NC Board of Recreational Therapy Licensure is committed to
ensuring quality, safe and effective care to North Carolina residents by
maintaining the highest standards of recreational therapy practice.
General Statute Chapter 90 C was amended in August 23, 2005,
effective Oct 5, 2005 into a recreational therapy practice act, ???The
Recreational Therapy License Act???, requiring all individuals maintain a
Recreational Therapy License to practice recreational therapy in North
Prior to the current amendment, in 1987, the Therapeutic Recreation
Certification Board was created for consumer protection. The original act
offered title protection so individuals using "TRS" or "Therapeutic
Recreation Specialist" were required to be certified by the Board. Many
agencies did not use the title which allowed non-qualified people to
practice recreational therapy. In Oct, 2005 an amendment was enacted to the
Recreational Therapy Licensure Act, requiring individuals practicing
recreational therapy in accordance with the professional standards of
practice be licensed regardless of their job title. Recreational Therapists
and Recreational Therapy Assistants in North Carolina must be licensed by
the North Carolina Board of Recreational Therapy (NCBRTL).
To aid in the insurance of public protection, Chapter 90C requires
individuals meet minimal established requirements set forth by
Administrative Rules and their application be reviewed by the North Carolina
Board of Recreational Therapy Licensure (NCBRTL). NCBRTL welcomes all out
of state as well as NC residents to seek a license. All applicants must
submit an application, meet established educational requirements and be
reviewed and approved by the Board prior to practicing in NC. All CTRS???s???
must complete the entire application process. NCBRTL reviews applications
during the last week of each month.
NCBRTL???s commitment to best practices requires practitioners stay current
with healthcare practices through continuing education. All licensees are
required to maintain current contact with NCBRTL through Maintenance
Applications, Renewal and Continuing Education submissions. Renewal
and Continuing education documents are reviewed every two years . Content
must be linked to the NCTRC Job Analysis. Licensees are expected to comply
with professional code of ethics and report any disciplinary infractions or
possible unsafe recreational therapy practice to NCBRTL.