Exam Process & Fees

Exam Process & Fees

Exam Process for those who:

Beginning January 8, 2024, NCTRC transitioned from using exam windows to offering continuous testing through November 30, 2024. We are working with Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) to deliver the examination for the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS®) credential. The exam is delivered throughout the Pearson VUE network of test centers along with live remote proctoring.

DRC is a provider of candidate management services to ensure that candidates’ eligibilities, registrations, and published exams are in place and active when scheduled.

Pearson VUE provides its extensive footprint of secure testing centers and online testing with OnVue for administration of the CTRS exam.

Please contact NCTRC if you have any questions on the exam registration and scheduling processes.


Application Fees

Exam Registration Fee $325.00
New Application for Professional Eligibility $125.00
CTRS Reentry Fee $85.00
Recertification Fee $110.00
Exam Reschedule Fee $25.00

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 submitted by credit card, money order or cashier’s check in U.S. dollars made payable to NCTRC.