Three routes to becoming Registered

There are qualifying categories of initial application for entry into the Registry of Collegiate Recreational Professionals, based on an applicant’s college education and related experience.

Category A: Applicants with a Master’s degree

Required experience: Master’s degree in a field relevant to the field of collegiate recreational sports and no less than two years of full-time experience working in any recreational sport administration setting—campus, community, commercial, corporate, military, correctional, outdoor OR one year of full-time experience and CRSS.* All applicants with a Master’s degree will be asked as part of their application to provide a statement of how this degree is relevant to the applicant’s experiences in the field of collegiate recreational sports.

OR: Master’s degree in a non-relevant field AND 10 or more years of full-time experience working in any recreational sport administration setting—campus, community, commercial, corporate, military, correctional, outdoor.

Category B: Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field

Required experience: Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to the field of collegiate recreational sports and no less than three years of full-time experience working in any recreational sport administration setting—campus, community, commercial, corporate, military, correctional, outdoor OR two years of full-time experience and CRSS.* All applicants with a Bachelor’s degree will be asked as part of their application to provide a statement addressing how their degree is relevant to the field of collegiate recreational sports.

AND: Applicants must show that they have earned 2.0 CEUs with representation in all eight of the core knowledge areas.

Category C: Bachelor’s degree in a non-relevant field or applicants with no academic degree

Required experience: No less than four years of full-time experience working in any recreational sport administration setting—campus, community, commercial, corporate, military, correctional, outdoor.

AND: Applicants must show that they have earned 4.0 CEUs with representation in all eight of the core competency areas.

Two years of Graduate Assistant experience in collegiate recreation is equivalent to one year of full-time professional experience.

* The Certified Recreational Sports Specialist (CRSS) program was adjourned in 2005; the test offered to obtain this NIRSA certification is no longer administered.

Degrees that have been designated as relevant to the field of collegiate recreation are: Exercise Science, Higher Education/Student Affairs Administration, Physical Education/Kinesiology, Recreation Management/Leisure Studies, and Sport Management/Administration.