American Therapeutic Recreation Association

What is RT/TR?

National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC)

Established in 1981, the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification® (NCTRC®) is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to professional excellence for the protection of consumers through the certification of recreational therapists. Professional recognition is granted by NCTRC to individuals who apply and meet established standards for certification, including education, experience, and continuing professional development. The Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist® (CTRS®) credential is offered to qualified individuals based on these stringent requirements. In addition to the CTRS credential NCTRC also offers specialty certification in five distinct areas of professional practice.
NCTRC supports quality human service and health care standards and maintains recognition by the Joint Commission and the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). NCTRC provides credential verification services to employers and health care agencies. These services are strongly encouraged by NCTRC to monitor personnel adherence to the standards of the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. 

NCTRC is a charter member organization of the Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE), formerly known as National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). NCTRC is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). 

The CTRS credential is used to inform the public, consumers of health care services, and employers that the RT professional is a qualified provider of recreational therapy services.

For additional information please contact:

National Council for Therapeutic Recreation
7 Elmwood Drive
New City, NY  10956
Tel: 845-639-1439
Fax: 845-639-1471