Membership & Benefits

Membership Categories

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Registered Member

An individual holding a valid certificate of registry from the Society, who has paid the applicable annual dues and has received the approval of the Board.

To be eligible for Registered Membership, candidates must fulfill one of the following criteria:

1. RRTs who are members of a Canadian Regulatory Body
For RTs practicing in a regulated province, simply join online (link below). You must include your registry number from your provincial regulatory body.

2. RTs from non-regulated provinces For RTs practicing in a non-regulated province (British Columbia, Prince Edward Island and Territories), the following documents are required and must be uploaded during the membership application process:

  • Proof of graduation from an Accreditation Canada (or CoARTE prior to September 1, 2019) approved respiratory therapy program
  • Proof of successful completion of the exam as provided through the Canadian Board for Respiratory Care (CBRC).

Go to the Join the CSRT page

Associate Member

An individual NOT holding a certificate of registry from the Society and who has paid the applicable annual dues.

Individuals who have not received their respiratory therapy education and training in an approved school in Canada may join the CSRT as an Associate Member. This will keep you informed and connected with the profession of respiratory therapy in Canada. However, please note that membership DOES NOT qualify an individual to WORK as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in Canada and there are no provisions for gaining the CSRT’s Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from outside Canada.

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US RRTs:
Individuals holding the RRT designation from the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) in the United States and intend to move to Canada must satisfy registry requirements according to the process established by each jurisdiction. In Canada there are regulated and non-regulated provinces. An individual who plans to move to a non-regulated province (British Columbia, Prince Edward Island), may earn the CSRT RRT credential through the following process:

  • Join CSRT as an Associate member (link above)
  • Provide NBRC verification of your RRT credential
  • Successfully complete the Canadian national exam (CBRC exam)
Individuals moving to provinces where the profession of respiratory therapy is regulated (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia) must contact the appropriate regulatory body for their specific requirements to work in that province. A list of regulatory bodies' websites is available HERE.

Internationally educated health professionals: Individuals who have not received their respiratory therapy education and training in an approved school here in Canada may join the CSRT as an Associate Member. This will keep you informed and connected with the profession of respiratory therapy in Canada. However, please note that membership alone DOES NOT qualify an individual to WORK as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) here in Canada and there are no provisions for gaining the CSRT’s Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from outside Canada.

Philippines Applicants: If you are a member of the ARCPP, you will be required to enter your promo code at check-out to receive the discount. If you have questions regarding the promo code, please email our membership team before continuing.
Please note that membership to the CSRT alone does not qualify an individual to work as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in Canada and there are no provisions for gaining the CSRT’s Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from outside Canada.
Student Member

An individual who is training in a respiratory therapy program.

For a one-time low membership fee payment, students will be a CSRT Student Member during their education program. This includes:

  • The membership is valid from when the student first joins the CSRT until March 31st of the year following their graduation from an approved respiratory therapy program
  • Receive a certificate of registry and pin upon the successful completion of the CBRC national certification examination
  • Subscription to the Canadian Journal of Respiratory Therapy (CJRT)
  • Professional liability insurance coverage is afforded to Students during their clinical year while working under the direct supervision of a respiratory therapist, who is a CSRT member covered by professional liability insurance.
Did You Know?

Professional liability insurance (PLI) for new graduates: PLI coverage is available for new graduates who are CSRT members and are eligible for restricted licenses in their province, and have started working prior to passing the national exam. An unsuccessful attempt at the National Certification Exam or failure to complete the exam within 12 months of graduation will mean the Professional Liability Insurance will expire at the end of the CSRT insurance policy term and the new graduate will be ineligible for PLI until successfully passing the National Certification Exam.

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Retired Registered Member

NEW! Retired Registered Membership – The Retired Registered membership is available to an RT who had previously qualified for registered membership, has reached the age of 55 and is no longer directly or indirectly involved in the professional practice of respiratory therapy.

Please contact us today to join the CSRT as a Retired Registered Member!
Corporate Member

CSRT corporate membership enables our industry partners to be recognized by our members and other stakeholders as supporters of the CSRT and respiratory therapists nationwide. We’ve listened to your request and suggestions and have taken your suggestion and developed a mutually beneficial membership package specifically for corporate members.

Please contact us today to join the CSRT as a Corporate member!
Distinguished Life Member

Distinguished Life Membership is conferred upon individuals who have provided meritorious service to the CSRT. The conferral of Life Membership represents the highest form of recognition by one’s peers, and is accordingly classified under the CSRT Distinguished Life Membership category. A person who is a CSRT Registered Member and has rendered distinguished services to the society may be honoured by the society to this classification of distinguished membership. The number of Distinguished Life Members at any given time shall not exceed fifteen.

