TRA Training Program

Program Overview

With funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement, BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) will be training Therapeutic Recreation Assistants in the Okanagan, Island, and Kootenays regions of B.C. Students enrolled in the program will receive skills training by way of an industry recognized curriculum for TRAs, delivered in partnership with Stenberg College.

In partnership with the Community Workforce Response Grant (CWRG), BCCPA will cover the entire cost of tuition for participants, as well as provide additional eligible participant financial supports.

BCCPA has gained strong support for this initiative from several employers in each region. All participating employers have part-time or full-time positions available in their organizations. Following the completion of the skills training program, BCCPA will facilitate job connections between participating employers and program graduates.

The program will be delivered over the course of 47 weeks, including 40 weeks of theory, and 7 weeks of community practice education. The theory component is delivered entirely online. In total, the entire program consists of 1318 hours of training.

CWRG Eligibility Criteria

Participants must:

  • Currently reside in B.C.; (Okanagan, Island or Kootenays regions);
  • Be Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents or Protected Persons entitled to work in Canada;
  • Be in possession of a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN);
  • Be unemployed, or employed part-time*, seasonally, casually, or precariously**;
  • Have not participated in any other CWRG funded training projects in the last 12 months or be currently enrolled in any other federally or provincially funded training programs at the start of the project;

*Part-time is defined as those employed 30 hours or less per week.
**Precariously is defined as those who are employed but at risk of losing a job and in need of training for a new job.

Stenberg College Admissions Prerequisites

The above are the minimum eligibility requirements potential participants must meet before moving forward with the application process.

Additional admission requirements are set by Stenberg College in line with their standard admission prerequisites, including:

  • 19 years of age or grade 12 graduation
  • Passing Stenberg College entrance examination for reading and spelling or successful completion of English 12 or higher
  • Successful completion of Stenberg College’s online Computer Skills Entrance test
  • Passing a verbal test if English is an additional language
  • Completion of a Criminal Record Consent Form under the Criminal Record Review Act

Key Dates

Pre-screening/interviews: Actively accepting applications.

Skills training dates:

  • September 5, 2023 – August 5, 2024

How to Apply

If you meet the minimum CWRG Eligibility Criteria & Stenberg College Admissions Prerequisites, please click here to apply.

General Enquiries

For general enquiries or assistance, please contact BCCPA Programs department:

Phone: 604-736-4233 ext. 246

About Therapeutic Recreation Assistants

Learn More

Learn more about Stenberg College’s TRA Program here.


BCCPA has obtained grant funding from the Community Workforce Response Grant (CWRG) to train TRAs in regions across the province (Okanagan, Island, and Kootenays) via Stenberg College's TRA Diploma (Gerontology Specialization) Program.

The funding allows BCCPA to fully fund the Diploma tuition cost for participants, as well as provide an up to $5000 in additional financial supports during training.

Students enrolled in the program will receive skills training by way of an industry recognized curriculum for TRAs.
TRAs develop, facilitate and measure programming for older adults. Through their role, TRAs promote health, increase self-esteem, increase enjoyment and life satisfaction and develop personal independence through leisure education, client interventions, community development, partnership, physical activity and fall prevention.

By using a person-centred approach, TRAs assist each individual in pursuing past recreational and leisure activities while also learning new ones. 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.

Becoming a TRA can be a great career choice for internationally educated health care professionals, or care aides who want something more creative or less physical.

Learn more about Stenberg College’s TRA Program here.
The theory component is delivered entirely online. The practical component of the program will be conducted in-person at participating care homes that remain outbreak free.

Students are expected at all times to comply with Provincial Health Orders related to COVID-19, and to follow all infection prevention and control procedures while in care settings.
Due to current orders mandated by B.C. health officials, all students entering the TRA Training Program will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except where a permitted medical reason exists*. As clinical will take place in long-term care and assisted living settings, this mandate protects students, staff, families, and vulnerable residents in care.

*Medical exemptions are determined by B.C. Health Officials and BCCPA cannot guarantee any exemptions will be made. Learn more about scope of medical exemptions here.

Last updated: July 4, 2023
The TRA Training Program is delivered over the course of 47 weeks, with 40 weeks of theory (25 hours/week + homework assignments) and 7 weeks of full-time, on-site practice education.

In total, the entire program consists of 1318 hours of training.
Through the onset and completion of the program and finding employment in the field, grant recipients will share their participant success story to highlight how the program has benefitted them. Further, students will be expected to complete a final student outcomes evaluation survey and provide any follow up outcomes information post-program completion.
As a CWRG recipient, the full cost of the TRA Diploma Program tuition is covered through the grant funds. Additionally, participants are eligible to receive up to $5,000 in additional participant financial supports to help eliminate barriers to their successful program completion, such as childcare, transportation and other eligible training supports.
Older adults are the fastest-growing age group in Canada, resulting in an urgent and growing need for professionals who can support and promote optimal health for this generation.

As a TRA, you’ll find opportunities for employment in:
- Long-term care
- Assisted living
- Community & senior centres
- Adult day centres
- Rehabilitation centres
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