ATRA has three membership categories; professional, student and supporting. Each category has it’s own eligibility criteria and fee schedule.
Applicants are encouraged to apply for membership at any time of the year.
No, ATRA does not require this certification for professional membership. If you are certified by NCTRC at the time of application with ATRA, your application for professional membership will not take as long to review.
Professional Members: The checklist [hyperlink] included in the Application Instruction Manual for Professional Membership states which documents must be submitted in their original form, and which documents must be submitted directly from the issuing institution. Applications will not be processed until official transcripts are received.
Student Members: The Application Instruction Manual states that Student Identification may be scanned and emailed directly or a picture can be taken and emailed as a jpeg to email@example.com.
Applicants for Supporting Member are not required to submit qualifications. The application for this membership can be completed fully on-line.
All new applicants are required to complete a Practicum Placement. Complete details on the eligibility criteria, forms, checklists and instructions can be found in the Practicum Placement section on the ATRA Students website page.
Degrees/diplomas in related fields are considered for individuals who have worked as a Recreation Therapist that align with ATRA’s 2012 Competency Profile for over five years. Fill out the professional membership application form, pay the application fees and arrange for your official transcripts to be sent to ATRA. The ATRA Membership Review Committee will advise you if your degree/diploma can be accepted and if there is any additional coursework required. If membership is not processed, fees and original transcripts will be returned to you.
An official transcript is a complete, signed and sealed record of all academic information you completed at an education institution. An official transcript includes:
- The courses you took
- The final marks you received
- Your degree designation (if applicable)
Your official transcript(s) must list the minimum required number of TR (3), general (3) and supporting courses (6).
There are a variety of universities and colleges which offer coursework in Therapeutic Recreation in Alberta and throughout Canada. Many offer these courses with a distance learning option. Please see the ‘Student’ section for a comprehensive list of post-secondary options.
As part of moving recreation therapy toward regulation under the Health Professions Act, ATRA has developed a bridging process for those individuals currently employed in the field but whose past education curriculum does not meet current ATRA registration criteria. The ATRA Membership Review Committee will apply the bridging process on an individual basis after receiving the completed application and course transcripts.
Applicants for Student Membership must be taking one or more courses towards the completion of a diploma, post-graduate certificate, bachelors/masters/doctorate degree whose title contains Therapeutic Recreation or Recreation & Leisure Studies.
No. Criteria for Professional Membership in each province are not yet uniform across Canada. Please apply as a New Applicant. You will find the information you need in the Application & Renewal section of the ATRA website. Your education and experience will be evaluated and if necessary a bridging process will be implemented to help you meet ATRA criteria.
The length of time required to process applications will vary, but in general, is as follows:
Professional Members – 7-10 business days (Review Committee meets 1x/month)
Student Members 7 - 10 business days
Supporting Members 7 - 10 business days
*This reflects the approximate minimum length of time required to process an Entry Point A application once the applicant has submitted all documentation required by ATRA.
Your application fee will be fully refunded by ATRA in the event your application is not accepted for membership.