Therapeutic Recreation Associate/Texas Certified Fact Sheet

EXAMINATION FOR THERAPEUTIC RECREATION ASSOCIATE (TRA/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 experience to conduct and administer therapeutic recreation and/or activity services at a Therapeutic Recreation Associate level.

Requirements for Certification:
THERAPEUTIC RECREATION ASSOCIATE / TEXAS CERTIFIED (TRA/TXC)

Track 1:

  • Associate Degree from an accredited educational institution with a major in therapeutic recreation, AND
  • Course work must include a minimum of six (6) semester hours of college credit in therapeutic recreation theory and practice, one of the courses must contain an introduction to therapeutic recreation material.  Each course must deal exclusively with therapeutic recreation content, AND
  • 360 hour Internship/Field placement that is the equivalent of 3 university credit hours earned as part of an academic program.

Track 2:

  • Associate Degree or higher with a major in related field AND
  • Course work must include a minimum of six (6) semester hours of college credit in therapeutic recreation theory and practice, one of the courses must contain an introduction to therapeutic recreation material.  Each course must deal exclusively with therapeutic recreation content AND
  • Not less than one (1) year full-time work experience (2000 hours) in therapeutic recreation

Track 3:

  • Not less than four (4) years full-time experience (8000 hours) in therapeutic recreation
  • Completion of one approved course in Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation*
  • Completion of one approved course in Therapeutic Recreation Programming*
  • *(Approved courses are from an accredited university or CTRAC approved provider)
  • A minimum of 15 credit hours university coursework related to the CTRAC Body of Knowledge**

** (If Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation and Therapeutic Recreation Programming are taken for university credit, those courses count toward this requirement.  If taken by a non-university source they do not count toward the 15 hours of university credit)

Track 4:

  • Not less than four (4) years full-time work experience (8000 hours) in therapeutic recreation/activities setting AFTER acquiring CTRAC AD/TXC.
  • Completion of one approved course in Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation*
  • Completion of one approved course in Therapeutic Recreation Programming*
  • * (Approved courses are from an accredited university or CTRAC approved provider)

Click here to download an application application

Fees:
Application Fee: $75.00

Examination Fee: $50.00

  • 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

    Re-Certification:

    • 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

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