Therapeutic Recreation Aide Diploma (Gerontology)

The next TRA program starts early September 2019. Online registration opens July 1. To register early phone 604-296-6932 extension 663001.

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Many elderly people live in Care Homes and Assisted Living sites resulting in the need for trained professionals to work as Therapeutic Recreation Aides or Leisure Activity Aides.

This program trains you to provide wellness programs within all domains: physical, mental, social and spiritual. You will learn to provide comprehensive and creative programs that increase the quality of life for individuals living within a care setting. These activities include cognitive programs, music, gardening, fitness, games, social events, outings, entertainment and so much more. Make a difference in someone’s life! If you are a compassionate, resourceful and supportive person who wants a job that really impacts others, this program is for you.

The course fee includes handouts/books ($175 value) and First Aid Certification. Extra costs include $28 for a Criminal Record Check.

How is this program different from longer Therapeutic Recreation Aide programs?

This program focuses on one population group only. It specifically prepares you to work with the elderly (gerontology based). Because older adults are the fastest growing age group in Canada, there are many jobs that require knowledge and skills specific to the elderly — our program reflects this.


Students should meet all the following prerequisites before registering:

  • Minimum English language proficiency equivalent to Grade 12 English in BC (English language testing available at information session)
  • Mimimum Education Level equal to Grade 12 in BC


To graduate, students must meet all the following requirements:

  • Minimum of 70% in each segment of the program
  • Completion of all assignments, presentations and tests
  • Successful completion of the practicum


Graduates of the program will be able to find employment in long term care facilities, assisted living facilities, adult care centres, retirement homes and group homes.


  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Person Centred Care
  • Introduction to Practice
  • Introduction to Aging
  • Dementia Theory
  • Practical Approach to Dementia
  • Lifestyle and Leisure Education
  • Basic Program Facilitation / How to Lead an Activity

The program includes 2 practicums. Practicum 1 takes place once per week and gives you an introduction to the TRA field and environment. The second practicum is 5 weeks of full time practicum. This gives you the opportunity to consolidate knowledge, skills and abilities so that you are confident and ready for work when you graduate.


This TRA diploma course was great and I received very positive comments from potential employers during recent interviews. They all appreciate that the course is conducted face-to-face, full time, for nearly 5 months. They also believe that the practicum hours provide valuable field experience for the students.Peter (June 2017)
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