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DTA Full Memberships

Full Member Uni Qualified Diversional Therapist


A member must hold an accepted university qualification as specified and defined by the DTA Board and in the current policy. DTA recognises only these members as Diversional Therapists.

Full Member Diploma Qualified

A member must hold an accepted vocational level Diploma qualification as specified and defined by the DTA Board and in the current policy. DTA recognises these members work under a variety of titles including DT Coordinator, Therapeutic Recreation Supervisor, Recreational Activities Coordinator and many more. DTA advises that they do not work under the title Diversional Therapist, in keeping with other allied health professions which require a university qualification.

Full Member Cert IV Qualified


A member must hold an accepted vocational Cert IV qualification as specified and defined by the DTA Board and in the current policy. DTA recognises these members work under a variety of titles including DT Assistant, Therapeutic Recreation Assistant, Leisure and Health Support Worker, Recreational Activities Officer and many more. DTA advises that they do not work under the title Diversional Therapist, in keeping with other allied health professions which require a university qualification.


Full Member Level 1


This DTA Full membership category refers to those members who were transferred across under the “grandfather clause” of 2009 offering them the same qualification with DTA, the national body, that they previously had with their state body (pre DTA being formed and state bodies being closed). This implies that they may not hold formal qualifications that would currently be accepted as a current membership type ie. Uni degree or associate degree, Vocational level Diploma or Cert IV. These members hold Full Membership under this category as was agreed at the time of the changeover to the national body. These people are highly respected and experienced in their field and were originally granted “Level 1” membership – the highest level at the time. This membership category closed in Jan 2015 when the new membership classification system, based on specific qualifications, was fully adopted.

No new members are given this membership and most Level 1 Members held a vocational level Cert IV, Diploma or Uni qualification and transferred across to the appropriate new membership category in January 2015. There are still a very small number of Level 1 Members who are still fully recognised by DTA. This membership category should not be known as “Diversional Therapist” without holding the university qualification, although this is a matter for the individual and their employer as they did hold this title until January 2015 as “Level 1” was seen to imply a university qualification.


Full Member Level 2


The DTA Full membership category, Level 2 Membership refers to those members who were transferred across under the “grandfather clause” of 2009 offering them the same qualification with DTA, the national body, that they previously had with their state body (pre DTA being formed and state bodies being closed). This implies that they may not hold formal qualifications that would currently be accepted as a current membership type ie. Vocational level Diploma or Cert IV. These members hold Full Membership under this category as was agreed at the time of the changeover to the national body. These people are highly respected and experienced in their field and were originally granted “Level 2” membership – the accepted entry level membership at the time. This membership category closed in Jan 2015 when the new membership classification system, based on specific qualifications, was fully adopted.

No new members are given this membership and most Level 2 Members held a vocational level Cert IV or Diploma and transferred across to the appropriate new membership category in January 2015. There are still a small number of Level 2 Members who are still fully recognised by DTA. This membership category should not be known as “Diversional Therapist”.


Full Member Life Member


DTA recognises and honours the Life Memberships registered with DTA in 2009. These members are Full DTA Members who have been honoured with Life Membership status by the state bodies in existence before 2009 at the commencement of the national body. These members have contributed enormously to the development and eventual creation of the national body over decades of extraordinary voluntary work to better the profession. They have been honoured with individual Certificates of Life Membership from DTA. There are no plans to create further Life Members of DTA.