American Therapeutic Recreation Association


Academic Accreditation - CARTE

Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CARTE)

The Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CARTE), an organization created to develop minimal quality standards for accrediting university education programs in the field, was established in 2010 and is sponsored by ATRA.  CARTE is an approved accreditation program under the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

CARTE and ATRA entered into a ten-year contract from 2013-2022 in an effort to stabilize and standardize higher education program accreditation specifically for the field.

The mission of CARTE is to promote the highest levels of professional competence of  recreational therapists through:

  • The development and promotion of professional preparation standards;
  • The encouragement of excellence in educational program development; and
  • The accreditation of recreational therapy professional preparation programs.

CARTE Board Nominations Now Being Accepted

The Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CARTE) is currently solicitating applicants for the following opportunities to service as board members:

  • Student - 1 year term (one position)
  • Recreational Therapist Pracitioner - 3 year term (two positions)
  • Recreational Therapy Employer - 3 year term (one position)
  • Professional Educator - 3 year term (one position)

Interested individuals need to submit their applications by April 1, 2016.

Read the official announcement for qualifications, criteria, and nomination procedures.

For more information, consult the CAAHEP website.

To learn more about CARTE consider replaying the following webinars (CEU credit available): 

  • Replay 2011 Series A: Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education: An Accreditation Primer for Educators and Practitioners
  • Replay 2013 Session D2: Update from CARTE