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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 practitioners 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, visit www.nctrc.org.

 

Licensure is a legal, non-voluntary process regulated by state government.  This means that in states that have RT licensure, you cannot practice without a license. Currently, five 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. 

 

 

 


STATES WITH LICENSURE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Office of Licensed Allied Health Professionals

New Hampshire law

 

New Jersey

New Jersey 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

 

 

 

 

 


LICENSURE Task Force

CHAIR

Cliff Burnham
cliff.burnham@uhsinc.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.

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