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
Student Membership & FAQ
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
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.
>> New Grads who are CSRT Student Members can purchase PLI through the Store inside the Member Portal. <<
If you are in an unregulated jurisdiction (BC,PEI, the Territories), please refer to CBRC exam eligibility requirements to earn the CSRT RRT credential.
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.
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.
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.
Join the CSRT as a Student Member
New Grads are eligible for Professional Liability Insurance! Information can be found on the FAQ section of this page.
Meet Your Student Voice: CSRT Board Member Nicole Juen
Gustavo Perez: Student Perspective on the CSRT Board of Directors
I'll never forget this day. I was twelve years-old, on my elementary school's basketball team. My coach pulls me aside on a time-out and reprimands me for being the only person he'd ever met who was smiling when the other team scored a basket. I'm relieved that I didn't learn from my coach's condemnation. Since then, I've sought to bring a smile, alongside a collaborative, compromising, and novel attitude to every facet of my life.
Professionally, I've prioritized a diversity of experiences, which I hope to bring to this role. I've worked at Chapters and MEC. I've tree-planted in the backcountry of Algonquin Park and dangled, hundreds of feet off the ground, as a high-rise window cleaner. I've worked as a youth worker and even a fine-dining cook. The work I'm most proud of is working at SickKids as a research student on the CHILD cohort study, researching the development of asthma and allergies. More recently, I've worked as the Programs & Operations coordinator for Boreal River Rescue, coordinating the delivery of whitewater and remote-medical rescue training across Canada.
Academically, I've completed a BSc in Health Studies at the University of Waterloo. I am now pursuing this incredible career at Conestoga College. Yet, my best education might have come from outside the classroom. I spent my free time doing what students do: as the president of a volleyball club, a residence don, an orientation-week coordinator, and a faculty endowment fund Chair.
Personally, I’m an avid outdoor and indoor rock climber, I train and strive to scale North America’s most prominent rock faces. My hope for this role is to take my attitude and grab-bag of diverse experiences and introduce a unique perspective as an advocate for the RT profession and a voice for the student experience.
Statement of Intent
What does it really mean to be an RT? Will I enjoy it? Will there be a job for me when I graduate? How has the profession failed to meet the needs of marginalized groups, and what can we do about it? Will advancements in technology make RTs more essential or obsolete?
I come to you sharing some of the same aspirations, insecurities, naivetés, and questions you may have felt as a student. For me, it's crucial that whoever holds this role is deeply invested in the direction of our shared future. As the Student Perspective Director, I intend to jump into the role with more questions than answers. If given the opportunity, I would also like to advocate for proactive initiatives that challenge inertia where it exists. To this end, I feel strongly guided by values of collaboration and compromise while maintaining critical regard for our weaknesses and blind spots.
Most importantly, I want to acknowledge that my ideas alone cannot represent the incredibly diverse student perspective. So, it deeply matters to me that I actively strive to be a mouthpiece for others.
For now, I should probably learn to walk before I can run. But my long-term ambitions include advocating and growing this profession as part of organizations like the CSRT. This profession has come so far in such a short time, and I genuinely believe there is more room left to grow. I hope I'm lucky enough to play a part in building that future.
Find Your Program's Student Rep
|School / Program||Rep’s Name(s)|
|Algonquin College of Applied Arts & Technology||Rachel Hube|
|College of the North Atlantic - Newfoundland||Kaely Marques|
|Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning||Hailey Simon, Sujith Vasanthakumar|
|Dalhousie University||Nicole Peterson|
|Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology||Hailey Mohr, Camryn Van Hoof|
|La Cité||Désirée Pelletier Bordeleau|
|New Brunswick Community College||Matthew Gray|
|Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)||Melanie Damphouse, Matthew Kwiatkowski|
|Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)||Samantha McKey|
|St. Clair College||Melanie Byrne, Rebecca Bryans|
|The Michener Institute||Kaitlyn Evers, Gloria Han, Sahana Nirmaiyan, Isveni Sriskantharajah|
|Thompson Rivers University||Caitlin Pineau|
|University of Manitoba||Mikayla Barkman, Sara Pazernuik|
|Vanier College||Ange-Cédric N'Zi|
April 7, 2022 - Recording available in the CSRT Member Portal, under Video Library
CSRT Student Event: Find your Breath: Building Resiliency in the Respiratory Therapist
Presenter: Dr. Stephanie Dubois
Join us for a free virtual event focused on respiratory therapists entering the profession. Objectives:
- Define and build Awareness of what is Primary & Secondary Traumatic Stress, Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout
- What is the Impact on You
- Review Personal and Professional Strategies
- Discuss the Training of Others and Implementation
Log into the member portal and click on the Video Library to access the recording of this webinar.
Contests and Promos!
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 Annually:
- 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, you will be entered into a draw to win a full conference prize pack, which includes free conference registration, travel and accommodation!