CTRS Recertification

CTRS Recertification

CTRS Recertification

Each CTRS is required to recertify every five years in order to demonstrate their continuing professional knowledge and competence. The recertification application and fee are due by the expiration date posted at MY NCTRC LOGIN.

Requirements & Standards

For detailed information on recertification requirements, download and review:
NCTRC Certification Standards: Part III: Recertification and Reentry (PDF)



In order to meet the requirements for continued certification, the CTRS must choose one of the following two options to recertify:

Option 1

Work Experience and Continuing Education

• 480 hours of professional work experience in
therapeutic recreation


• Minimum 50 hours of continuing education
credit related to the NCTRC Job Analysis

Download Application

Option 2

Pass the National Certification Exam

• Download/Submit Exam Registration Form

Exams available for recertification:

May Exam: for the June 30th expiration date

November Exam for the December 31st
expiration date


Application & Payment

Choose your method of application and payment:

1. Online: Go to MY NCTRC LOGIN to complete the digital version application and submit payment online.
2. Download: Recertification Application (PDF).
Print, complete and send with payment via postal mail, email, or fax.

Recertification Fees

The fee for the CTRS Recertification is $25.00 plus the Annual Maintenance Fee of $80.00.
Additional fees may be required depending upon the recertification option selected above. Please review the following list to determine the appropriate fee for recertification.

CTRS Recertification Fee (non-refundable) $25.00
CTRS Annual Maintenance Fee $80.00
Exam Registration Fee $325.00
Exam Reschedule Fee $25.00
CTRS Reinstatement Fee  $25.00
Continuing Education Approval Process Review fee $35.00

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.