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.

>> New Grads who are CSRT Student Members can purchase PLI through the Store inside the Member Portal. <<

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.


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

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 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
A complete list of all RT programs in Canada can be found here.



February 4, 2022 at 6:30 PM EST

CSRT Student Night: Developing Your Professional Image
Join us for a free virtual event! Learn how to present yourself professionally through your resumé & online. Stay for a networking event and meet your student colleagues. Presenters: Norm Tiffin, FCSRT, President IPAC Consulting; Farzad Refahi, RRT, CRE, FCSRT @FarzadRRT

To register, click here or log into the member portal and click on the Events tab).

May 12-14, 2022

CSRT Annual Conference
For more information, visit the CSRT Conference page.

October 23-29, 2022

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 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!
Caring Cameos: Starring You!

Deadline: Friday, November 5th, 2021

In these difficult times, we all need a little pick-me-up! This year, for RT Week, we invite you to cheer on your peers by creating a 5-10 second video to help keep everyone motivated.

Send a general shout-out, motivational words, pep talk or inspirational message to RTs in general, or to other students who are feeling isolated as they study from home, are doing their clinical without the traditional encouragement of their classmates or who are just entering an RT program and don’t have the usual networking and supports in place.

You can submit by yourself, with your program or class or as a group!

Send your submissions to

We will make a montage with your submissions and share it with everyone in November!

Thank you for sharing your pictures and videos in 2020! Below is a short montage from last year:


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