Types Of Membership

Professional

There are five Pathways to determine eligibility as a Professional Member.

Pathway 1
Recreation Therapists who held valid membership in BCTRA as of March 31, 2012 are recognized as Professional Members. Due to changes in the membership criteria and in order to maintain professional standing these members must keep their membership current by payment of membership dues by April 1 of each membership year.

Pathway 2
Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation:  A two-year diploma in therapeutic recreation from an educational institution recognized by the Board received on or before December 31st, 2008.

Pathway 3
Degree in TR: A baccalaureate degree or higher from an approved, recognized college or university** with a major in therapeutic recreation or a major in recreation or leisure with an option in therapeutic recreation.

Only the following officially designated majors appearing on the transcript are accepted for Pathway 3:

(a) therapeutic recreation (recreation therapy)

(b) recreation or leisure with an option in therapeutic recreation

(c) therapeutic recreation in combination with other fields of study

Pathway 4
A baccalaureate degree or higher from a recognized college or university in recreation administration or recreation and leisure studies or community rehabilitation or human kinetics and kinesiology; other related degrees may be individually reviewed

AND

the following Coursework OR a Two (2) Year Diploma in TR:

Coursework:

  1. A minimum of six (6) 3 credit courses or equivalent of therapeutic recreation and general recreation content coursework. Of these 6 courses, a minimum of four (4) 3 credit courses must be in therapeutic recreation, preferably with “therapeutic recreation” in the title.

and

  1. Supportive courses to include a total of six (6) 3 credit courses or equivalent with minimum of:
  • 3 credits in the content area of anatomy and physiology;
  • 3 credits in the content area of abnormal psychology;
  • 12 credits of coursework must be fulfilled in the content area of ‘human services’ as defined by NCTRC.

OR

Two Year Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation. **

Pathway 5
Active CTRS: Must provide supporting documentation of active CTRS credential.

*BCTRA will only accept transcripts from a college or university that is recognized and approved by the provincial government in the province where the post-secondary institution resides. In BC, the Degree Quality Assurance Board (DQAB) is the government body that completes these assessments.

 

**A diploma credential must consist of a minimum of 60 credits and typically be offered over a 2-year period.

 

Professional New Graduate

Open to all previous students who graduated from a TR degree program from the previous year.  For example, for the 2019/20 membership year, graduates of 2018 are eligible for this membership type.  This is a one-time only Membership type that applies after graduation and cannot be extended.  Those who have graduated with a degree are eligible for a one-year membership that is half the cost of the Professional Membership.  Transcripts must be submitted to verify eligibility.

Student

Open to individuals pursuing a credential in Therapeutic Recreation, Recreation or Leisure Services at a post-secondary institution that is recognized by the Board. This is open to both Full and Part time students. Students are required to include the education institution they are attending and their student number at that institution.

Supporter

A Supporter member is interested in furthering the objectives of BCTRA and the Therapeutic Recreation profession, but is ineligible to be a Professional or Student member. The Supporter member has all the benefits of a Professional member but without the option to vote at meetings or act as a Director on the Board. Supporter members have access to all Member documents, networking opportunities, education grants, etc. at a lower membership fee.

This category is also for an individual who is eligible to be a professional member but may be retired from the Therapeutic Recreation profession, or does not reside in B.C.

Supporter New Graduate

Open to all previous students who graduated with a qualification in TR, such as a 2-year diploma program, from the previous year.  For example, for the 2019/20 membership year, graduates of 2018 are eligible for this membership type.  This is a one-time only Membership type that applies after graduation and cannot be extended.  Those who have graduated with a qualification in therapeutic recreation are eligible for a one-year membership that is half the cost of the Supporter Membership. Transcripts must be submitted to verify eligibility.

 

*Updated March 2019*