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New to ATRA - Select your Membership Category

Since 1985, ATRA has represented the profession of Recreation Therapy in the province of Alberta. ATRA supports over 700 members in the delivery of competent, safe and ethical health care service to Albertans. If you are practicing, managing, instructing, enrolled as a therapeutic recreation student or would like to support the profession, ATRA welcomes your application for membership.

New applicants to the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association can select from the following membership categories 


 Please note:

  • Applications for the current Membership year [April 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021 ] end December 31, 2020.
  • Membership Applications received and approved between January 1 and March 31, 2021 are in effect until March 31, 2022. 
1. Professional Membership

– Apply for this category if you are a new graduate, new to ATRA, CTRS designate, currently practicing, supervising, teaching or returning to practice after a Leave of Absence (LOA) of 3 consecutive years and who meet academic and clinical placement requirements. 

Note: For additional information please see Pathway's to ATRA Professional Membership

2. Graduating Student Members transitioning to Professional Membership  

If you are an ATRA Student Member in good standing within the membership year you apply for Professional Membership, you are not required to pay the membership fee during your first year as a Professional Member. Your first step is to send an email to and ask for a Discount Code. Please include in the Subject Line of your email - Request for Student Member to Professional Member Discount Code. After you receive your code please begin the online application form for Professional Membership. You must meet all the professional membership criteria before your application is approved. 

3. Supporting Membership

This category is for therapeutic recreation diploma graduates (after April 1, 2021) who will not be pursuing degree Entry to Practice meeting Professional Membership, no longer meet Student Membership Criteria and want to maintain support for the objectives of the TR Profession in Alberta. Please Note: Any Professional Member graduating with a TR Diploma PRIOR to April 1, 2021 is eligible for Professional Membership.

 4. Student Membership 

Apply for this category if you are 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.  Note: ATRA professional members who continue to work in therapeutic recreation while taking courses are expected to maintain Professional Membership.



Membership applications may be deferred, refused or conditions imposed if the renewal applicant does not meet membership criteria.

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