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Membership: Applications & Renewals

Since 1985 ATRA has been working diligently to develop and provide advocacy, education, governance, guidance and support to the recreation therapy profession in Alberta.

Look at what membership provides


United Voice

  • ATRA unites TR professionals across the province.
  • Official advocate for Recreation Therapy to government, other health care professionals and the public.
  • Application to regulated recreation therapy within the Alberta Health Profession Act.
  • Research on member demographics.

Advocacy Tools

  • Brochures
  • Website statement to employers communicating the benefit of hiring ATRA professional members.
  • Promotional items
  • TR Month Awareness Package
  • Social media


Entry to Practice

  • Sets qualifications and minimum standards of competence to enter practice
  • Represents the profession on Advisory Committees for the TR program at Alberta Post Secondary Institutions advocating for students preparing to enter the field and access for professionals to upgrade.
  • Develops guidelines and resources for practicum placements for practitioners, students and post-secondary institutions.

Continuing Competence Program

  • Annual symposium, webinars & chapter education sessions
  • Regular circulation of educational events from the broader health profession field
  • Access to CTRA education events with joint membership.


ATRA carries out the powers and duties of a self-governing health profession through

  • Provincial and Chapter governance models
  • Elections for Provincial Director and Chapter Executive Positions
  • Bylaws
  • Strategic Plans.
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Operational and Advancement Committees


Professional documents to guide your recreation therapy practice:

  • ATRA Competency Profile (Standards of Practice)
  • Code of Ethics
  • Position papers specifying the role of Recreation Therapy in health care

Stay current with the growing field of recreation therapy

  • Regular email correspondence
  • Social Media
  • Upcoming continuing competence opportunities within health care

Member Benefits

Discounted rates

  • ATRA education (Symposium, webinars, chapter education sessions)
  • Professional Membership Transition Discount for Students
  • Reduction in CTRA membership fees for Professional and Supporting Members
  • Students received a complimentary CTRA Student Membership
  • Vendor Discount rates for services and products for therapeutic recreation intervention. 

Resources to begin a recreation therapy career

  • Alliance with Alberta Post Secondary institutions offering therapeutic recreation programs
  • Guidance and documents to support the student and supervisor in practicum placements.
  • Student scholarships
  • Access to Job Postings
  • ATRA Membership Directory
  • Online application system for new members

Career Development 

  • Access to Job Postings
  • ATRA Professional Member Verification Directory
  • Continuing Competence Bursaries
  • Networking through Chapter meetings and symposium
  • Online Member renewal process