- Welcome to ATRA
- What is RT/TR?
- Policy & Legislation
- Job & Internship Opportunities
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 RT/TR 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/TR 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/TR 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/TR licensure, consult the Joint Task Force for Recreational Therapy Licensure.
In addition to licensure, states may regulate the practice of RT/TR 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/TR practice. Please follow the links below to the offices that administer state level licensure, registration, and title protection.
To learn more about certification and licensure, view the following webinars: