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 is upgrading our processing systems. Access to MyATCB will be down beginning 5:00pm on Thursday, April 15 until 8:00am Monday, April 19, as we migrate to our new database and website.

REMINDER: we are no longer accepting application materials via mail. 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: atcb.org/info.

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

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Registered Art Therapist (ATR)

Becoming a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) requires the completion of qualifying master's level education (including art therapy core curriculum, supervised practicum and internship experiences) and post-education supervised clinical experience.

Candidates submit their application to the ATCB and, if certified, you will be notified that your ATR application has been approved. You may then use the ATR professional designation.

Candidates must respond truthfully to all questions in the Disciplinary and Litigation history section of the ATR application. If you have current or past disciplinary or legal events that require you to respond "yes" to any of the questions, copies of the charge documents and follow-up documents must be included, along with your written account of the event(s). This information should be placed in an envelope marked "Disciplinary and Litigation History," sealed and included with your application packet. All ATCB applicants and credential holders agree to abide by the ATCB Code of Ethics, Conduct, and Disciplinary Procedures and report any issues to ATCB in writing.

After your application is submitted to the ATCB, it will be reviewed and you will be notified if your ATR application has been approved. Once approved, you may then use the ATR professional designation.

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. Detailed information about application submission via email can be found here: atcb.org/info.

If you have extenuating circumstances and are unable to use email, please contact Executive Director LeeAnn Mandrillo at leeann@atcb.org.

ATR Application Handbook (PDF)

The ATR application process is the culmination of your education and supervised practice as to become an art therapist. The ATR Application Handbook explains all of the requirements for the ATR application and contains the required forms.

Review the ATR Application Handbook in its entirety prior to beginning the application process. You must apply for the ATR online and then submit your official documentation via email.

Be sure all requirements are completed and documented prior to applying for the ATR credential. If you have any questions about the application or credentialing process, please contact us at atcbinfo@atcb.org or (877) 213-2822.

Please check our COVID19 for important updates on the pandemics' impact on the application process.

Please do not mail your application materials, please refer to the application handbooks and COVID updates on submitting applications via email toapplications@atcb.org.

Application updates can be found on your MyATCB account. As a result of mail delays and COVID impacts the application review period will be 8-12 weeks once an application achieves "in review" status.

Applications are nonrefundable and nontransferable.