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TR Post-Secondary Curriculum Review for Student Registration Eligibility

The purpose of the TR Curriculum Review for Registration Eligibility process is to assess the curriculum of TR programs (diploma, degree and certificate) to determine alignment with the Essential Competency Framework (ECF). The goal is to standardize curricula across Ontario so that students will experience a consistent academic and practical education, which will effectively prepare them to be able to apply for their Registration designation (R/TRO and R/TRO DIP) upon graduation.

Developed by experienced practitioners and educators, the ECF identifies competencies that Recreation Therapy practitioners should have upon graduation from their educational institution, and should continue to practice throughout their career as a Recreation Therapist.

Applying for Registration: Pathway A and B

When students apply for their Registration designation, there are two pathways through which they can apply. 

Pathway A applies to those graduates who have attended a school whose curriculum has been approved through TRO’s Curriculum Review process. This category applies to placement hours obtained though the applicant's Therapeutic Recreation degree or post-graduate certificate.

Pathway B applies to those who graduated and who meet the formal education requirements, as well as any out of province applicants, whose academic programs have not met approval through TRO’s Curriculum Review process. This category applies to work experience hours obtained through internships and work experience directly related to Therapeutic Recreation.

The following schools have voluntarily provided their curriculum for review. The TRO Practice Review Committee has determined their curriculum to be in alignment with the Essential Competency Framework. Therefore, graduates from the following programs may follow Pathway A in the Practical Experience section of the Registration Application Package (R/TRO, R/TRO DIP). (Graduates from programs not listed below should follow Pathway B.”) Students may learn more by clicking here.

Georgian College – Ontario College TR Graduate Certificate Program (Aug. 2016)

Mohawk College – Recreation Therapy Diploma Program (Aug. 2016)

Niagara College – Recreation Therapy Diploma Program (Nov. 2015)

University of Waterloo – Therapeutic Recreation Degree Program (Nov. 2015)

Seneca College – Therapeutic Recreation Degree Program (Aug. 2018)

St. Lawrence College – Therapeutic Recreation Graduate Certificate program (Feb. 2019)

Algonquin College – Ontario College Graduate Certificate (Dec. 2020)

TRO thanks the members of the Therapeutic Recreation Professional Education Steering Committee (TRPESC) for their participation in the TR Curriculum Review Pilot Project Review process.

Schools which intend to submit for the TR Curriculum Review should complete a Declaration to Submit the TR Curriculum Review for Registration Eligibility form and identify the submission deadline the Practice Review Committee can expect your application.


Deadline to Submit for TR Curriculum Review for Registration Eligibility:

June 30 and December 30

Download the Declaration to Submit Form


Tips for Submitting TR Curriculum Review Application Package

Use this as a great team building exercise! Get your TR department together to prepare the application. It’s a great way to share your lesson plans, lecture content and get to know each other’s teaching styles! Plus, it reduces the hours needed to prepare the application for each person.

Be sure to follow the submission instructions, and to organize and label the curriculum content so supporting documentation related to each performance indicator is easy to find. This makes the process much easier for the review committee, and also reduces the likelihood that you will be contacted to re-submit.