About the Career

Therapeutic Recreation Assistants (TRAs) support older adults (seniors) to live their lives as fully and independently as possible. By using a person-centred approach, TRAs assist individuals to pursue recreational and leisure activities. TRAs enhance older adults’ quality of life while maintaining their independence and wellbeing. This is a career for well-trained, passionate and caring individuals who want to make a difference in older adults’ lives.

Therapeutic Recreation addresses the whole person, focusing on their social, physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual domains. As defined by Iso-Ahola (1980), “therapeutic recreation is a purposeful intervention designed to improve the client’s quality of life through recreation and leisure.” The programs and leisure activities that Therapeutic Recreation Assistants design and implement are evidence-based and outcome-focused.

Ideal Career Choices for:

  • Anyone who is looking for a meaningful and rewarding career
  • Care Aides who want something more creative or less physical
  • Internationally educated health care professionals
  • Kinesiologist grads

About the Program

This 47-week online diploma program delivers theory entirely online, allowing you to study right from home. In your engaging virtual classroom, you will make friends, receive support, and collaborate with classmates to learn and grow together.

Our program also includes a seven-week practicum, which will take place in your home region. Therapeutic Recreation Assistants support and promote optimal health in older adults through recreation and leisure activities that include arts and crafts, music, gardening, games, social events, outings, entertainment, and exercise.

Taking a person-centred approach, you’ll design and lead programs and activities for older adults that bring joy to their lives, and yet, the joy you receive will be greater than the joy you give.

Key Information

  • Delivery: ONLINE
  • Duration: 47 weeks, including a 7-week local practicum
  • Starts: Twice per year (April and October)
  • Credential: Diploma
  • Recognition: Approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of British Columbia
  • Wages: Average starting wage is $24.79/hour

There is an urgent need throughout BC for qualified Therapeutic Recreation Assistants to support older adults.

100% of our Therapeutic Recreation graduates are working in their field of study within 6 months of program completion.