Examination

For ATRs Seeking Board Certification

ATRs Who Have Passed the ATCBE for State Licensure
Registered Art Therapists (ATRs) in good standing may apply for Board Certification (ATR-BC) through ATCB and a passing score on the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE) is one of the requirements for those seeking certification. If you have passed the ATCBE for state licensure within the past three years (36 months) you may submit a copy of your ATCBE results along with the ATR-BC Application for ATRs Who Have Passed the ATCBE for State Licensure.

ATRs Who Do Not Have Qualifying ATCBE Scores
If you are an ATR who would like to become Board Certified (ATR-BC), if your ATR status is current and in good standing and you have not passed the ATCBE for state licensure within the past three years (36 months), you may apply for the ATR-BC using one of two applications, the Standard ATR-BC Application or the Board Certification Application for ATRs Planning to Participate in Computer-based Testing.

The Standard ATR-BC Application is for ATRs who would like to take the examination on the national examination date, in conjunction with the AATA conference and in a paper-pencil format. This exam is offered in several cities nation-wide one time per year and the basic fee is $235 or $260, depending on time of application. To take the ATCBE for Board Certification, an ATR must

  1. be a current ATR, in good standing with ATCB
  2. complete the Board Certification application, attach payment, and mail it in by the postmark deadline

The 2014 administration of the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE) is scheduled for July 12, 2014 in the following cities:

San Antonio, TX (AATA Conference)New York, NY
Los Angeles, CARochester, NY
Albuquerque, NMLouisville, KY
Baltimore, MD

ATCB Special Examination Accommodations Policy

ATRs planning to take the ATCBE for the purpose of Board Certification (ATR-BC) needing special testing accommodations may refer to the Special Exam Accommodations Request Form on page 4 of the Standard ATR-BC Application for more information and instructions.

The Certification Application for ATRs Planning to Participate in Computer-based Testing offers testing dates and locations in addition to the national examination date and locations participating on those dates. Through this opportunity, ATRs may choose to test through a computer-based format at one of the 170 testing centers throughout the U.S. The application fee for this Board Certification application is $450. Special Exam Accommodation instructions are included in the application for those needing this information.

Each year, there are three time periods, called "windows" during which an ATR may test through this option. Each window has a deadline by which ATCB must receive the completed application for Board Certification. In 2014, the three testing windows and associated deadlines are:

Testing WindowDeadline by which Computer-based
testing application must be received
January 6-20, 2014December 6, 2013
March 3-15, 2014February 3, 2014
September 8-20, 2014August 8, 2014

Please note that no examinee may take the ATCBE more than 3 times in any 12 month period and there may be further restrictions for state examinees due to specific state requirements.

For State Licensure Applicants Needing to Take the ATCBE

In some states, a passing score on the ATCBE is a necessary part of the application process. State approval is required in order to test for state licensure. Please refer to the state-by-state information provided here:

Kentucky Licensure Candidates
If you have been approved to take the ATCBE as a requirement for licensure in Kentucky, please click here for the Kentucky Licensure Exam Registration Form. Please be advised that you are required to submit a copy of your approval letter from the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Professional Art Therapists along with the completed registration form and payment. In addition, your name must be included on the list of approved candidates that the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Professional Art Therapists provides to ATCB for this purpose.

Maryland Licensure Candidates

Please contact Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists who will provide the registration form for the ATCBE to the applicants approved to sit for the exam for state licensure purposes. Applicants will submit the registration form along with their payment and state approval letter to ATCB. Board contact information: Phone 410-764-4732, Fax 410-358-1610 and their web address is: www.dmh.maryland.ogv/bopcgv/bopc.

New Mexico Licensure Candidates

If you are approved to test as an applicant for New Mexico’s licensure as a Professional Art Therapist, please contact the New Mexico Counseling & Therapy Practice Board to obtain the registration form for the ATCBE. Submit the completed registration form along with payment and a copy of the approval letter from the NM Board no later than May 28, 2014. ATCB will also receive a list of approved candidate from the Counseling & Therapy Practice Board. You can reach the New Mexico Counseling & Therapy Practice Board by phone (505) 476-4622, FAX (505) 476-4645, email: counselingboard@state.nm.us . The NM Board’s web address is: www.rld.state.nm.us

New York Licensure Candidates
If you have been approved to take the ATCBE as a requirement for licensure in New York, please click here for the New York Licensure Exam Registration Form. Please be advised that you are required to submit a copy of your approval letter from the New York Office of Professions along with the completed registration form and payment. In addition, your name must be included on the list of approved candidates that the New York Office of the Professions provides to ATCB for this purpose. If you are approved to test by the New York Office of the Professions and you are interested in participating in Computer-based Testing, please contact ATCB at atcbinfo@atcb.org for more information.

Special Examination Accommodations for State Examinees

If you are planning to test for state licensure and in need of testing accommodations, you must contact your state licensure board for information regarding testing accommodations. ATCB cannot provide accommodations without approval from your state licensure board.

Preparing for the ATCBE

A preparation guide was developed by the Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc. (ATCB) to provide information to art therapists who plan to take the ATCBE. Its purpose is to assist art therapists develop their respective individual approaches in preparation for taking the ATCBE; however, enhanced performance on the examination is neither expressed nor implied. The ATCB does not endorse, nor recommend any study guide published by any other group or individual not directly related to the ATCB.

About the ATCB Job Analysis
In 2008 and again in 2012, the ATCB completed a national job analysis to provide a basis for the continuing development of the ATCBE, ensuring that the content of the examination is job related. The primary goal of this study, to develop a base of art therapy job activities for the continuing development of a criterion-referenced examination was accomplished. Each form of the examination follows specific test specifications, thus providing evidence to support decisions regarding candidates' ability to perform the art therapists' job. To view an executive summary of the 2008 Job Analysis Survey, click here.

ATCBE Examination Statistics
The July 2011 ATCBE was administered to one hundred thirty two (132) examinees, including seventy-six (76) candidates for Board Certification (ATR-BC). The examination matched the test specifications, thereby providing substantial evidence in support of content validity. Upon administration, the psychometric characteristics of the examination were appropriate. Statistical Summary data for the ATR-BC candidates who participated in the July administration is available for review by clicking here.

For additional information about the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination, please contact the ATCB National Office at 877-213-2822.