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Continuing Education for Practitioners


Continuing Education Credits

Every five years practitioners are required to earn 50 continuing education credits or take the certification exam in order to recertify.  Credits are earned as follows (Recertification details: Check carefully to fully understand how continuing education credits are earned.):

  • Contact Hours
  • Courses
  • Auditing
  • Publications
  • Presentations
Educational Contact Hours


1 contact hour = 0.1 CEU = 1 credit

10 contact hours = 1.0 CEU = 10 credits


Academic Coursework


1 semester credit = 15 credits

1 trimester credit = 14 credits

1 quarter credit = 10 credits


Audited Academic Coursework


1 semester credit = 8 credits

1 trimester credit = 7 credits

1 quarter credit = 5 credits




Published professional book (original/revised) = 25 credits

Authored unpublished masters/doctoral thesis = 20 credits

Published editor of a professional book/journal = 15 credits

Published professional book chapter (original/revised) = 15 credits

Authored article in refereed journal = 15 credits

Published book review = 10 credits

Editorial review of professional journal article = 5 credits

Published research abstract/proceeding = 5 credits

Published article in professional magazine = 5 credits

Published professional newsletter article = 2 credits


No more than 25 credits in the areas of Publications and/or Presentations will be allowed toward Recertification Requirements.




Professional conference presentation = 2 credits

Research or program poster = 2 credits


No more than 25 credits in the areas of Publications and/or Presentations will be allowed toward Recertification Requirements.



WSTRA Opportunities

  • Annual Symposium
  • Experiential Workshops
15th Annual Northwest TR Conference
     April, 2014
     Stay tuned for further details


Photos of previous Symposia


None currently scheduled



ATRA Opportunities

  • ATRA Newsletter
  • Annual Conference
  • Professional Issues Forum
  • Webinars
  • Dementia Practice Guidelines
  • ATRA Annual
ATRA Newsletter


ATRA members may read the ATRA newsletter, answer ten multiple choice questions about the content and return that page of the newsletter with $10 to be eligible for 0.1 CEU.  Archived editions are available for credit for one year after initial distribution.  Members must log in to view archives.


2013 ATRA Annual Conference


ATRA 2013 Annual Conference Logo


September 29 - October 2, 2013

Sheraton Station Square Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA


Peg Connolly Scholarship

Stipends for undergraduate and graduate TR students are available to attend ATRA’s Annual Conference.  Stipends usually include conference registration, lodging and $100 for meals.  Students are responsible for their transportation to/from the conference.  The scholarship is a “working scholarship”.  Students assist in various aspects of implementing the conference such as room hosting, registration and monitoring social events.


2014 ATRA Mid-Year Professional Issues Forum


To be announced


ATRA Webinars


Areas include Working with Student, Geriatrics, Caring for Yourself, Professional Issues, Rehabilitation, Aquatic Therapy, Returning Service Members, The Net Generation, Interventions, Management, Traumatic Brain Injury, International Classification of Functioning, TR Self-Advocacy and Certification Exam Preparation.


ATRA Dementia Practice Guidelines Workshops


Working as a recreational therapist with individuals who have dementia and Alzheimer's Disease can be challenging, especially when you encounter behavioral problems.  This all day intensive course will provide you with ATRA's exclusive training for utilizing Dementia Practice Guideline for Recreational Therapy: Treatment of Disturbing Behaviors, authored by Linda Buettner, Ph.D., CTRS and Suzanne Fitzsimmons, MS, RN.  After completing the course and passing the competency exam with a score of 70% or higher, participants holding a CTRS will receive a Certificate of Training (those not holding a CTRS will receive a Certificate of Completion.), and CTRSs will be listed in ATRA's Dementia Practice Guidelines Certification Directory.  The competency certificate and training is valid for three years.  Join us for the day while learning to use interventions to minimize challenging behaviors and effectively enhance the quality of life of individuals with dementia.


ATRA Annual


ATRA Annuals are collections of research articles and post-tests. These are available to ATRA members for CEU credit up to five years after publication.



NPRA Opportunities

  • E-Learning
  • Congress and Exposition
NRPA E-Learning


Online Learning Center


Investing in yourself and your career is the ultimate long-term investment.  The NRPA's enhanced online learning center course catalog has a selection of over 30 course offerings, including the ADA, aquatics, behavior management, health and wellness and inclusion.


Knowledge Center


NRPA Members can view documents created by agencies from all over the country in order to stay up to date with the newest trends and best practices in the field.




Opportunities to obtain professional development and education through subject matter experts in an easy, interactive, cost-effective manner.  Live and archived sessions are available.  Topics include "Building Inclusive Communities Through Play", "Making Golf a Game Fore All" and "Leap Into Leadership".


NRPA 2013 Congress


October 8 - 10, 2013

Houston, TX


Other Conferences

  • Pacific Northwest
  • Outside the Pacific Northwest
Conferences Outside the Pacific Northwest


None known at this moment



Distance Opportunities

  • EWU
  • Florida
  • Indiana
  • North Carolina
  • Wisconsin
  • Online
  • Correspondance
Eastern Washington University


Courses include:

  • Current Trends in TR
  • Processes and Techniques in TR
  • Program Planning and Evaluation in TR
  • Assessment Techniques in TR
  • Supervision of TR Services
  • Legal Issues in Recreation and Leisure Services
  • Administration of Recreation and Leisure Services


For more info, contact Dr. John Cogley


University of Florida


Program Planning for Therapeutic Recreation

1.5 CEUs


Planning, implementing and evaluating TR programs.  Topics include:

  • Philosophy of TR
  • Client-centered programming
  • Ethics
  • Accessibility
  • Documentation
  • Health and Human Services
  • Trends

Once you register you will have exactly 24 weeks (168 days) to complete the course before your access expires.


Indiana University


under Bryan McCormick, PhD, CTRS

Master’s courses in therapeutic recreation through distance learning.  These courses are offered via a closed-circuit TV system that allows students direct audio access to the instructor.  Complete one course or a full Master of Science degree (35 semester credits).


Online Videos


University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee


Certificate in Therapeutic Recreation

Courses include:

  • Topics in TR: Recreation as a Therapeutic Intervention
  • TR Assessment and Documentation
  • TR in Physical Rehabilitation and Behavioral Health
  • Facilitation Techniques in TR
  • TR Trends




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