Student Page

Welcome to the CSRT Student Page!

This page was recently created to bring all information and resources for RT Students into one place on our website. We are still working on this page and will continue to add and develop sections.

The CSRT offers students premium educational and networking resources, as well as a long list of other member benefits.



Student Membership & FAQ

What is CSRT Student Membership?

An individual who is training in a respiratory therapy program is eligible for CSRT Student Membership.

For a one-time low membership fee of $100, membership runs from the day the student joins to the end of the membership year (March 31st) in which they graduate.

CSRT Student Members benefit from and have access to:

  • Receive a certificate of registry and pin upon the successful completion of the CBRC national certification examination
  • Professional liability insurance coverage is extended 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.
  • PLI coverage is available FOR PURCHASE to 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.
  • Online professional development education available through the member portal that includes online training, past webinars, access to courses, and other educational material
  • Complimentary live webinars
  • Access to discussion forums and workspaces through the member portal
  • An online credit tracking platform available through the member portal to manage professional development activities
  • Deeply discounted registration for the Annual CSRT Conference
  • Online membership renewal and registration to CSRT events
  • A monthly debit plan to facilitate paying for national association dues, provincial association dues and provincial licensing fees
  • 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

Go to the Join the CSRT page
How do I join the CSRT?
How does professional liability insurance work for CSRT Student Members?

Professional liability insurance (PLI) for CSRT Student Members during their CLINICAL YEAR:
Professional liability insurance coverage is extended 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.

Professional liability insurance (PLI) for NEW GRADUATES:
PLI coverage is available FOR PURCHASE to 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.

Who do I contact for questions regarding the CBRC exam?
For all questions relating to the Canadian Board for Respiratory Care (CBRC) exam, please contact the CBRC directly.

If you are in an unregulated jurisdiction (BC,PEI, the Territories), please refer to CBRC exam eligibility requirements to earn the CSRT RRT credential.
I just graduated from my program but have not yet written the CBRC exam. Can I still join as a Student Member?
Yes, you can join as a Student Member if you have not yet written the CBRC exam. For a one-time low membership fee of $100, membership runs from the day you join to the end of the membership year (March 31st) in which you graduate.

If you have already written the CBRC exam, you must join as a Registered Member if you passed the exam and Associate Member if your attempt was unsuccessful.
Can I work in another Canadian province or territory after I graduate?
Yes! There is a reciprocity agreement between all respiratory therapy regulatory bodies in Canada. They will recognize your license if you are moving to from one regulated province to another. (You may be required to do some additional assessments or provide further documentation - this is up to the discretion of each licensing body.)

If you are moving from a regulated province to an unregulated province (where the employer is the de facto regulator), you may be required to show proof of your valid CSRT membership.

If you are moving from an unregulated jurisdiction to a regulated province, you will be required to provide documentation in order to apply for a license. Please contact the regulatory body in the province you are interesting in working in to learn about their requirements.

Can I apply for the Student Perspective position on the CSRT Board of Directors?
Yes! This member of the Board provides leadership with respect to issues of importance to CSRT student members.

Please note: each nominee must be a Student Member of the CSRT and a 1st year RT student of a 3-year program OR a 2nd year RT student of a 4-year program.

The current term is May 2020 to May 2022, a call for nominations will be issued in autumn 2021.


Meet Your Student Voice: CSRT Board Member Nicole Juen

My Name is Nicole Juen and I am a student at Fanshawe College in London.

In my position as Student Perspective on the CSRT Board, I firmly believe in the impact students can make in shaping the nature of the profession and future educational programs. I advocate for students as their eyes, ears, and voting-thumb representing all SRTs across Canada. As most SRTs begin their educational training, we have no previous knowledge, or very little knowledge, of respiratory or patient care. I believe that makes us most open to curiosity and creativity – asking questions that perhaps have not been asked or coming up with fresh ideas that have yet to be thought of. My broad experience in communicating and building relationships with others, as well as working in a team environment make me a strong liaison between the students and the Board. Ultimately, I believe that we, as students, represent progress and it is our responsibility to be heard.

