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NCTRC Certification Standards Change

The NCTRC Board of Directors continually monitors data related to recreational therapy practice, healthcare trends, the applicants’ academic preparation and professional experience, and modifies the NCTRC Certification Standards accordingly. In doing so, the Board ensures the NCTRC Certification Standards remain relevant with current professional practice and in compliance with the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting organization of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). As a result of the Board’s efforts, there are several changes related to the NCTRC Certification Standards and Interpretive Guidelines. Some of the changes will take effect immediately and others will go into effect January 1, 2022.

Standards and Interpretive Guidelines Changes

The following standards change to the NCTRC Certification Standards has been approved by the Board of Directors for entry level professional eligibility:

Content Course Change – Increase in Therapeutic Recreation Content Course Requirements

Effective January 1, 2022; all applications submitted on or after January 1, 2022 will be required to meet the new standard. The standard pertaining to the required number of therapeutic recreation content courses will read as follows:

Academic Path
“A minimum of 18 semester or 24 quarter credit hours of RT/TR content coursework. A minimum of six (6) courses in RT/TR is required and each course must be a minimum of three (3) credit hours. Two (2) of the required RT/TR courses may be taught by the applicant as a full-time educator.

Content specific RT/TR coursework is recommended as part of the NCTRC professional eligibility requirements. Specific course content in the following areas: a) Assessment; b) TR Process; and c) Advancement of the Profession is highly recommended but not required for eligibility.”

Equivalency Path A & B
“A minimum of 18 semester or 24 quarter credit hours of RT/TR content coursework. A minimum of six (6) courses in RT/TR is required and each course must be a minimum of three (3) credit hours. Two (2) of the required RT/TR courses may be taught by the applicant as a full-time educator.

Content specific RT/TR coursework is recommended as part of the NCTRC professional eligibility requirements. Specific course content in the following areas: a) Assessment; b) TR Process; and c) Advancement of the Profession is highly recommended but not required for eligibility.”

The following interpretive guidelines change to the NCTRC Certification Standards has been approved by the Board of Directors for entry level professional eligibility:
Equivalency Path B Work Experience Requirements – Modification in CTRS supervision requirements

Effective Immediately; the interpretive guideline pertaining to Equivalency Path B Work Requirements will read as follows:

Work Experience Requirements for Equivalency Path B
The supervisor must hold an active CTRS credential throughout the period of supervision and the supervisor may be either: Employed on-site with direct supervisory responsibility for the applicant (direct supervisory responsibilities refer to having primary responsibility for the applicant’s performance evaluation, clinical and/or managerial supervision); or a preceptor or consultant to the agency and applicant. The preceptor/consultant must provide on-site supervision of the applicant for a minimum of one hour for every 10 hours of the applicant’s employment for a minimum of 150 hours within the calendar year of supervision. Supervision must include direct observation of practice as well as supervisory meetings. While onsite or direct supervision is strongly encouraged, NCTRC recognizes there may be applicants who are unable to receive onsite supervision with a CTRS. With current technology, there may be alternative effective models of supervision.

Academic Major Interpretive Guidelines – Addition of Acceptable Academic Major

Effective Immediately; the interpretive guideline pertaining to Academic Major will read as follows:

Academic Major: NCTRC will only accept a degree and major as officially written on the academic transcript. Only the following officially designated majors appearing on the transcript will be accepted for academic path applications: (a) therapeutic recreation (recreation therapy); (b) recreation or leisure with an option in therapeutic recreation; (c) therapeutic recreation, recreation, or leisure in combination with other fields of study (e.g., Therapeutic Recreation and Health Studies; Recreation and Sport Management; Leisure and Tourism); and (d) a major in another field of study with a concentration/emphasis/sub-plan/option in recreation therapy/therapeutic recreation.


CTRSs to Celebrate Therapeutic Recreation Month: February 2018

The purpose of Therapeutic Recreation Month is to enhance public awareness of therapeutic recreation programs and recreational therapy services, promote inclusive recreation opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and recognize the CTRS as the qualified provider of RT services.

NCTRC offers an array of promotional materials for use at your agency during TR Month or any other time, to help promote the CTRS credential and recreational therapy services. All NCTRC promotional materials can be downloaded in PDF format from the NCTRC website or you can contact NCTRC if you would like multiple copies of a specific brochure.

During TR Month, CTRSs and their agencies will host a series of lectures and presentations, career days, adaptive sport events, workshops, receptions, information booths, and open houses. Proclamations, press releases, articles and public service announcements are also great ways to enhance the awareness of the CTRS credential during Therapeutic Recreation Month. The American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) and the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association (CTRA) offer promotional items at their respective websites to enhance the TR Month celebration.


Internship Thanks

NCTRC extends its deepest appreciation to CTRSs who serve as internship supervisors. The internship supervisor has an extremely important role in the development of new TR professionals and potential CTRSs. The academic internship is a very valuable and important part of the professional preparation process and we deeply appreciate your involvement.

NCTRC has several resources that may be of assistance to students during their internship and application for certification. If you would like to receive a copy of a marketing packet specifically related to the internship experience, please contact NCTRC by phone or email and we will gladly send one to you. Additionally, these resources and other items of interest pertaining to the NCTRC credentialing program are available directly from our website www.nctrc.org.

Just a reminder that as an agency CTRS internship supervisor, you can receive continuing education credit towards your recertification. For additional information, please review the Guidelines for Continuing Education for NCTRC Internship Supervision and the NCTRC Internship Supervision Continuing Education Form.


March Annual Maintenance Reminder

The March 2018 renewal cycle is now in effect. NCTRC will notify CTRSs of their pending renewal date by email or postcard. Certificants can complete the CTRS renewal process on-line by using MY NCTRC LOGIN via our new updated secure application online portal. Please be sure to update your current contact information with NCTRC.


NCTRC Loves to Get Your Phone Calls

NCTRC receives many calls each day and our number one goal is to help every person who contacts us and leaves a message. There are times that individuals call and leave messages without a contact number or name for us to return the call. NCTRC is asking that when you call and leave a message, please start by speaking slowly and clearly beginning with your name, contact number and reason for your call. NCTRC will return calls within one business day. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we strive to serve you better.


NCTRC Annual Board Meeting

The NCTRC Board of Directors will conduct the NCTRC Annual Meeting on April 23-25, 2018 in New City, NY. Newly elected Board Members and recently appointed Standing Committee members will begin their three-year terms commencing with the annual meeting.

Thank you for your continued support of NCTRC and the CTRS credential!