All ATRA Memberships are renewed online using a secure online membership management system. This fast, efficient and safe way to pay your annual membership fee and provide accurate data about the recreation therapy profession in Alberta. Go to ATRA's website: Members Section / Member Renewal. ATRA's Renewal Period is February 1 - March 31, each year. Your membership expires at midnight on March 31. Late fees are applied to membership renewals after that date. Renew early and avoid late fees.
ATRA's Membership Renewal Period is February 1 - March 31 every year for all three membership categories:
Professional, Student and Supporting
Maintaining an annual professional membership is about two things -
- Assuring your employer, your clients and the association that you are committed to continually upgrading your knowledge and skills to meet the demands of evolving practice environments and client needs.
- Supporting your professional association to advocate for the therapeutic recreation association, work with educational institutions to prepare students to enter the TR workforce, provide continuing competence events, member benefits and guidance on issues central to Albertans.
To renew your membership:
- a late fee is added to the annual membership fee (see next question for specific information on fees)and
- you will need to provide evidence of your continuing education units (see the Continuing Competence Program page in this section of the website for more information).
Retaining ongoing professional membership with ATRA is important to your career, employer and clients. To maintain your membership in good standing status please renew by March 31 of each year. Renewal after expiration of the membership year will result in late renewal fees will be added to membership renewal costs.
- Late Renewal of 1 – 30 days after the deadline = $300.00 + GST + $50.00 late payment fee.
Impact on your Membership Benefits: You will retain access to your Member Profile, email correspondence, Long Service Recognition Program and ATRA and / or CTRA committee participation. All other member rights and responsibilities are suspended until renewed.
- Late Renewal of 1 – 24 months after the deadline = $300.00 + GST + $100.00 late payment fee.
Impact on your Membership Benefits: You will retain access to your Member Profile, ATRA will retain email correspondence. Your Long service Membership status will continue to accumulate. ATRA and CTRA committee work participation will be suspended until your membership is renewed. All other member rights and responsibilities are suspended until membership is renewed.
- Late Renewal of 25 – 36 months after the deadline = $300.00 + GST + $200.00 Late payment fee
Impact on your Membership Benefits and Responsibilities: You will retain access to your Member Profile. Long Service Recognition Program starts at Year 1. You will be required to demonstrate maintenance CEU accumulations to demonstrate professional competence. All other member rights and responsibilities are suspended until renewed.
- Late Renewal of 3 years or more after the deadline (If your membership was not renewed in 2019, 2018 or 2017)
Impact on your Membership Benefits: = You have forfeited the ATRA's grandfather clause that recognized your education level and experience. Apply as a new applicant.
Send an email to CompetenceDirector@alberta-tr.org
Yes! ATRA and CTRA have a Joint Membership Agreement that enables ATRA Members a 50% discount on regular CTRA fees. A CTRA membership provides discounts on professional development events, national volunteer and leadership opportunities and access to Canada wide professional communities of practice to enrich your practice.
Renew your Student Membership if you are 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.
Your ATRA Student membership needs to be renewed by March 31 of every year. Student Members are not required to pay late membership renewal fees nor maintain continuing education units.
Congratulations Graduate! If you have intend to apply for Professional Membership or plan to withdraw your membership affiliation with ATRA permanently please send an email to email@example.com to help keep our records up to date. If your plans are to become a Professional Member apply as a new applicant.
Maintaining your student membership is important. If you have missed your renewal deadline, renew as soon as you can. Student renewals are not subject to late fees.
Your Member Profile, access to student member benefits will be discontinued until renewal occurs.
if you are interested in continuing to further the objectives of ATRA and are not eligible for Professional or Student Membership renew your Supporting Membership between February 1 and March 31 annually.
Late fees nor continuing competence commitments are required of Supporting Members.
ATRA thanks you for your loyal support. Help us keep our records up to date. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us of your withdrawal from ATRA membership.
- Retirement notice: If you plan to retire within the member year Congratulations on a career well spent. ATRA is pleased to acknowledge your retirement from a rewarding career within our Annual Awards Program. Send an email with your announcement to email@example.com.
- Consider a Supporting Membership: If your plan to stay on with ATRA, please apply for Supporting Membership.
- Withdrawal: If you plan to withdraw your ATRA Membership please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to help keep our Membership Records up to date. Now go out and have some fun!
Send an email to email@example.com
No, membership renewal can only be processed in the online system once full payment on a credit card is received. Receipts are automatically generated and made available through your online Member Profile.
ATRA has invested in an online member management system that provides secure online payment for membership fees with your credit care or PayPal account. Automatic payment processing through PayPal ensures that all transactions are secured and accounted for. The renewal is complete after each member enters required data and submits full payment.
Options: A pre-paid Credit Card will enable you to use ATRA's online renewal system. Ensure adequate funds are available on the card before you begin your transaction.
ATRA requires full payment of your membership fees at the time of renewal.
No, ATRA requires full payment of your membership fees at the time of renewal transaction.