More information about the CSRT Distinguished Life Member Award and list of recipients
Honorary Life Member

Honorary Life Membership is conferred upon individuals who have provided meritorious service to the CSRT. A person who is not otherwise eligible for registered membership in the CSRT, or is an industry partner, an individual who has rendered distinguished service to the profession of respiratory therapy or to the CSRT, may be honoured by the society to this classification of Honorary Life Membership.

More information about the CSRT Honorary Life Member Award and list of recipients

Membership Benefits

 

CSRT members have access to:

  • Professional liability insurance (available to Registered and Student Members)
  • Online professional development education available through the member portal that includes online training, past webinars, access to courses, and other educational material
  • Access to complimentary live webinars
  • An online credit tracking platform available through the member portal to manage professional development activities
  • Discounted registration for the CSRT Annual Education Conference
  • Online membership renewal and registration to CSRT events
  • Access to a monthly debit plan to facilitate paying for national association dues, provincial association dues and provincial licensing fees
  • Opportunity to obtain the CSRT Fellowship designation
  • Opportunity to obtain the CSRT Anesthesia Assistant Certificate
  • Volunteer opportunities to participate in the direction of the Society by sitting on the Board of Directors
  • Advocacy efforts on behalf of members to promote national standards, to offer new opportunities for respiratory therapists and to ensure that health policy makers take into account the respiratory therapists perspective on healthcare policy
  • National standards of practice and a code of ethical and professional conduct
  • Preferred rates for various products and services through CSRT Affinity Partners (see below)

 

Affinity Programs

  • CSRT has teamed up with Prolink to offer its members the option to buy into a monthly plan for extended healthcare benefits, dental benefits, long-term disability etc. For more information please visit their tailored website here.
  • Special gym membership pricing available through GoodLife Fitness to CSRT members. The annual fee of $499 is a steal and includes many perks! (Use your CSRT ID# as your Employee/Member #) Information Sheet & Program FAQ
  • Preferred group rates on Home and Auto insurance through TD Insurance Meloche Monnex. Visit their website for more information.
  • Receive free laser engraving, a free ID tag (SKU 2170 or 2171) and stethoscope carry cases at 1/2 price, with every stethoscope purchase at Stethoscope.ca. Use promo code CSRT2018 when placing your order (you must first put items in your cart and discount will be applied when you check out with the promo code)
  • Exclusive CSRT Travel Discount Program through Local Hospitality, savings may exceed 50%, and average 10-20% below-market on all hotels and car rental suppliers around the world. Any hotel, any car, anywhere, anytime!
  • NEW! Discounted rates from Park’N Fly in airports in Vancouver, Toronto, Montréal, Edmonton, Ottawa and Halifax.
  • Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) (We are currently revisiting this offer, website will be updated soon)
  • Scrubs Canada offers as 10% discount off the purchase price. Use promo code "CSRT" under coupons at checkout

Professional Liability Insurance

IMPORTANT:
- Professional Liability Insurance applies on a “claims-made basis”.
Translation: It only responds if there is an active policy when a claim is reported, not when the incident actually occurred.
- This liability insurance is only valid for claims made and legal proceedings carried out in Canada.
- You must report all incidents and claims as soon as you become aware of them (contact info below).

Professional liability insurance coverage for the April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020 membership year

Professional Liability Insurance

Professional liability insurance is available to CSRT Registered Members and to Student Members who are new graduates eligible for a restricted license and have started working prior to passing the National Certification Exam.

The CSRT is committed to delivering ongoing value and exclusive access to comprehensive and competitively priced Professional Liability Insurance. As the profession, regulatory, and legal environments evolve, so too should your coverage and access to risk management.

As a result, CSRT has negotiated the best possible Professional Liability Insurance for its members this renewal; with greater access to specialist service, evidence-based risk resources, and more.

All registered members now have access to an inclusive $5M option for the period of April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 at a rate that is 40% less than before!

The Value of Having your Own Insurance Policy
We encourage all RTs to hold their own Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) policy. The CSRT PLI policy follows you 24/7 through your full scope of practice as a respiratory therapist and is not limited to your place of employment.

It’s important to be aware that employer’s PLI plans, such as those offered to employees of hospitals and health authorities, may be limited and likely will not cover RTs for volunteer work, work done outside of the employment setting, or when there is a complaint to your regulatory body.

The price below is the new rate for the 2019-2020 membership period.

New ! $5M option - $49
$5,000,000 per claim / $10,000,000 aggregate per year
(plus applicable tax in MB, NL, ON, QC and SK)

Additional Resources

- View the March 2019 Webinar Are You Covered? How the CSRT's Liability Insurance Policy Protects You

- Has an incident occurred? Read this!

For further information on coverage, advice regarding an incident or to obtain a copy of the master policy, please contact:

  BMS Canada Risk Services Ltd. (BMS)
  Toll-Free Telephone: 1-855-318-6558
  Email: csrt.insurance@bmsgroup.com