RRT vs. CRT Is a Non-Issue
I write an opinion blog. Everyone has an opinion. I know this, and I know that each time I write, some will agree and some disagree. Some people just take pleasure in spreading rumors to stir the pot. This seems to be the case of some of those on Facebook -- in particular, a relatively new group to the RT scene which has done little more than cause trouble since it came about. The group in question, which I will not name, is hammering away on subjects that create a lot of "likes", but have little substance. One issue is the RRT vs. CRT issue.
It is time for the RRT vs. CRT issue to go away. Whichever side you are on, if you are still arguing it after all this time, you are providing a service to no one. You are a pot stirrer, and nothing else. Period. New rules being talked about by the NBRC and AARC are not aimed at getting rid of CRTs. They are only aimed at cutting down the number of tests a person will take to get credentials. I called the AARC and had them explain it to me, which they did. They were kind enough to send me the slide show by the NBRC explaining how it would all work. CRTs are not in danger of losing jobs. Rather than take two tests, a person out of school would take one. You get a lower score, you are a CRT. You get a higher score, you're an RRT. That's it! Depending on how well you studied, there could be an increase in CRTs because some do not test well, or there could be an increase in the number of RRTs because you are so smart out of school you will score well. In the end, RRTs, you are stuck with CRTs, and CRTs, your job is secure.
In my opinion, this is a step in the right direction, and although I have often criticized the AARC and the NBRC, this example demonstrates that in some areas, they are, in fact, taking charge and showing some leadership. Now it is up to us, the therapists, whether CRT or RRT, to endorse these ideas and move on. The CRT vs. RRT argument is old and does nothing but damage the entire profession. Really, if all you have to complain about is your credentials, you're doing OK.
That's just my opinion,
Jim Thacker, MHA, CRT, AE-C