Examinations

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

The exam is offered via computer-based testing (CBT).

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

Computer-Based Testing (CBT)

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 $275.

In 2019, the testing windows and associated deadlines are:

Testing Window

Application Deadline

March 4 - 23, 2019

February 1, 2019

June 3 - 22, 2019

May 3, 2019

September 3 - 23, 2019

August 2, 2019

December 2 - 21, 2019

November 1, 2019


If you are a current ATR seeking Board Certification, simply complete the correct application by clicking on the link below. Prior to applying, please review the ATR-BC Application Handbook and Official Preparation Guide.

Apply for Board Certification (ATR-BC)


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. As part of the application for Board Certification, the candidate must provide the specific reason for the request. The candidate must provide 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 and must include the names of local community colleges and/or universities at or near the requested test location. The ATCB will evaluate the request for accommodation and render a decision within thirty (30) days of receipt.