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Application & Renewals

Since 1985 ATRA has been working diligently to develop and provide advocacy, education, governance, guidance and support to the recreation therapy profession in Alberta.

Applying for membership is a multiple step process. Check your qualifications to make sure your application will be approved saving time and energy for yourself and ATRA.

Look at what membership provides


United Voice

  • ATRA unites TR professionals across the province.
  • Official advocate for Recreation Therapy to government, other health care professionals and the public.
  • Application to regulated recreation therapy within the Alberta Health Profession Act.
  • Research on member demographics.

Advocacy Tools

  • Brochures
  • Website statement to employers communicating the benefit of hiring ATRA professional members.
  • Promotional items
  • TR Month Awareness Package
  • Social media


Entry to Practice

  • Sets qualifications and minimum standards of competence to enter practice
  • Represents the profession on Advisory Committees for the TR program at Alberta Post Secondary Institutions advocating for students preparing to enter the field and access for professionals to upgrade.
  • Develops guidelines and resources for practicum placements for practitioners, students and post-secondary institutions.

Continuing Competence Program

  • Annual symposium, webinars & chapter education sessions
  • Regular circulation of educational events from the broader health profession field
  • Access to CTRA education events with joint membership.


ATRA carries out the powers and duties of a self-governing health profession through

  • Provincial and Chapter governance models
  • Elections for Provincial Director and Chapter Executive Positions
  • Bylaws
  • Strategic Plans.
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Operational and Advancement Committees


Professional documents to guide your recreation therapy practice:

  • ATRA Competency Profile (Standards of Practice)
  • Code of Ethics
  • Position papers specifying the role of Recreation Therapy in health care

Stay current with the growing field of recreation therapy

  • Regular email correspondence
  • Social Media
  • Upcoming continuing competence opportunities within health care


Discounted rates

  • ATRA education (Symposium, webinars, chapter education sessions
  • Membership Transition Discount for Students
  • Reduction in CTRA membership fees

Resources to begin a recreation therapy career

  • Alliance with Alberta Post Secondary institutions offering therapeutic recreation programs
  • Guidance and documents to support the student and supervisor in practicum placements.
  • Student scholarships
  • Access to Job Postings
  • ATRA Membership Directory
  • Online application system for new members

Career Development 

  • Access to Job Postings
  • ATRA Professional Member Verification Directory
  • Continuing Competence Bursaries
  • Networking through Chapter meetings and symposium
  • Online Member renewal process