NCTRC Certification Exam

NCTRC Certification Exam

Successful completion of the NCTRC Certification Exam is a requirement of the CTRS credentialing application process. Applicants must establish Professional Eligibility in order to register for the exam. For a complete explanation of the exam application process please review the NCTRC Certification Standards.

Exam Registration

The NCTRC Certification Exam is only available to individuals who have established professional eligibility or who have current CTRS status.

About the Exam

The NCTRC examination is a 3 hour examination available in English, French-Canadian, and Spanish-Modern (Spanish for Latin Americas). During the administration of the examination, each candidate will be presented with an exam form consisting of 120 multiple choice questions with a mixture of both 3 and 4 option items. The test may not be reviewed once it has been exited.

Upon completion of the test, you will receive a score report indicating pass or fail.

To maximize your time and to assure that you do not exit the test in error before answering all of the questions, it is recommended that you attempt each question before reviewing marked questions. To ensure the valid development of the NCTRC exam program, a small number of items (17%) will be presented in order to gather performance statistics. These items will be non-scored, will not impact your test result and will be presented randomly within the test form.

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.