The Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE) is a national exam taken for Board Certification and, in some cases, needed for state licensure.

The testing is done in two ways: the standard paper-and-pencil option and the computer-based option.

While ATCB does not provide or endorse study materials, we do offer a preparation guide to assist prospective examinees.

If you are a current ATR seeking Board Certification, simply complete the correct application.

The standard paper-and-pencil test is held annually in conjunction with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) conference. It is administered at or near the AATA conference site, and on the same date in several other cities across the U.S. The basic fee is $235 or $260, depending on time of application.

Standard ATR-BC Application

The 2016 administration of the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE) is scheduled for July 9, 2016 in the following cities:

Albuquerque, NM Los Angeles, CA
Baltimore, MD (AATA Conference) New York, NY
Chicago, IL Rochester, NY
Louisville, KY

There is an additional opportunity to take the ATCBE this year that coincides with the Expressive Therapies Summit in New York, NY on November 12, 2016. Please return your completed Expressive Therapies Summit Exam Registration Form and payment by September 30, 2016.

The computer-based test is offered during several windows of time each year at over 500 designated testing centers throughout the U.S. The fee is $450.

Application for Computer-based ATR-BC Testing

In 2016, the testing windows and associated deadlines are:

Testing Window Deadline by which Computer-based
testing application must be postmarked
March 7 - 19, 2016 February 5, 2016
May 2 – 14, 2016 April 1, 2016
September 6 - 19, 2016 August 5, 2016

Please note that no examinee may take the ATCBE more than 3 times in any 12 month period, whether for board certification or licensure. Individual states may have further restrictions regarding re-testing for licensure applicants.

Test By Exception

Test By Exception is available for candidates wishing to have the examination administered outside the regularly scheduled time frame. The administration fee for Test By Exception is $300 in addition to the regular examination fee. The candidate must submit the request in writing with three (3) dates that they are available to sit for the examination that are at least sixty (60) days later than the date of the request. The ATCB will evaluate the request for accommodation and render a decision within thirty (30) days of its receipt.