FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions:

New Applicants
Exam
CTRAC Recertification

NEW APPLICANTS

How does one become certified

To be awarded CTRAC’s  credentials, the candidate must meet the eligibility requirements and pass a knowledge-based exam. When the candidate is awarded this credential, it serves as evidence that the individual, through knowledge and experience, has met CTRAC’s Certification Standards.

Candidates are eligible to register for the CTRAC certification exam if they are in compliance with CTRAC’s Certification Standards, including the Prerequisites, and they have been found by CTRAC to meet all professional eligibility requirements through either the academic or equivalency path.

What requirements do I need to complete for an acceptable internship/or practicum?

You will need to complete the following:

Activity Director

  • The CTRAC Education Courses for Activity Professionals Part I and II is 192 hours of educational learning and 192 hours of experiential learning (practicum), and is required for CTRAC certification.  The course content is divided into 2 teaching portions of 96 hours each.
    • CTRAC Education Course for Activity Professionals Part I prepares students for the basic functions and duties of an activity professional; to design, deliver, and evaluate services for older adults across the continuum of care.
    • CTRAC Education Course for Activity Professionals Part II prepares students to apply principles of management in their role as activity professionals:  to provide service through leadership, using principles of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling.
  • Study under the supervision of an on-site field placement supervisor who is CTRAC, NCTRC or NCCAP approved/ or certified.  Your primary supervisor must be employed full time and work a minimum of 32 hours a week.

Therapeutic Recreation Associate

  • All courses must deal exclusively with therapeutic recreation content
  • You will need to complete a minimum 400-hour, (12) consecutive week internship in therapeutic recreation services that uses the therapeutic recreation process.
  • Study under the supervision of an on-site field placement supervisor who is CTRAC or NCTRC certified.
  • Your primary supervisor must be employed full time and work a minimum of 32 hours a week at the agency with at least 50% of the job duties in Therapeutic Recreation services.

Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

  • All courses must deal exclusively with therapeutic recreation content
  • You will need to complete a minimum 480-hour, (12) consecutive week internship in therapeutic recreation services that uses the therapeutic recreation process.
  • Study under the supervision of an on-site field placement supervisor who is CTRAC or NCTRC certified.
  • Your primary supervisor must be employed full time and work a minimum of 32 hours a week at the agency with at least 50% of the job duties in Therapeutic Recreation services.

Can I apply while awaiting degree/or completion confirmation or internship/or practicum in progress?

Yes, you may apply for professional eligibility review after completion of the following conditions:

  • Enrollment in a degree/or completion program pertaining to Therapeutic Recreation/Recreation Therapy/or Activity Director as defined by the current CTRAC standards.
  • Completion of a minimum of 90 credit hours toward degree attainment. (TR applicants)
  • Completion of all required coursework other than the field placement requirement, as defined by the current CTRAC standards.
  • Submission of an official academic transcript denoting the completion of the above requirements.

Applicants completing this option of the Academic Path application process will be awarded CTRAC certification and the assigned certificate upon demonstration of the following:

  • Successful completion the CTRAC  exam.
  • Completion of a field placement experience in accordance with CTRAC  Standards.
  • Academic degree attainment as documented by an official academic transcript.
  • Verification of completion of field placement/or internship

Can my official transcripts be sent separate from my application? Transcripts must accompany your application.  Each transcript must include registrar signature and seal to be considered official.

Do I need to send transcripts from every college I attended, even if the credits were transferred into the college I graduated from?
Yes, transcripts from all colleges/universities must be included. The only guarantee that all your coursework will be reviewed is to make sure every transcript is submitted with your application.

How long will it take to find out if I am approved to take the CTRAC exam?
You will receive notification of your exam application status within a week of being reviewed.

What is the cost to apply and take the CTRAC Exam as a New Applicant?
The current fee is $50

What is the fee for an insufficient check?

If your check is returned for insufficient funds, an additional fee will be charged of $40.00

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EXAM

When do I need to apply to take the CTRAC exam?

Applications are accepted throughout the year; however, there are deadlines for filing applications before each exam. Upcoming deadlines include:

  • November 1st for the Winter exam date.
  • March 1st for the Spring exam date.
  • May 1st for the Summer exam date.
  • September 1st for the Fall exam date.

When do I receive my exam score?
You will receive your results within 6-8 weeks after taking the exam.

What is the CTRAC Exam fee?

The current fee is $50.00.

If I take and pass the CTRAC exam and become certified, may I begin to earn continuing education credit toward Recertification?

Yes. You may begin to earn continuing education hours for your 2 year certification cycle once you have successfully completed the exam for certification.

If I pass the exam, when do I receive my certificate?

If an applicant passes the exam with a 70 or above; certificates will be mailed after the applicants check clears.

What is the fee for an insufficient check?

If your check is returned for insufficient funds, an additional fee will be charged of $40.00

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RECERTIFICATION

When it is time for me to recertify, what do I need to send in?

