Membership & Certification

Below you will find answers to our most frequently asked questions about the CTR certification.  If you cannot find your answer below please visit or contact us.

Do I have to be an NCRA member to be certified?

No.  Non-members are required to pay a CTR maintenance fee on an annual basis of $105.00/year. The NCRA member-rate CTR Maintenance fee is $25.00/year.


What is the CTR Maintenance fee and who is required to pay it?

All CTRs must pay a maintenance fee on an annual basis.  Regardless of when you submit your CE hours, the CE maintenance fee annually supports post-certificate activities by NCRA.  NCRA members receive a discount off of their CTR maintenance fee.   The fee covers NCRA taking care of CTRs year-round, including, but not limited to: safely and securely maintaining individuals’ CTR credentials; providing timely answers to questions about the CTR program; offering a formal process for employers to verify credentials; and providing a list of NCRA-approved CE-eligible programs.

Do my annual membership dues include the CTR Maintenance fee?

No.  However, we strongly recommend that your CTR Maintenance fee be paid at the same time you submit your membership dues payment.

How does non-payment of my dues/fees affect my certification?

For CTRs, it is crucial that annual CTR maintenance fees are sent on time so that your credential is properly maintained.  The consequence of delinquent fees is your credential may be revoked! 


How can I find out when my CE Cycle expire?

A CTR's 2-year cycle ends on December 31st. The deadline to submit required (annual) CTR Maintenance fee &/or (biennial) CE hours is January 31st. CTRs are out of compliance when requirement (s) are not met by February 1st. The CE form expiration date is shown in your profile and can be view once you log in.