Therapeutic Recreation
Use your skills to help improve/restore health and wellness. Small class settings, knowledgeable, friendly faculty and hands-on learning.

General information

Program code
3 Semesters (1 Year)
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Work integrated learning
1 Internship
Full-time + Part-time

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Orillia

Program description

Students learn to provide client centered, strength-based therapeutic recreation services using the therapeutic recreation process. Students acquire the skills to complete client assessments and to develop, implement and evaluate group and individual therapeutic recreation programs. A variety of facilitative techniques are explored in order to assist individuals to participate in meaningful recreation and leisure experiences that will achieve health related goals, improve functional ability, and increase quality of life. 

Graduates of this program are eligible to become registered members of Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (R/TRO). Membership type will depend on the postsecondary credentials they hold:

  • R/TRO for graduates with degrees
  • R/TRO DIP for graduates with diplomas

Graduates may also apply to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) using one of two specific pathways (equivalency path A or B).

Part-time delivery option

We are pleased to offer this graduate certificate in a part-time, online and blended format.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the program may find employment in health or human service
organizations such as:

  • Acute, chronic care, and other specialized hospitals
  • Provincial agencies or facilities for individuals with psychiatric or developmental disabilities
  • Rehabilitation programs
  • Children's treatment centers
  • Municipal recreation departments
  • Long term care facilities/adult day programs
  • Correctional programs and facilities
  • Community or private agencies serving people with illness disability
  • Private practice

Admission information

Admission requirements

  • Post-secondary diploma or degree, with a specialty in health or human services.

Selection Process

Applicants will be asked to submit a current resumé. Academic and experiential learning of all applicants will be assessed.

Admission details

According to Therapeutic Recreation Ontario, the registration designation (R/TRO) is currently a voluntary credential intended to recognize a level of excellence. It is anticipated that the Government of Ontario will move towards regulation of the profession; however, that is not expected to occur for a number of years. When regulation does occur, the R/TRO designation may represent the minimum criteria necessary. For the present, even though it is not provincially mandated, some employers do require R/TRO designation for hiring; however, many employers do not.


Program-specific Courses

  • TREC 1002 - Assessment Processes of Therapeutic Recreation
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • TREC 1003 - Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • TREC 1004 - Adapted Recreation for Therapeutic Recreation
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • TREC 1005 - Recreation Therapy with Selected Populations
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • TREC 1012 - Therapeutic Relationships in Recreation Therapy
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • TREC 1014 - Biological Sciences in Therapeutic Recreation
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • TREC 1007 - Leisure Education
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • TREC 1008 - Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • TREC 1009 - Organizational Leadership: Therapeutic Recreation
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • TREC 1010 - Facilitative Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • TREC 1011 - Research in Therapeutic Recreation
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • TREC 1015 - Nature of Disabilities in Therapeutic Recreation
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • TREC 1017 - Internship
    (Semester 3 / 560 hours)