You will need to send in the following:

  • Recertification application
  • 2.0 CEU’s or 20 contact hours (documents must accompany your application)
  • Recertification fee

If my certificate expires 07/01/11…When do I need to send in my recertification information?

Individuals that are applying for recertification are required to submit their application by the scheduled deadline.

RE CERTIFICATION APPLICATION & FEE DEADLINES
MARCH 1st MAY 1st
SEPTEMBER 1st NOVEMBER 1st

How many CEU’s do I need to complete for my recertification?

CTRAC requires completion of 2.0 continuing education units or 20 contact hours over the two year certification cycle.

Additional Requirements for Activity Directors:

Applicant MUST within four (4) years of passing the exam, complete six (6) semester hours of CTRAC approved courses dealing exclusively with Therapeutic Recreation Introduction, Theory and Practice.

Does CTRAC track my continuing education hours?

CTRAC does not track continuing education/or contact hours.  A certificate or transcript must be acquired and maintained by the certificate holder, for future submission on the Recertification due date.

Do I need to work full-time in TR/or Activities to meet the recertification requirements?

  • You must be employed full-time in a Therapeutic Recreation/Activities setting OR
  • Have completed 100 hours of paid or volunteer experience in a Therapeutic Recreation/Activities setting (in the last 2 years) OR
  • Be retired from the profession. (65 years of age or older)

How do I know if the continuing education/or contact hours I have taken for my recertification is going to be accepted by CTRAC?

All applicants for re-certification must submit documentation verifying the completion of 2.0 continuing education units (CEU’s) or 20 contact hours from a certified and/or CTRAC approved educational source. In addition all 2.0 CEU’s (20 contact hours) MUST correspond to one of the areas of the CTRAC Body of Knowledge: Advancement of the Therapeutic Recreation/Activities Professions, Human Development, Documentation, Special populations, Programming, management and Leadership, and Treatment Modalities www.ctractexas.org and must have been completed during the last two year period.

The Credential Review Panel will review and either accept or deny credit for the 2.0 continuing education units (CEU’s) (20 contact hours) submitted based on the following guidelines.

  • CEU’s must come from at least four areas of the Body of Knowledge;
  • Education mandated by one’s facility can be counted for no more than .5 CEU’s (5 contact hours) Mandatory classes will be accepted for one recertification cycle ONLY.
  • Online courses specially related to Therapeutic Recreation/Activity Services are limited to no more than 1.0 CEU’s (10 contact hours)
  • Foreign and sign language courses are limited to no more than 1.0 CEU (ten contact hours)
  • Professional presentations are limited to no more than 1.0 CEU’s (10 contact hours). Each hour of the actual presentation will be acknowledged as .1 CEU i.e., a two hour workshop not to include introductions, breaks, or meals will be worth .2 CEU’s (2 contact hours).
  • Published works related to Therapeutic Recreation/Activities published within the last 2 years are limited to no more than 1.0 CEU’s (ten contact hours)
  • Computer courses are limited to no more than .5 CEU (five contact hours)

The standards require that a “certificate holder” must submit a copy of continuing education/or contact hours which indicates your name, attendance date (which must be within your 2 year cycle), title of the course or program and CEU credit or contact hours.  If the “certificate holder” is unable to obtain such  a document, then the sponsor or the instructor of the program must provide a written statement including all the necessary information mentioned above, on agency/or company letterhead.

The title of the course or program, as listed on the document, is critical to whether it can be utilized toward CTRAC Recertification.  The title must relate to one of the Body of Knowledge Area Items.  In order to match the title with the Items, the title must be clear and reflective of the program.  If it is not, you will need to obtain the program brochure/or flyer to submit with the document.  You will need to review the Body of Knowledge Areas in its entirety.  You can access the Knowledge Areas on our website.

Which continuing education sessions will ONLY be accepted once toward recertification?

CPR, First Aid, Infectious Disease Control, or Life Saving Skill courses will ONLY be accepted for  one recertification cycle.

Can I complete continuing education hours that are offered online, through correspondence, teleconference methods or advanced technology?

Yes, CTRAC will accept no more than 1.0 CEU’s (10 contact hours) Online courses specially related to Therapeutic Recreation/Activity Services.

What option do I have if I do not have enough continuing education and work experience before the end of my two year certification cycle?

A “certificate holder” can request for an extension.

  • The individual will request and complete the required application by the state deadlines.
  • ONE (1) extension will be granted per re-certification deadline.
  • Application for extension must be requested prior to the re-certification deadline
  • One year is allowed per extension
  • An extension grants one year to fulfill the recertification requirements.  The recertification cycle will remain the same.

What is the CTRAC Recertification fee?
The current fee is $75.00.

What is the fee for an insufficient check?

If your check is returned for insufficient funds, an additional fee will be charged of $40.00

How can I regain my certification if I am not working for a few years and my certification expires?

CTRAC’s Reinstatement Program is designed for individuals whose certification recently expired.  Reinstatement certification eligibility is for candidates who were certified within the last 4 years. Individuals are required to pay all “late fees” during the reinstatement process.  For additional information; please refer to “fees” page.

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