Did you know that BCTRA and CTRA have a joint membership agreement? When you become a member of BCTRA you also become a member of CTRA! There are many benefits to membership! Check out this document to read our Top Ten Reasons to Become a BCTRA Member .

It is easy to obtain membership! Follow these three steps:

1. Eligibility

Review the criteria below to ENSURE your eligibility BEFORE applying.

2. Application Form

Complete the online application form by clicking on the APPLY NOW button to the right.

3. Payment

After completing the online application form, make online payment by credit card.

  • Fees are due annually on April 1st
  • Students MUST be attending full time and provide a student number
  • If you are deemed to be ineligible for membership, all fees will be refunded


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BCTRA/CTRA Joint Membership

Annual Membership Fees

Professional $210.00
NEW Graduate – Diploma $55.00
NEW Graduate – Degree $105.00
Student $50.00
Supporter $110.00

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*Updated June 25, 2015*


PATHWAY 1Recreation Therapists who held valid membership in BCTRA as of March 31, 2012 are recognized as Professional Members. Due to changes in the membership criteria and in order to maintain professional standing these members must keep their membership current by payment of membership dues by April 1 of each membership year.


PATHWAY 2 Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation:  A two-year diploma in therapeutic recreation from an educational institution recognized by the Board received on or before December 31st, 2008.


PATHWAY 3Degree in TR: A baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university with a major in therapeutic recreation or a major in recreation or leisure with an option in therapeutic recreation.

Only the following officially designated majors appearing on the transcript will be accepted for Pathway 3 (a) therapeutic recreation (recreation therapy); (b) recreation or leisure with an option in therapeutic recreation; and (c) therapeutic recreation, recreation, or leisure in combination with other fields of study (e.g., Therapeutic Recreation and Health Studies; Recreation and Sport Management; Leisure and Tourism). d) Community Rehabilitation, Human Kinetics, and Kinesiology in combination with a 2 year diploma in Therapeutic Recreation who graduated prior to 2012.


PATHWAY 4Degree in Recreation: A baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university in recreation administration or recreation and leisure studies and the following:

A minimum of six (6) 3 credit courses or equivalent of therapeutic recreation and general recreation content coursework. A minimum of four (4) 3 credit courses in therapeutic recreation is required; and Supportive courses to include a total of six (6) 3 credit courses with minimum of: (i) 3 credits in the content area of anatomy and physiology; (ii) 3 credits in the content area of abnormal psychology; and (iii) 3 credits in the content area of human growth and development across the lifespan. The remaining semester hours or quarter hours of coursework must be fulfilled in the content area of ‘human services’ as defined by NCTRC.


PATHWAY 5 Active CTRS: A baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university with experience as recognized by NCTRC. Must show proof of active CTRS credential.


** NCTRC has a stream that will accept an allied health degree, TR coursework along with work experience. For those applicants that do not hold a degree in TR or recreation studies it is recommended you pursue this pathway and write your CTRS exam**


Professional Membership Official Documentation Requirements:

BCTRA will only accept transcripts from an accredited college or university.


Accredited: Refers to a college or university, which is accredited by a regional accrediting agency.



Open to individuals pursuing a Degree or Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation/Recreation/Leisure Services. You MUST be a FULL TIME student to apply for membership in this category. (at least 3 courses per semester)


New Graduate

Open to all previous students who graduated from a diploma or degree program from the previous year.  For example, for the 2016/17 membership year, graduates of 2015 are eligible for this membership type.  This is a one time only Membership type that applies after graduation and cannot be extended.  Those who have graduated with a diploma are eligible for a one year membership that is half the cost of the Supporter Membership.  Those who have graduated with a degree are eligible for a one year membership that is half the cost of the Professional Membership.  Transcripts must be submitted to verify eligibility.


A Supporter is interested in furthering the objectives of BCTRA and the Therapeutic Recreation profession, but is ineligible to be a Professional, or Student member.  Or an individual who is eligible to be a professional member but has retired from the Therapeutic Recreation profession, or has moved from the province of B.C.


*If you do not feel you fit into any of the above membership pathways please feel free to contact