Eligibility Requirements

Policy Approved: November 20th, 2008

Requirements for eligibility to attempt the Canadian Board of Respiratory Care (CBRC) national certification exam for the purposes of obtaining the CSRT RRT credential:

1. Eligibility

All candidates from non-regulated provinces wishing to attempt the CBRC National Certification Examination must have their eligibility verified by the CSRT before they write the exam.

a) Canadian candidates wishing to write the CBRC National Certification Examination must:

i. Have successfully completed the education program from a CoARTE accredited education program in respiratory therapy.

ii. Be a member in good standing with the CSRT (either a Student or Associate member as the case may be).

iii. Complete the exam application and pay the prescribed fees as required by the CBRC.

b) U.S. Candidates

i. Must provide proof of having an RRT credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

ii. Must want to practice in non-regulated jurisdictions (British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Territories).

iii. to be considered eligible for the RRT credential, you must be a member of the CSRT at the time you write the exam. An RRT (NBRC) candidate may join the CSRT as an Associate Member at a cost of $190 Cdn + tax.. A membership application is available in the membership section of the CSRT web site.

Individuals who want to practice in regulated provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland)
Individuals who plan to move to a province where the profession is regulated, these individuals must contact the appropriate regulatory body for their specific requirements to work in that province. Contact information is available on the CSRT website.

2. Application

a) An application for the CBRC National Certification Examination must be submitted to the approved exam corporation. Applications must be received within all published timelines. Please see the CBRC website for details on Candidate Information Manual, fees and deadlines.

b) Separate application to become a member of the CSRT must be received at the office of CSRT 201-2460 Lancaster Rd. Ottawa, ON K1B 4S5 prior to any published deadlines associated with application to the approved exam corporation.

3. Timelines

a) Once eligibility has been determined, the candidate must make the first attempt at writing the CBRC National Certification Examination within eighteen (18) months of their graduation from a CoARTE accredited Respiratory Therapy program.

b) Candidates who have failed their first attempt at the CBRC National Certification Examination are no longer classified as Student members of the CSRT at membership renewal time. Membership status switches to that of Associate at March 31 following their first attempt, at the dues prescribed for that category.

c) Successful completion of the CBRC National Certification Examination must be made within four (4) years of graduation from a CoARTE accredited Respiratory Therapy program.

d) A candidate who does not successfully complete the CBRC National Certification Examination within four (4) years will only be permitted to re-take the examination after successfully re-completing the entire components of a Respiratory Therapy Program at a CoARTE accredited Respiratory Therapy program.

e) Upon successful re-completion of the Respiratory Therapy Program at a CoARTE accredited Respiratory Therapy program, an individual is eligible to attempt the CBRC National Certification Examination for four (4) more years as outlined above.

4. Exceptions

a) An individual that does not meet the above criteria may make a special request in writing to the CSRT Board of Directors for special permission to attempt the CBRC National Certification Examination.