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 dates. The basic fee is $235 or $260, depending on time of application.

In 2016, there is an additional opportunity to take the ATCBE which coincides with the Expressive Therapies Summit in New York, NY on November 12, 2016. The application deadline is September 30, 2016. Space is limited, and registrations will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

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 Francisco, 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

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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