Goals


– To be publicly recognized as the largest international body of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists to provide recreational therapy services
– To have premier recognition status among consumers, employers, and regulators
– To use research and technology to enhance the certification exam program and the critical functions of the Council
– To establish a viable and effective organizational marketing program and promote the validity and value of the credential
– To enhance opportunities for research and serve as a repository of information pertaining to credentialing opportunities within therapeutic recreation

To achieve this Vision NCTRC

        • Establishes the value and worth of the CTRS credential
        • Ensures practice-based certification standards
        • Maintains an effective and technologically advanced exam program
        • Promotes legal recognition of the CTRS credential
        • Increases the number of new applicants for NCTRC certification
        • Increases recertification retention
        • Ensures fiscal responsibility


To protect the consumer of therapeutic recreation services by promoting the provision of quality therapeutic recreation services by NCTRC certificants.

To achieve this Mission NCTRC

        • Develops standards for certification
        • Establishes standards of conduct and applies a disciplinary process
        • Conducts entry, recertification, and reentry testing
        • Maintains an up-to-date job analysis
        • Liaisons with professional organizations with regards to standards of practice
        • Verifies certification for employers
        • Conducts research and development
        • Provides recertification and reentry
        • Liaisons with educators to provide information and develop opportunities for student acquisition of education and experience necessary for certification
        • Provides information to the public regarding standards, disciplinary processes, and certification


NCTRC Current Strategic Goals

        • Ensure practice-based certification standards
        • Increase the number of CTRS Certificants
        • Increase recertification retention
        • Maintain an effective and technological advanced exam program
        • Advance specialty certification programs
        • Expand international market
        • Promote legal recognition of the CTRS credential
        • Maintain fiscal stability, responsibility, and growth
        • Explore new certification programs and alliances