Therapeutic Recreation Certification Requirements

The exam is completed on the computer at a testing center. There are 90 questions and you have 86 minutes to complete it. After the 90 questions are completed, you’ll be notified on your computer screen of a pass or fail grade or you will be issued 15 additional questions to be completed in 14 minutes.

In order to sit for the exam, you need to meet the exam requirements and submit your application with your examination fee. Once your application is accepted you will receive a letter from the testing company. At this point you can schedule the date, time and place of your exam.

On the day of your exam, make sure to arrive to the testing site at least 30 minutes before you are scheduled to start taking your test. Make sure you have a valid, government issued ID with you. You’ll be required to lock all of your personal belongings in a locker before proceeding to your computer.

A passing grade of the CTRS exam is the final step in becoming a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. To get to this point, there are certain requirements that need to be met by taking one of three paths:

First path: Academics & Internship

This is done by completing the required amount of credit hours plus 480 hours of field placement. Resulting in a bachelor’s degree (or higher) with a major of therapeutic recreation, leisure or recreation with an option in therapeutic recreation. The degree must be from an accredited college or university.

Second path: Academics & Work Experience

This is done by completing the required amount of credit hours to earn a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university. In addition to this, a minimum of 5 years paid in the therapeutic recreation field (defined by NCTRC Job Analysis)

Third path: Academics & Work Experience Supervised by a CTRS

Again, this is done by completing the required amount of credit hours to earn a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university. In addition to this, a minimum of 1 year, full-time paid employment is required under the supervision of a CTRS (again, defined by NCTRC Job Analysis).

 

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