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

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2019 Orillia

Program description

The Therapeutic Recreation program prepares you to work within recreation, health, or social service delivery systems serving individuals with illness or disabilities. You will acquire the skills to complete client assessments, develop and evaluate group and individualized programs, and use a variety of facilitative techniques to assist individuals to participate in meaningful recreational activities that will enhance health, improve functional ability, and increase quality of life. The program is based on a firm belief of the inherent benefits of play, recreation and leisure to all individuals. You will learn to adapt recreation activities so individuals with a variety of disabling conditions can participate and to use recreation as a therapeutic tool to improve/restore health and wellness.

Graduates of this program are eligible to become registered members of Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (R/TRO). Their 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 should find employment in health or human service

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.


Mandatory 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)