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Certification & Licensure

Credentialing is the process by which an agency grants recognition of compliance to recognized standards to individuals who have met stated qualifications. Credentialing programs develop when there is a need to define entry standards and assure compliance with these standards to protect the public, assist employers, and increase the credibility of the discipline.

 

It is highly encouraged that Recreational Therapy (RT) professionals undergo the voluntary process of national credentialing. In fact, you will find that many employers will not hire practioners who have not obtained national certification (or in the case of new graduates, individuals who are in the process of obtaining certification). Certification in RT is administered by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification® (NCTRC®). For more information on certification, please follow this link to NCTRC.

 

Licensure is a legal non-voluntary process regulated by state government.  This means that in states that have RT  licensure, you can not practice without a license. Currently, four states have RT/TR licensure laws and other states are in the process of creating legislation to achieve licensure in their state. For more information on the national effort to achieve RT  licensure, consult the Joint Task Force for Recreational Therapy Licensure. 

 

In addition to licensure, states may regulate the practice of RT  in other ways; California has Title Protection and Washington has Registration. It is important that all practitioners in regulated states understand the laws governing RT practice. Please follow the links below to the offices that administer state level licensure, registration, and title protection.

 


STATES WITH LICENSURE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Office of Licensed Allied Health Professionals

New Hampshire law

NORTH CAROLINA

Board of Recreational Therapy Licensure

North Carolina law

 

OKLAHOMA

Medical Board

Oklahoma law

 

UTAH

Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing 

Utah law  

 


STATES WITH OTHER REGULATIONS

CALIFORNIA

California Title Protection  (scroll to Section 17505.2);  
California Board or Recreation and Park Certification


WASHINGTON

Washington Registration

 


LICENSURE Task Force

CHAIR

Debbie Robinson
debbie@gndhome.com

 

DIRECTION STATEMENT FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Promote licensure of qualified recreational therapists throughout the United States

 

TASKS

Identify future leader for succession planning.  Advocate for licensure of RT’s in all states.

BOARD LIAISON

Dawn De Vries
Pastpres@atra-online.com

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