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There are several membership categories. Each category has its own criteria. The categories and criteria are described in the ‘Become a Member’ section. Then, download and complete the application form that is also listed in the ‘Become a Member’ section. 

There is one application form for all categories of membership with ATRA. The application form contains submission instructions. The application form is linked in the “Become a Member” section of the website.


All applications for professional membership must be submitted with original copies of all transcripts used to meet the course criteria required for membership. Applications will not be processed until official transcripts are received.

Since May 1, 2011, all new applicants are required to demonstrate the completion of a practicum placement/internship. 

The practicum placement/internship must;

- Be arranged through a post-secondary institution

- Be a minimum of 320 total hours

- 250 hours of the placement must have a clinical component under the direct supervision of a Recreation Therapist who is a professional member of their provincial association.


Degrees/diplomas in related fields are considered for individuals who have worked as a Recreation Therapist for over five years. Fill out the professional membership application form and send it in with your fees and original copies of your transcripts. The ATRA Membership Review Committee will advise you if your degree/diploma can be accepted and if there is any additional coursework required. If membership is not processed, fees and original transcripts will be returned to you.

There are a variety of universities and colleges which offer coursework in Therapeutic Recreation in Alberta and throughout Canada. Many offer these courses with a distance learning option. Please see the ‘Student’ section for a comprehensive list of post-secondary options. 

As part of moving recreation therapy toward regulation under the Health Professions Act, ATRA has developed a bridging process for those individuals currently employed in the field but whose past education curriculum does not meet current ATRA registration criteria. The ATRA Membership Review Committee will apply the bridging process on an individual basis after receiving the completed application and course transcripts.

Applicants for Student Membership must be 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.

Members who do not renew their professional membership within the ATRA membership year will have to apply as a new member the following year and meet the professional membership criteria in place at the time of their new application for membership.