ATR-BC Board Certification
“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. 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 and/or if the Disciplinary & Litigation History section of the renewal process is not completed & submitted, your credential will become inactive. You may not use the ATR-BC designation if your credential is inactive. If your credential has become inactive you must seek reinstatement. (please see fee chart).
Your annual renewal notice for your registration as an Art Therapist 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 June 30, and/or if the Disciplinary & Litigation History section of the renewal process is not completed & submitted, your credential will become inactive. You may not use the ATR-BC designation if your registration lapses and you will need to be reinstated.
Due to the COVID19 pandemic, and ATCB is offering an extension on renewing. Given the circumstances, if you need to extend your annual renewal due date, ATCB is allowing an extension the fee is $25.00, and you will have until December 1, 2020, to pay the usual renewal fee. The extension will enable you to continue using your credentials through the extension period. Some important things to note:
- All renewal extension requests and the $25.00 fee must be submitted by June 30, 2020.
- If you apply for an extension you can renew your credential any time before or on December 1, 2020.
- If you opt to not apply for the extension and do not pay your renewal fee by June 30, 2020, you must pay a $30 late fee and make the renewal payment within 30 days, or your credential becomes inactive. If your credential becomes inactive there is a $400 fee to reinstate your standing.
This renewal extension period is only being offered because of the disruption due to the pandemic; this is only good for the 2020 credential renewal year.
See the ATR-BC Application Handbook for details
View the Fee chart for all ATCB fees
Read the Frequently Asked Questions