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.


Provisional Registered Art Therapist (ATR-Provisional)

The Provisional Registered Art Therapist (ATR-Provisional) is the credential that ensures an art therapist meets established educational standards, with successful completion of advanced specific graduate-level education in art therapy, and is practicing art therapy under an approved supervisor(s). Individuals are eligible to apply for this credential once they have completed their degree (or education requirements for the ATR-Provisional) and are engaged in a supervisory relationship with a qualified supervisor(s). The ATR-Provisional is not a required credential to apply for the ATR.

Candidates shall submit their application to the ATCB using the MyATCB portal and, if approved, are notified accordingly. They may then use the ATR-Provisional credential designation.

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

ATR-Provisional Application Handbook (PDF)

The ATR-Provisional Application Handbook explains all of the requirements for the ATR-Provisional application and contains the required forms.

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

Be sure all requirements are completed and documented prior to applying for the ATR-Provisional credential. If you have any questions about the application or credentialing process, please contact us at 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

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.