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.

Standard Paper-and-Pencil Exam

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. Please refer to the map below for the 2017 testing sites. The fee is $235 or $260, depending on time of application.

September 1, 2017 is the early deadline to apply for Board Certification and take the paper-pencil administration of the ATCB Examination on November 11, 2017. The final deadline is September 29, 2017. ATRs applying for Board Certification by the September 1 deadline save $25 off the regular fee of $260.

Unless you are approved to take the ATCB Examination for licensure in New York, New Mexico, Maryland or Kentucky, the only way to test is by first obtaining the Registered Art Therapist (ATR) credential. If you are not already an ATR, your complete ATR application packet must be received in the ATCB National Office no later than August 1, 2017 if you intend to apply for Board Certification by September 29 and take the ATCBE on November 11. Individuals planning to test for state licensure must be approved to test by their state's licensure board.

The 2017 administration of the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE) is scheduled for November 11, 2017 in the following cities:

  • Albuquerque, NM (AATA)
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Caldwell, NJ
  • Louisville, KY
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • New York, NY
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Rochester, NY
  • San Jose, CA

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 $450.

In 2017, the testing windows and associated deadlines are:

Testing Window

Application Deadline

January 2 - 14, 2017

December 2, 2016

March 6 - 18, 2017

February 3, 2017

June 5 - 17, 2017

May 5, 2017

September 5 - 18, 2017

August 4, 2017

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.


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