Evolution of the Therapeutic Recreation Profession Correlates with NCTRC Certification Standards


  • Anne Richard NCTRC




Certification standards, job analysis, NCTRC, therapeutic recreation


To gain feedback from practitioners, NCTRC conducts the Job Analysis on a regular basis and uses that data to evaluate exam content and the relationship between certification standards and professional practice. Although it has remained fairly consistent, there have been minor shifts in the classification of the knowledge areas as well as the deemed importance of content areas. The NCTRC Board of Directors has been responsive to industry changes and the evolution of recreation therapy practice, resulting in refinement of the certification standards over time. 

Author Biography

Anne Richard, NCTRC

Anne Richard, MS, LRT/CTRS is the Executive Director of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).  Over the course of her 26+ year career, she has served in a variety of capacities in the field of therapeutic recreation including therapist, supervisor, consultant, and educator, working primarily in inpatient mental health and long term care for older adults. Contact: arichard@NCTRC.org





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