Study Guide for the TRS Certification Examination, 5th Ed. Print book and Flashcards Bundle

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Author(s): Norma J. Stumbo
Jean E. Folkerth

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Compare our prices! The purpose of this study guide is to assist candidates in preparing for the NCTRC national certification examination for Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists.

Included in this bundle are 850 flashcards on the 6 topic areas of the test:

  • Foundational knowledge
  • Assessment
  • Documentation
  • Implementation
  • Administration of TR
  • Advancement of the profession

We are excited to tell you that this fifth edition of the Study Guide for the Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Certification Examination has changed significantly from previous editions.

This is largely due to two reasons: (a) the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) has recently updated the Job Analysis, which helps structure the content of the test, and (b) the computerized test has a newer format of a 150-item test.

Therefore, we have restructured the Study Guide to align more closely with the most recent NCTRC exam content and format. In addition, we’ve added over 100 new items for a total of over 850 practice test items! 

The Study Guide offers over 250 random practice items, plus four practice exams, each with 150 items distributed across the job analysis that mirrors the national exam.

In preparing this Study Guide, our mission is two-fold: (a) to provide information that helps candidates reduce test anxiety and maximize test performance; and (b) to provide numerous sample questions, similar to those actually found on the exam, that will allow candidates to practice and self-assess their own readiness for the test.

For many individuals, the thought of taking a certification examination can be unsettling.

We often hear statements such as, “I have never taken a comprehensive exam. There is so much information. How do I learn it all?”

This Study Guide will help to identify areas where you need further study to help you ace your NCTRC certification examination!

Table of Contents: 

About the Authors


1  Introduction to the Study Guide
    Purpose of the Study Guide
    How to Use the Study Guide

2  Details about the NCTRC Exam
    Timing of the Exam
    Variable Length Exam
    Special Arrangements
    About the Actual Test
    Exam Content Outline
    Test Scoring

3  Strategies for Preparing for and Taking the Test
    Preparing for the Test
    Taking the Test

4  Basic Information on the Test Content Outline
    Foundational Knowledge
    Assessment Process
    Administration of TR Service
    Advancement of the Profession


5    Warm-Up Items

6    Practice Test  1

7    Practice Test  2

8    Practice Test  3

9    Practice Test  4

About the Author(s)

Norma J. Stumbo

Norma J. Stumbo is currently retired after being at Illinois State University and the University of Illinois from 1984 to 2008.

She has taught subjects at the University of Queensland (Australia), the University of Western Sydney (Australia), and the Southern Institute of Technology (New Zealand).

Her professional work experience includes physical medicine and rehabilitation, long-term care, at-risk youth, independent living, and a women’s prison.

She has written and edited several books, including:

She has also published many refereed articles in the Therapeutic Recreation Journal, Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, and the American Journal of Recreation Therapy, as well as other journals.

She has presented over 400 research and educational sessions and scores of keynotes at state, national, and international conferences and conventions, and received awards at the international, national, regional, and local levels.

Norma received her PhD in Leisure Behavior/Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; she received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Recreation and Park Administration/Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Jean E. Folkerth

Jean E. Folkerth received her B.S. in Camping and Outdoor Education/Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University, her M.A. in Therapeutic Recreation from Michigan State University, and her Re.D. in Recreation Administration/Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University.

She is currently an associate professor and director of the Recreation Therapy Program at the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH.

Dr. Folkerth served on the board of directors of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification from 1984-1989, serving as president from 1985-1987.

She served on the board of directors of the National Therapeutic Recreation Society from 1979-1982 and was instrumental in the implementation of the State and Regional Advisory Council for NTRS.

Currently, Dr. Folkerth is co-chair of the Alliance Taskforce on Higher Education representing the American Therapeutic Recreation Association.

Dr. Folkerth has authored several publications and conducted over 100 presentations at state, regional, and national levels on topics including credentialing, professional preparation, and professional issues.