it is time for me to recertify, what do I need to send in?
will notify each certificant approximately 60 days before
the end of the five-year certification cycle. Recertification
applications may be submitted no earlier than 12 months prior
to the certification due date (either May 1 or November 1)
and no later than the expiration date (either June 30 or December
31). Please do not send records of continuing education
to NCTRC unless you are requested to do so as part of the
audit process. Upon receipt of the recertification
application, NCTRC will select at random a percentage of applications
for audit. Certificants who are selected for audit will be
directly notified by NCTRC via postal mail. Certificants will
have 30 days to submit their continuing education materials
for the audit process. Failure to submit the continuing education
materials in a timely manner will result in a denial of recertification.
If you are not selected for audit, you will not need to submit
your continuing education documents.
many CEU's do I need to complete for my recertification?
NCTRC requires completion of 50
hours of continuing education (it does not have to be awarded
in CEU credit) over the five year certification cycle.
Does NCTRC track my continuing education hours?
NCTRC does not track continuing education hours, including CEU's. A certificate or transcript must be acquired and maintained by the certificant, for future submission on the Recertification due date.
I have received a reminder for the NCTRC exam. Does this mean I am required to take it?
NCTRC sends reminders as a courtesy. Please disregard the reminder if it does not pertain to your situation.
Do I need to work full-time in TR to meet the recertification requirements?
Full-time work experience in TR
is not necessary to complete the recertification requirements.
Along with the 50 hours of continuing education, a CTRS must
have 480 hours of TR work experience to meet recertification
requirements. There is not a specific hour requirement each
do I know if the continuing education I have taken for my
recertification is going to be accepted by NCTRC?
does not preapprove continuing education. In other words,
until a CTRS submits official documentation of continuing
education as part of the recertification audit, a formal review
of the continuing education cannot occur. However, the Recertification
standards provide the guidance you are seeking. The standards
require that a CTRS must submit an official document (not
a copy) of continuing education credit which indicates your
name, attendance date (which must be within your 5 year cycle),
title of the course or program and contact hours (it does
not have to awarded in CEU credit). If the CTRS is unable
to obtain such a document, then the sponsor or instructor
of the program must provide a written statement including
all the necessary information mentioned above, on agency letterhead.
title of the course or program, as listed on the official
document, is critical to whether it can be utilized toward
NCTRC Recertification. The title must relate to one of the
Job Analysis Knowledge Area Items. In order to match the title
with the Items, the title must be clear and reflective of
the program. If it is not, you will need to obtain the program
brochure to submit with the document. You will need to review
the Job Analysis Knowledge Areas in its entirety. You can
access the Knowledge Areas on our website or by contacting
our office. An example of matching the information would be
if you attended a workshop titled "Understanding Alzheimer's
Disease and its symptoms." This topic can be applied under
The Job Analysis Knowledge Area, Foundational Knowledge (FKW),
where Item #9 "Cognition and related impairments (e.g., dementia,
…) shows a match.
Which continuing education sessions will not be accepted toward recertification?
Certain continuing education will not be accepted toward NCTRC Recertification. This includes CPR, First Aid, Infectious Disease Control, Life Saving, and Activity or other Skill courses. Activity courses refers to a program which is primarily teaching you how to perform a certain activity (Examples include Gardening workshop, Adapted waterskiing, Arts & Crafts, and computer software classes). Such courses are not considered related to the Job Analysis Knowledge Areas and are not reflective of continued professional competence unique to therapeutic recreation.
The final option for being assured that your continuing education credit will count toward NCTRC Recertification is to submit the application early. NCTRC accepts Recertification applications up to 12 months prior to the end of your five year cycle. If you submit even 6 months early, you will be notified if you have not met the requirements, and you can then earn additional continuing education credit and submit a second application before your certification expires.
Can I complete continuing education hours that are offered online, through correspondence or teleconference methods?
Yes, NCTRC will accept continuing education that is provided in alternative methods as long as the education meets the Recertification Requirements as outlined in the NCTRC Standards.
What option do I have if I do not have enough continuing education and work experience before the end of my five year certification cycle?
CTRSs can register and take the last scheduled exam prior to their recertification expiration date to meet recertification requirements.
How can I regain my certification if I am not working for a few years and my certification expires?
NCTRC's Reentry Program is designed for individuals whose certification recently expired. Individuals may register to take the NCTRC CTRS certification examination, without needing to meet the current educational and experiential requirements for initial certification. Reentry certification eligibility is for candidates who were CTRS certified within two years prior to their application for reentry; and who apply for reentry eligibility to take a CTRS certification examination that is scheduled to be administered within the two years immediately following expiration of their CTRS certification.
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