What is R/TRO?

About the Designation

Since TRO’s inception (November 1999), the organization has worked diligently to advance the profession by developing a provincial Code of Ethics and a nationally recognized set of Standards of Practice. TRO is an organization that has used a collaborative approach with its members in terms of content and acceptance of these two critical documents.

The R/TRO designation is currently a voluntary designation that demonstrates excellence in therapeutic recreation.

Designation Eligibility Criteria

Applicants MUST have a professional membership with TRO prior to applying for their designation. Applications will not be reviewed for NON-TRO applicants.

Members achieve their designation once they successfully meet the criteria in each of these application steps:

  • Formal Education
  • Supportive Coursework
  • Practical Experience
  • Professional Contributions

There are currently three pathways applicants can take to achieve their designation status. Please review the information in the TRO Designation Application and complete the appropriate sections for your chosen pathway.

Application Process

To apply for your R/TRO designation, you must download and complete the TRO Designation Application. You will then submit the form through the TRO website.

Applications are reviewed by TRO’s Practice Review Committee quarterly. You will be notified within 6-8 weeks following the end of the quarter you submitted in, if your application was successful or not.

Note: You may be required to submit an appeal

If you are unsuccessful in your R/TRO application, an appeal form will be emailed directly to you.

You can choose to submit an appeal for $25 (+HST)

R/TRO Maintenance

All R/TRO Designation holders are subject to an audit every 5 years in which proof of professional contribution materials will be requested.

Applications will be reviewed quarterly, your maintenance date will be 5 years from the quarter you originally submitted for and successfully obtained your registration designation.

R/TRO Designation holders will be notified in advance when they are due for maintenance.

Established in 1999, Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO) is the only professional association that represents Therapeutic Recreation practitioners in the province.

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