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:

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


Board Certification (ATR-BC)

Once you are a Registered Art Therapist (ATR), you may apply to become Board Certified (ATR-BC).

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

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.

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Board Certification provides:

  • The highest credential you can earn as an art therapist.
  • Assurance to employers, clients and the public that you have met rigorous standards.
  • A national credential that is portable from state-to-state and is accredited by the National Commission on Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

In addition, Board Certification is a widely recognized professional designation of the major health and educational professions in the United States. The Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE) is a reliable and valid tool used by the licensing boards of several states.

Becoming a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) is the first step toward earning the ATR-BC. If you have a current ATR credential, no additional education is required to apply for Board Certification. If you have not yet earned your ATR designation, take those steps first.

To earn the ATR-BC, you must pass the national examination, demonstrating comprehensive knowledge of the theories and clinical skills used in art therapy. As with the ATR, you also agree to provide services within the ethical guidelines of the ATCB Code of Ethics, Conduct, and Disciplinary Procedures.

The examination is offered twice a year by paper-and-pencil. One administration coincides with the American Art Therapy Association's Annual Conference, both in the host city and simultaneously in at least nine other U.S. cities. The other paper-and-pencil administration coincides with the Expressive Therapies Summit in New York City. In addition to the paper-pencil exam administrations, you may take the exam via computer based testing three other times during the year. For details about examination dates, locations and registration deadlines, click here.

If you are a Registered Art Therapist in good standing and have already passed the ATCB Board Certification Exam (ATCBE) as part of your state licensure in the past five years (60 months), you may apply for Board Certification using your passing ATCBE score. You must apply online and you must have taken and passed the ATCBE for state licensure within the preceding five years (60) months prior to submitting your application. The application fee is $75. Click here to apply online.

After you receive official notification that you have been approved for the ATR-BC credential, you are entitled to use the designation ATR-BC. Maintaining the credential involves an annual fee and you must be recertified every five years by completing and documenting continuing education or through re-examination.

ATR-BC Application Handbook

Review the ATR-BC Application Handbook in its entirety prior to beginning the application process. You must apply for the ATR-BC online.

For information regarding test dates, registration deadlines and fees please refer to the ATCB Examinations webpage.

If you have any questions about the application or credentialing process, contact our office. We are glad to help.