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.
- Completion of Bachelor degree or higher
- Completion of specific coursework in recreational therapy (therapeutic recreation) and related areas
- Paid work experience that uses the therapeutic recreation process
- Successful completion of the NCTRC Certification Exam
The eligibility requirements to take the CTRS examination are a baccalaureate degree or higher from an
accredited college or university verified by an official transcript and include the following:
Professional Content Coursework
- A minimum of 18 semester or 24 quarter hours of recreational therapy (therapeutic recreation) and general recreation content coursework with no less than a minimum of 15 semester or 20 quarter hours in recreational therapy (therapeutic recreation) content.
- A minimum of five (5) courses in recreational therapy (therapeutic recreation) is required and each course must be a minimum of three (3) credit hours. Two (2) of the required recreational therapy (therapeutic recreation) courses may be taught by the applicant as a full-time educator.
Supportive courses to include a total of 18 semester hours or 24 quarter hours of support coursework
- 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.
Experience in RT Practice
- A minimum of 5000 hours of paid work experience that uses the TR process, or
- 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. 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.