Prior to becoming a Student Respiratory Therapist, I came from an eclectic academic background. I graduated with an Honours Specialization in Psychology from Western University, proceeded by neuroimaging research in functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and electroencephalography at Lawson Health Research Institute. Through my time at Lawson, I had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects with multidisciplinary teams, co-author peer- reviewed publications, and present at international conferences. It was a tremendous learning experience; however, I felt drawn toward health care and the prospect of creating direct, positive changes by working dynamically with patients. From these experiences, I decided to gather experience working directly with people in a one-on-one setting. Through professional certified physical and lifestyle coaching, I worked carefully to help people pursue their goals of overall health and wellness while concurrently taking additional part-time university courses in order to enter the health care field. I discovered Respiratory Therapy, and everything I learned about it resonated with my goals and the career I sought. I strongly consider research to be fundamental to patient care outcomes and advancing the profession. I recently presented a session as part of the 2020 CSRT E-Conference Series, and hope to conduct research in addition to my clinical work in the future.


Find Your Program's Student Rep

School / Program Rep’s Name(s)
Algonquin College of Applied Arts & Technology Coming soon
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Jezica Jeeva, Luxmy Navaretnam
Dalhousie University Caitlyn White, Beckie Luddington
Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology Camryn Van Hoof, Hailey Mohr
La Cité Désirée Pelletier Bordeleau
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Matthew Kwiatkowski, Melanie Damphouse
New Brunswick Community College Matthew Gray
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Lauren Moore, Braden Beler
St. Clair College Grace Cox, Taylor Ross
The Michener Institute Kellie Marie Cabral Melo, Raquel Farache, Thao Le Thu (Maria) Nguyen, Hannah Hart
Thompson Rivers University Jalin Kimpton-Cuellar, Mario Gunther, Leann May Climaco, Rachel Tillack
University of Manitoba Emily Lambert, Lisa Thomas
Vanier College Ange-Cédric N'Zi
A complete list of all RT programs in Canada can be found here.



May 5-7, 2021

CSRT 2021 Virtual Conference
As a result of the ongoing pandemic, the CSRT 2021 Annual Conference will be held virtually. Although we were looking forward to welcoming you in beautiful Banff, AB, we are happy to bring great conference content directly to you!

The CSRT 2021 Annual Conference will bring you all the elements you value and look forward to from CSRT conferences. Some highlights include three days of educational sessions, an interactive virtual exhibit hall, multiple networking opportunities and social events. This is a great opportunity to learn from and support your peers and future colleagues, while earning CE credits!
CSRT Student members have free access to all sessions of the CSRT 2021 Virtual Conference.
The full program and link to register are available here.

October 24-30, 2021

RT Week
Celebrate your profession! Visit the RT Week page for ideas and resources.


Contests and Promos!

This section is updated every autumn.
CSRT Back to School Contest

If you have not already done so, we invite you to join this Fall so that your name can be entered into draws to win prizes!

4 Prize Draws in 2020:
- September 30th
- October 30th
- November 30th
- December 16th

The September, October and November draws are all for CASH. The September draw is for $50, October is $100 and November is $150. The earlier you register, the more draws you are entered in!

If you are a Student Member as of December 16th, 2020, you will be entered into a draw to win a full conference prize pack, which includes free conference registration, travel and accommodation!
Due to COVID-19, the CSRT were unable to host the usual Student RT Week Contest.

The current pandemic means that Students have had to adapt to a new reality. We may feel further apart than ever and the CSRT wants to help us foster a sense of togetherness: Students from across Canada are spending more time in virtual classrooms and face unique challenges. Let’s show that although we are physically separated, we are in this together! We invite you to submit pictures or a short 15-30 second video that represent your new reality as a Student. Suggestions include a screenshot of you and your classmates learning virtually, a video showcasing you wearing your PPE in the lab, your virtual set up at home, your virtual RT Week celebrations, etc. (If the picture or video contains more than one person, please make sure you have everyone’s permission before submitting it, and, as always, pictures that include patients or clients will not be accepted.) Submit your picture(s) and/or video by November 6th to be included in an inspirational video collage to be shared with all the RT programs.

Thank you for sharing your pictures and videos! Below is a short montage:


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