Therapeutic Recreaton Specialist/Texas Certified Fact Sheet

Examination for Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Certification (TRS/TXC)

Goal of Certification:

The basic purpose of the Consortium’s certification program is to assure the general public and employing agency of the competence of therapeutic recreation and activity personnel by certifying that they meet basic and prescribed standards. This certification attests that an individual is qualified by training and experienced to conduct and administer therapeutic recreation and/or activity services at a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist level.

Requirements for Certification:


Track 1:
Bachelor’s or higher degree with a major or emphasis in therapeutic recreation, including coursework as follows:

  •  Fifteen (15) semester units or twenty (20) quarter units of therapeutic recreation theory and practice content courses (no activity courses); AND
  • Nine (9) semester units or twelve (12) quarter units of recreation theory and practice courses (no activity courses), AND
  • Completion of a minimum of eighteen (18) semester units or twenty seven (27) quarter units  of coursework related to understanding human functioning and development. Courses are required from at least three of the following subject areas: adapted physical education, social services, psychology, special education, criminal justice, counseling, life development, motor development or learning, anatomy and physiology, or etiology of disability. (Note: no more than six (6) semester units will be accepted from any one (1) area.), AND
  • Completion of a minimum of five hundred sixty hours (560) of fieldwork/internship experience, verified by college or university transcripts, in a therapeutic recreation program. The agency supervisor must be currently certified by CTRAC or NCTRC, have been certified for a minimum of one year, and have worked as a therapeutic recreation specialist in the current agency for a minimum of one year.

Track 2:

  • Bachelor or Master’s Degree in Recreation, Leisure Studies or other discipline related to human functioning and development.
  • Two years full-time employment or four thousand (4000) total hours paid employment within the last 5 years in a therapeutic recreation setting utilizing the TR process AND verified by a therapeutic recreation specialist employed by that agency during the period of employment.
  • The applicant must complete fifteen (15) units or twenty (20) quarter units of therapeutic recreation theory and practice courses.
  • If TR coursework is more than 5 years old, you must have completed 4 CEUs or 40 contact hours in the past 4 years related to the Body of Knowledge found at

Click here to download an application application

Application Fee: $75.00

Examination Fee: $50.00

    • The Application fee (only) must accompany the application. This fee is Non-refundable.
    • DO NOT submit the examination fee at this time-examinee’s application must be reviewed and approved-documentation will be mailed out to applicants when the sitting fee is required.
    • The Examination fee is due and payable if the applicant is eligible for examination.  Notice, including a deadline for payment, will be sent. This fee is not refundable but may be applied to the next examination cycle if the applicant is unable to take the examination and notify the CTRAC office not less than (10) working days prior to the examination date.

Application Process:

  • Complete the application. Type or print information clearly.
  • Include Transcripts to verify all college and/or university coursework/units and verification of CEU’s as appropriate.
  • Mail completed application to:
    • CTRAC Office
      P.O. Box 682846
      Houston, Texas 77268


  • The re-certification process will occur every two (2) years.
  • Two (2) continuing education units (CEU’s), or 20 contact hours from at least four areas of the Body of Knowledge are required.
    • Conferences and Workshops:  Continuing Education include professional workshops, conferences and other formal programs. List the total number of hours obtained in your two year cycle. Your continuing education content must relate to the knowledge areas of the CTRAC Body of Knowledge.
    • Academic Courses: Academic coursework must be taken at a college or university.
    • Publications: Articles, editorials, professional editing of textbooks, etc., that relate to therapeutic recreation/or activities. (This relates to Publications made by the applicants).
    • Presentations: Presentations made at professional conferences, workshops or programs.

Note: One (1) CEU = Ten (10) clock hours