Improve life through leisure
Therapeutic Recreation – certificate
PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
TUITION & FEES
- 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
- 50% in Biology 30 or equivalent
The Therapeutic Recreation certificate program focuses on the knowledge and skills required to plan, implement and evaluate individual or group therapeutic recreation and social activities.
Following successful completion, graduates may continue on to the Therapeutic Recreation – diploma program.
In this program, you will learn how to enhance your clients' quality of life through leisure activities. The program will prepare you to work with a variety of client groups in different care settings.
Both a certificate and diploma are available:
- The certificate year (Year 1) focuses on the knowledge and skills required to plan, implement, and evaluate individual or group therapeutic recreation and social activities. Available through on-campus instruction, hybrid delivery, or online education.
- The diploma year (Year 2) Therapeutic Recreation – diploma focuses on the concepts, theory, and practical experiences related to leadership and critical thinking in order to prepare graduates to work more independently. Available through on-campus instruction, hybrid delivery, or online education.
Note: Hybrid delivery may include a combination of workshops, seminars, self-study and/or tutorials.
All NorQuest College Therapeutic Recreation practicums meet the requirements of the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA).
Therapeutic recreation professionals who wish to meet ATRA standards are welcome to take individual courses through Open Studies. You are advised to first contact ATRA@alberta-tr.org to determine specific course needs, and then apply for Open Studies. After applying, you can contact the program chair at 780.644.6300 to request enrolment in specific courses.
Students are more likely to be successful in this program if they:
- are physically and emotionally able to manage workplace demands.
- have access to a vehicle to travel to complete their practicum.
- have access to a computer and basic computer skills
Applicants are requested to review the job requirements listed below and assess their ability to fulfill the demands of the therapeutic recreation occupation.
Working in therapeutic recreation, you must be able to:
- work shifts and weekends
- be on your feet for extended periods of time
- use your knees, back, and arms to move clients who have minimal body strength
- be comfortable taking a leadership role in groups of all sizes
- work with clients of all ages, cultures, and genders
- function effectively independently, on a team, and in stressful situations
- demonstrate adaptability and critical thinking skills
This program includes a practicum totalling 320 hours.