Professional Development and Learning

One of the primary roles of a professional association is to ensure that practicing professionals are continually updating their knowledge and skills to ensure that their practice is embracing current trends.

Continue to build on your knowledge through DRTA online courses or access RT Wise Owls which is a free database and information resource center developed by the Recreational Therapy (RT) Program at Temple University that contains evidence-based research and resources relevant to the scope of RT practice.

Professional Development Overview

Members granted full membership  are required to complete 15 points of professional development activity each year to maintain their membership. Student Members, Retired Members, International Practitioner Members and Life Members are not required to fulfil this requirement. At the end of each financial year, all Full Members must ensure they hold a list of their professional development for that financial year in summary, along with copies of relevant certificates, transcripts or other evidence to show that they have fulfilled their professional development obligation and sign a statement to that effect. PD Policy.

Download the Professional Development Guide Here

This document has been developed as a guide showing Professional Development (PD) points earned for each activity, training session, education completed or other professionally developing activity. As the DT professional area covers a broad range of activities, so PD for practitioners is broad and varied. It is easy to earn PD points. Remember to record points earned during the year on the Summary Sheet and the task will be easy at renewal time, 30th June annually.

Download the Professional Development Summary Sheet Here (you will need this completed each year at 30th June to renew your membership).


In fulfilling its Mission, Vision and Purpose, ARTA considers education and training opportunities to be of the highest importance.


Embrace the variety of philosophies, ideas and concepts presented.


Assuring eligibility for successful graduates to apply for Full Membership of ARTA as a Recreational Therapist.


Recognition of their Cert IV or Diploma Leisure and Health courses.

DRTA Professional Development FAQs– Let us explain!

Quite a few members have felt confused, misinformed or even intimidated by DTA’s requirement for 15 Professional Development points per year – this is a “must read” article to explain more…

Have a question? Check out Frequently Asked Questions below. Still have a question? Contact the office on phone 02 9887 5035 or contact us page.

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