Board Certification (ATR-BC)

"It was an asset when I applied for a new job last year. The additional credentials conveyed greater professionalism." -Amy Wysocki, ATR-BC

To maintain your status as a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC), you must:

  • Adhere to the ATCB Code of Ethics, Conduct, and Disciplinary Procedures.
  • Pay the annual maintenance fee (please see fee chart).
  • Complete the renewal process each year.
  • Recertify every 5 years, either through accruing Continuing Education Credits or passing the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE).

The purpose of the ATR-BC recertification process is to ensure that you continue to meet the high standards exhibited by this credential. The five-year recertification requirement, an industry-standard time frame, ensures that ATR-BCs are current in maintaining the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate proficiency in the field, in order to protect the public.

To be recertified, you must complete the recertification application, verifying the accrual of 100 qualifying continuing education credits during the five-year certification cycle or re-take and pass the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE), which is updated annually.

The ATCB recognizes a variety of CEC activities. These activities are clearly outlined in the recertification standards provided to all ATR-BCs in their recertification year. A minimum of six CECs must be earned in the area of ethics each cycle.

Keeping documentation of earned CECs is essential for your recertification application. A random sample of 10% or more of all recertifiers are audited each year. Acceptable documentation may be in the form of academic transcripts, certificates of attendance from recognized providers or other proof as outlined in the recertification standards. A CEC tracking form is a convenient way to document CEC hours and is required if you are audited.

The payment of annual fees is required to maintain your credential. There is no additional fee for Board Certification above the required annual $100 fee for ATR maintenance (please see fee chart).

Your annual renewal notice will be sent to you in May of each year and is due by June 30. A late fee will be charged if the fee is not received by June 30. If it is not paid by October 1, and/or if the Disciplinary & Litigation History section of the renewal process is not completed & submitted, your credential will lapse. You may not use the ATR-BC designation if your credential lapses. If your credential has lapsed for more than three years, you will no longer hold the ATR-BC, and must seek reinstatement

See the ATR-BC Application Handbook for details

View the Fee chart for all ATCB fees

Read the Frequently Asked Questions