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Equivalency Path


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

Equivalency Path

  1. Completion of Bachelor degree or higher
  2. Completion of specific coursework in recreational therapy (therapeutic recreation) and related areas
  3. Paid work experience that uses the therapeutic recreation process
  4. Successful completion of the NCTRC Certification Exam

Requirements

1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university verified by an official transcript. An official transcript is a legal document issued by a university or college registrar that contains documentation of completed coursework and degree confirmation. The official transcript needs to contain the date of issue and the signature or seal of the registrar. NCTRC accepts both printed and electronic copies of an original academic transcript. However, electronic transcripts need to be sent directly to NCTRC from the registrar’s office. NCTRC does not accept photocopies or faxed copies of transcripts. Transcripts are not accepted if previously marked or altered in any manner. Please note that transcripts that cannot be matched with an application will be destroyed.

2. Therapeutic Recreation Content Courses: A minimum of 18 semester or 24 quarter credit hours of Recreation Therapy/Therapeutic Recreation (RT/RT) content coursework. A minimum of six (6) courses in RT/TR is required. Two (2) of the required RT/TR courses may be taught by the applicant as an educator in a college/university/academic program. Educators may not enroll in their own courses to meet certification requirements.

3. Supportive Courses: A total of 18 semester hours or 24 quarter hours of support coursework with 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.

4. Professional Experience
a. A minimum of 5000 hours of paid work experience that uses the TR process, or
b. A minimum of 1500 hours of paid work experience that uses the TR process, under the supervision of a CTRS for at least 1 hour for every 10 hours worked each week. The supervisor must hold an active CTRS credential throughout the period of supervision. While onsite or direct supervision is strongly encouraged, NCTRC recognizes there may be applicants who are unable to receive onsite supervision with a CTRS. With current technology, there may be alternative effective models of supervision.

5. Applicants who hold Professional Eligibility via the Equivalency Path will be awarded the CTRS credential after receiving a passing score on the CTRS exam.

Professional Eligibility Application

Online Submission