Equivalency Path B

Equivalency Path B

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

Equivalency Path B Overview

  1. Completion of 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


Academic Degree

The eligibility requirements to take the CTRS examination are a baccalaureate degree or higher from an
accredited college or university verified by an official transcript and include the following:

Professional Content Coursework

  • A minimum of 18 semester or 24 quarter hours of recreational therapy (therapeutic recreation) and general recreation content coursework with no less than a minimum of 15 semester or 20 quarter hours in recreational therapy (therapeutic recreation) content.
  • A minimum of five (5) courses in recreational therapy (therapeutic recreation) is required and each course must be a minimum of three (3) credit hours. Two (2) of the required recreational therapy (therapeutic recreation) courses may be taught by the applicant as a full-time educator.
  • Content specific recreational therapy (therapeutic recreation) 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.

Supportive Coursework

Supportive courses to include a total of 18 semester hours or 24 quarter hours of support coursework

  • A minimum of: (i) three (3) semester hours or four (4) quarter hours coursework in the content area of anatomy and physiology; (ii) three (3) semester hours or four (4) quarter hours coursework in the content area of abnormal psychology; and (iii) three (3) semester hours or four (4) quarter hours coursework in the content area of human growth and development across the lifespan.
  • The remaining semester hours or quarter hours of coursework must be fulfilled in the content areas of social sciences and humanities.

Experience in RT Practice

A minimum of one (1) year full-time, paid work experience in recreational therapy services that uses the
recreational therapy process as defined by the current NCTRC Job Analysis Job Skills, under the supervision
of a CTRS. Additional work requirements are as follows:

  • Required work experience in therapeutic recreation must occur in the 5 years before application.
  • Credit will not be given for administrative or consultant work, which does not include direct client experience.
  • One-year full-time experience is defined as a minimum of 1500 hours (excludes scheduled and unscheduled leave time) worked within a minimum of a full calendar year (52 weeks). The 1500 hour number is determined by calculating full-time as a minimum of 30 hours per week over 46 weeks. 46 weeks is determined by subtracting potential vacation, holiday and leave time from 52 weeks in a year.
  • A minimum of 30 hours per week will be considered full-time status. Part-time employment of no less than 20 hours per week will be pro-rated to full-time equivalent up to the minimum of 1500 hours of employment.
  • The supervisor must hold an active CTRS credential throughout the period of supervision. 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.
  • The CTRS supervisor must complete a formal evaluation provided by NCTRC.

Professional Eligibility Application

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