As part of our commitment to art therapy's competent and ethical practice through the credentialing of art therapy professionals, the Art Therapy Credentials Board will soon upgrade our processing systems. Detailed information about the new system will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

In preparation for implementing these upgrades, we will no longer accept application materials via mail as of February 19, 2021. Please send all application materials to the email system the ATCB implemented in 2020. All application materials mailed to the National Office will be returned to the sender. Detailed information about application submission via email can be found here:

If you have extenuating circumstances and are unable to use email, please contact Executive Director LeeAnn Mandrillo.


Required Education for the ATCS

Before applying for the ATCS, you must hold the ATR-BC for a minimum of 24 months. Retaining the ATR-BC is also one of the conditions for maintaining your ATCS credential.

There are two options for attaining the ATCS certification and each has different requirements for experience as a supervisor.

Education-Based Path: Applicants are required to have completed a minimum of 100 hours of clinical supervision of supervisees providing art therapy services.


A 3-semester hour course or a minimum of 35 continuing education credit hours of supervision.

If you have not completed a course in clinical supervision with a minimum of 3 semester hours of graduate-level credit from a regionally or nationally accredited institution, continuing education credits are required. The continuing education credits must meet ATCB recertification standards in place at the time of application.


Experience-Based Path: Applicants are required to have completed a minimum of 36 months and 500 hours of experience as a clinical supervisor of supervisees providing art therapy services.

Both paths to ATCS also require a letter of endorsement from a current ATR-BC to attest to your competence as a supervisor and a draft of the Professional Disclosure Statement you intend to use with supervisees.

Details about the requirements are described in the current ATCS Application Handbook.