Information for Employers

Information for Employers

The employment of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) ensures the healthcare consumer’s receipt of professionally delivered recreational therapy services.

The CTRS is the qualified provider of Recreational Therapy Services

Certification by NCTRC demonstrates to the public and employers that the recreational therapist has passed the national certification exam and met the requirements for training, skills, and knowledge recognized as essential for recreational therapy practice. It is well documented that CTRSs increase both the effectiveness and efficiency of recreational therapy services in comparison to noncertified individuals, significantly contributing to the expected outcomes of the healthcare delivery system.

The Highest Level of Certification

In healthcare settings where professional credentials and training are the benchmarks of quality, the CTRS designation is recognized as the highest level of certification within recreational therapy, providing value-added services that include:

  • Recognition as a rehabilitative service covered by government regulatory agencies and third party payers
  • Extensive knowledge and skill-based training to enhance quality of care
  • Organized and team-oriented approach to delivery of care
  • Multi-functional and diversified skill base to reach a wider spectrum of consumers
  • Training in group-oriented processes to enhance cost effectiveness and efficiencies in service delivery
  • Ability to handle greater professional responsibilities and authority
  • Training and demonstrated abilities in core therapy skills including assessment, planning, implementation, documentation and evaluation.

Professional Dedication

The Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) exemplifies the profession’s dedication to quality standards and professional excellence. For decades, recreational therapy has been recognized as a valuable profession within healthcare and human services. There are over 19,000 professionals holding active, inactive, or eligible for re-entry certification status by NCTRC. As the demand for recreational therapy increases across the spectrum of healthcare, from acute care hospitals to community living settings, the certification of increasing numbers of recreational therapists will provide employers and consumers with access to their much needed professional services.


NCTRC has been continuously accredited for the past 20 years by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. NCCA is the most recognized accreditation organization in healthcare today and sets accreditation standards for national certifying agencies. Please review the NCCA web page if you would like to review the stringent national standards that NCTRC follows to maintain accreditation by NCCA.