Equivalency Path A

Equivalency Path A

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

Equivalency Path A (This path will be phased out effective July 1, 2021.)

  1. Completion of a Bachelor degree or higher
  2. Completion of specific coursework in recreational therapy (therapeutic recreation) and related areas
  3. Five (5) years full-time paid work experience in recreational therapy
  4. Successful completion of the NCTRC Certification Exam

Requirements

Academic Degree

The eligibility requirements to take the CTRS exam are a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university verified by an official transcript and 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 therapeutic recreation content.

  • 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 Coursework

Supportive courses to include a minimum of 24 semester hours or 32 quarter hours in the content areas of social sciences and humanities.

Experience in RT Practice

A minimum of five (5) years of full-time paid work experience in recreational therapy (therapeutic recreation) services that uses the recreational therapy process as defined by the current NCTRC Job Analysis.

Applicants who possess a graduate degree in recreational therapy need a minimum of three (3) years of full-time paid work experience in recreational therapy services that uses the recreational therapy process as defined by the current NCTRC Job Analysis.

Professional Eligibility Application

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